Made from upcycled fabrics, each Little Boomerang bag is handcrafted in their social workshop in Amsterdam, transforming offcuts into unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Proceeds from every purchase are reinvested in the foundation. You are not only buying a sustainable product, but also a beautiful story behind it.
We sat down with the founders of Little Boomerang on how they are striving to make the world a better place with their sustainable bags.
What made you start Little Boomerang?
We, Jikke & Lizette, both mothers of three kids (six in total) met at the school playground waiting for our kids. We both reached a point in our lives, in which it was time to think about a more meaningful career. Lizette was a journalist, Jikke worked as a Digital Brand manager for Bugaboo. We both wanted to make a (small) difference. A sustainable and social difference. After a lot of cappuccinos and ginger teas, Little Boomerang was born: a creative place where we transform upcycled fabrics - which were no longer used - into something special for the little ones (kids), bags and accessories. Not only sustainable but also social as the clothes were made by people with a distance to the labour market.
What is the story behind Little Boomerang and what would you like to achieve?
We both want to bring back transparency and craftsmanship into clothing and textile products. People do not realize how much time, effort and energy it takes to make one product. People are the starting point of our mission. It's our mission to help people around us, people living in Amsterdam with a lot of talent, but without a job. In our atelier they learn, are active again and meet new friends. We see our employees grow self-esteem and that's the most important thing we want to achieve. Not far away, but local. We hope and try to make their lives a little bit better and less lonely.
What do you care about most when creating and producing your product?
We care most about the people who make our products, but also materials and the way products are made are important to us. As good as we can we use sustainable (re - or upcycled fabrics) materials and our products are made with love, by hand. We take our time and always want to make something beautiful. We have a high-quality standard and want to be transparent about who made our products. We give the makers a face.
What does sustainability mean to you personally and how do you incorporate it into your life?
It means more and more to us every day. We both buy less, better quality and are conscious about the fabrics and brand we buy. We try to teach our kids who and how things are made and we buy from smaller businesses if possible. Next to this, this behaviour expands to other areas, like doing laundry (use better detergents, lower degrees), to minimalism at home, but also how we cook. We are both conscious of creating less waste and buying local. But we also experience that new behaviour takes time. You can not change everything all at once. But every day is a step. We think it's important to teach our kids about a more conscious, sustainable and social behaviour, as these kids are the consumers of the future.
What is your advice to consumers to take the first step?
Think twice before you buy things. Do you really need it? Did you go into the shop, before knowing what you need? Where is it made: locally? What is it made of? Buying better quality and more quality means a longer product life. Save for something special and keep it forever. And repair stuff when it's broken. Start small, in your own household. There are so many easy things you can do already.
What is your best beauty tip? And what are your favourite products or brands?
The beauty tip of Jikke: start your day with a cold glass of water. It keeps your skin young and healthy! To be honest I do not use many beauty products besides a good day cream. Still looking for the best sustainable brand, so open for tips!
The beauty tip of Lizette: cleaning your skin every morning and evening. And going to a beauty therapist every six weeks. Also for relaxing.