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Nature Bag

Handmade and Humanitarian

Iowa native Bill Newbrough received a Nature Bag as a gift a few years ago, after a guided trip to a remote area in the jungles of Asia. Today he’s working with Bonsou Keoamphone (Sou for short), the guide who gave him the souvenir, to spread the word about these incredible bags. Sou, 22, is founder of a poverty reduction program aimed at helping the Khmu people enrich their lives while preserving a centuries-old tradition.
Nature Bag
Handmade and Humanitarian

Iowa native Bill Newbrough received a Nature Bag as a gift a few years ago, after a guided trip to a remote area in the jungles of Asia. Today he’s working with Bonsou Keoamphone (Sou for short), the guide who gave him the souvenir, to spread the word about these incredible bags. Sou, 22, is founder of a poverty reduction program aimed at helping the Khmu people enrich their lives while preserving a centuries-old tradition.

Nature Bags are woven from fibers of the kudzu vine, which grows prodigiously in the region. The bags stretch and expand to hold a lot more cargo (groceries, books, beach toys) than you might expect. The fabric seems to cradle the contents, which keeps items from shifting and reduces the chance of bruising fragile fruits and vegetables. Three styles are available. Pahk is all natural in color, while Noy adds black stripes and detailing along the seams. The Beach Bag has a multicolor sack and incorporates cotton on the shoulder strap for a softer feel.

No two are alike, but each Nature Bag is special. They’re sustainable in more ways than one. The raw materials are available in abundance, and every purchase helps to improve the quality of life for the Khmu people.