Fashionable bags create jobs for new Canadians and save the environment

July 29th, 2015 by Anouk Bertner 1 Comment

OTTAWA, Canada – July 29, 2015

EcoEquitable announced today that on August 4th it will be launching its newest brand, Flagbarer. Flagbarer brings together durable fashion with social and environmental responsibility. The fashionable bags, made of recycled flags from Canada’s capital region, also serve as a means of education and employment for new Canadians. EcoEquitable provides skill training to new and underemployed Canadians and is looking to revitalize a sewn manufacturing industry in Ottawa.

The unique handmade products feature flags and banners that represent a truly Canadian heritage. Each piece is locally sourced and designed, cut and sewn by hand at EcoEquitable offices and created in limited editions.  Current models include The Robson Duffle, a great all purpose bag for running to the gym or picking of groceries, and the Athabaska Travel Roll, a versatile roll perfect for artists, chefs or packing toiletries for your next trip.

“Flagbarer products help people feel great about doing something that helps the community. Every bag bought means meaningful employment and one less flag going to a landfill,” says Tara Templin, Executive Director of EcoEquitable. “We’re helping women and we’re helping families. 65% of the women coming through EcoEquitable have been able to transfer these skills into employment or new learning opportunities. This is a great step towards helping to grow the Canadian mosaic.”

To find out more information about Flagbarer visit or contact

Founded in 2002, EcoEquitable Inc. is a registered Canadian charity, providing temporary employment and skills development training through small-scale textile recycling. Our mission is to provide a bridge to social and economic integration for people in need, especially immigrant women, while greening our community. 

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