Bric (also sold at Wearth London) is a company that creates designer-quality handmade sustainable lunch bags. This brand was created by a former costume designer, for the eco-adventurer who loves to go mountain-climbing, hiking or foraging. Ideal for travel, the company works with materials engineers at University of Bristol to further develop green technology for the bags. The bags also pack down to nothing, so are idea to stash in your bag, ready for a picnic or walking trek to the hills. All items are sent out in sustainable packaging with no price tag. And a tree is planted, for every product sold.
We have chosen to list organic cotton and/or wipe-clean items. If you choose items made with polyester waterproof linings, launder in a microplastic catch bag, so synthetic fibres that break off in the machine are caught and disposed of securely, to stop them escaping to the sea, which could harm marine wildlife friends).
Cotton Canvas Lunch Bag are large in size and handmade to order from real cotton. They feature a roll-down action and buckle fastening for easy close, and a practical carry handle on top. The adjustable strap means you can fill it to the top, or roll down small for snacks. There is room inside for a lunch box, water bottle and fruit. Ideal for commuters or trips out in nature. Use a damp cloth with cold or lukewarm water to spot-clean.
Bike Bags are also made from quality cotton canvas, woven in Scotland. These fit neatly onto the handlebars and have adjustable tabs and straps to clip on and off, to wear across the body or to carry over your shoulder. Also good for foraging, you can leave this bag open while gathering hedge finds, or roll it shut, when you get back on your bike. Just roll down to the size of your contents, and adjust the buckle clip and strap to size. Wipe clean with cold water. An upcoming Pannier (a backpack/tote bag made from organic cotton woven in Scotland) is in the works.
Backpacks are spacious and stylish, and made from sturdy cotton canvas, with a waxed shower-proof coating. They have three external pockets for your water bottle, pencil case, umbrella etc, and space inside for a laptop or sketchbook, plus a small pocket for your keys and wallet. Ideal for commuting, these are sold with a life-mending service, if anything should break. Wipe clean with a damp cool cloth.
Bum Bags are simple and stylish, and feature one exterior pocket for your keys or wallet. The main compartment can house a small water bottle and essential items. Made from quality cotton canvas in muted colours, these have military clips and straps and can be worn around the waist, or across the body.
BRIC also makes a few other products, including wonderful organic cotton vegetable bags, ideal for your next trip to the farmers’ market. And organic cotton bread bags (great to extend the life of your loaf).
Never give stale, crusty or mouldy bread to garden birds, as it can choke (neither give bread with fat like leftover buttered sandwiches, as this can smear on feathers and negatively affect waterproofing/insulation of feathers).