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Recently, Yves Saint Laurent debuted a special-edition tote bag, dubbed the Muse Two Artisanal Recycled Handbag, made out of recycled plastic bags. With only 60 of these limited edition babies out, this bag retails for $1720. What’s so special about the bag? It has been handcrafted by women artisans in Burkina Faso (West Africa) from materials like plastic bags and recycled cotton. In fact, YSL has an ultra-exclusive “New Vintage” line, which uses unused fabrics from their past collections.

At first look, this seems like an inspired step for an influential fashion retailer. On closer look, you realize its only 60 bags – 5 dozen – and this doesn’t really seem like an impactful number. Is this a sign of low-confidence in eco-friendly fashion or a chance for a haute couture retailer to test the sustainable fashion waters? Will this really make an impact?

Whatever their decision behind the insignificant number, I am excited on the step that they have taken. You might not have the financial resources or the social connections to snag one of these exclusive and iconic pieces – but you have the inspiration to find other ways to implement eco-friendly fashion into your life.

If you are interested in discussing ethical and fair trade concepts and are in the Toronto on June 16th, make sure you check out http://ethicalproducts.eventbrite.com. Register now!

For more information, visit http://www.ecouterre.com/yves-saint-laurent-debuts-muse-two-bag-made-by-african-artisans-from-recycled-plastic-bags/.