OUR Materials

Our choice of materials comes from our vision to create products that are sustainable in every form.

Piñatex® is a natural, responsibly sourced, cruelty free, plant-based alternative to leather, made from pineapple leaf fibres. Created from a by-product of the agricultural industry, no additional land, water or resources are required to produce the raw material.

Apart from being a certified vegan product, it is also REACH compliant and GOTS certified.

Almost 90% of the material is biodegradable making it a new material for a new world. At Beej, we are thrilled to work with Piñatex® to create timeless designs, which flatter both our aesthetic as well as environmental sensibilities.

Learn more about Ananas Anam, the producer of Piñatex® by visiting the 'Our Partners' section on our website.
If you thought cork was only limited to stoppering your favourite wines, get ready to make a new toast!

Light, elastic, and compressible, cork is an excellent raw material to work with, that lends its abrasion resistance and hypoallergenic properties to materials produced from it. On an average, a cork oak tree can live up to 200 years providing a renewable source of cork bark. It has been found that cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tonnes of CO2 every year, and surprisingly when the bark is harvested responsibly, the same trees actually absorb up to five times more CO2, thereby playing a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We get our supply from Portugal, where our partner Portugalia Cork harvests the cork responsibly from Montados (cork forests), which are supported by the World Wildlife Fund and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This certification ensures that the cork is harvested only once every nine years, without hurting the trees.

At Beej, we're using this natural, vegan, eco-friendly cork to create products that are sure to be your new favourites!

Learn more about Portugalia Cork by visiting the 'Our Partners' section on our website.
The leather you see in our designs come from leather scraps that would otherwise find their way into a landfill.

We only collect the scrap leather from factories that are REACH compliant to ensure there is no compromise on quality or safety. The scraps are then sorted by size and colour before we start designing. We mostly use leather scraps to either create trimmings and accents for our products, or to create small accessories.
The inner linings and fabrics we use are all sourced from Khaloom, a group of passionate weavers based out of a weaver’s colony in Bangalore, India. Their fabrics are handwoven using recycled and post-consumer recycled yarn. All fabrics are woven on traditional handlooms that are man-powered and do not require electricity, thereby significantly reducing the carbon footprint required to produce them.

By sourcing from Khaloom who offers their weavers fair wages as well as fixed contracts and benefits such as health insurance and pensions – a rarity in India – we support the preservation of skills that have been passed down by generations.

For our waterproof linings, we use fabrics that have been lovingly recovered from old umbrellas.

Learn more about Khaloom by visiting the 'Our Partners' section on our website.
The zippers used in our bags are NATULON® zippers made by the YKK Fastening Products Group.

The nylon used in the zippers is recycled from post-consumer use plastic products, with over 86% percent of the product being recycled. This is achieved using proprietary manufacturing processes that are designed to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, the use of crude oil as well as the production of industrial waste. The zippers we use are also Bluesign® approved, which ensure that resources are used responsibly during the manufacturing process, with minimal impact on humans and the environment.

Learn more about our supplier of our NATULON zippers by visiting the 'Our Partners' section on our website.