Merkato Signature Tote
Merkato Signature Tote
Certified B Corp
What's a B-Corp?
A B-Corporation is a for-profit business that uses commerce to contribute to solving social and environmental problems.
How do you become a B-Corp?
It's a rigorous process with assessments and inspections to make sure we're upholding the highest standard of sustainability. Everything from production processes, to shipping practices, to how we treat our employees. We get reassessed and re-scored every 2 years, and our score has gone up with every re-test!
Why are you a B-Corp?
Well, our mission is the same as it was before becoming a B-Corp! But with certified status, you don't have to take our word for it. We're extremely proud to be part of the B-Corp community because it helps you know that we're doing good, helps keep us accountable in every department, and gives us the opportunity to educate other brands on ways they can make their impact even more positive.
So you're "just" a B-Corp? Any special awards or anything?
We're so glad you asked! As it happens, we were recognized as "Best for the World 2021" for Community Impact, out of over 4,000+ B-Corps. So from the most sustainable, impactful brands across the planet, we're officially among the best. Learn more about our impact here.
Our leather is sourced from independent cattle ranches local to our Addis Ababa factory. This helps to reduce the impact of transportation and help drive economic growth in Ethiopia, as well as induce demand for more sustainable ranching practices. Our end-of-life leather is sourced primarily from food livestock, allowing byproducts to be repurposed for many years to come.
Many leather brands market their products as "premium" or "genuine" leather, which sounds nice, but it's no full-grain. Where their materials are often sanded, thinned, and weakened for a leather that's cheaper and easier to work with, Parker Clay leather is as durable and beautiful as nature intended. Our process leverages raw, unaltered leather, natural dyes, and water conservation practices.
Guaranteed For Life
We believe that fashion shouldn't be fast. Rather than buying into trends or fads, we recognize the value in building goods the right way, appreciating them for life, and passing them on to the next generation – no recycling or upcycling needed. As such, we're proud to stand behind our products with the Built For Life Guarantee. Anytime your bag needs some TLC, send it our way for a repair.