Rainproof Purses and Bags from the Amazon

Crafted by local artisans from sustainably-harvested rubber

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Couro Ecológico’s products are unique with their hand-crafted authentic Amazonian designs, made out of sustainably harvested materials. Couro Ecológico, or "ecological leather," is handmade by overlaying the extract of the latex of the Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) onto cotton. This cotton-latex overlay is sun-dried and transformed into a waterproof, durable material with similar texture and durability to animal leather. Learn more about Couro Ecológico purses.

Couro Ecológico (CE) Is an worker-owned association from the tiny rural community of Maguary in the Brazilian Amazon. The association works according to Fair Trade and sustainability principles to provide vital income for its members and for the community as a whole.

Couro Ecológico is distributed in the United States by the Community Empowerment Network (CEN). CEN is a non-profit organization that helps rural communities become more self-reliant. CEN is currently expanding the distribution of Couro Ecológico goods in the United States market in order to build vital marketing skills that will enable Couro Ecológico to increase income levels for themselves and their employees. 100% of the profits from the sale of the products earn additional income for Couro Ecológico’s members, and helps support CEN’s program.   

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CEN's work with Couro Ecológico
CEN and Couro Ecológico;  Preserving a Way of Life in the Amazon (video)