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What's in your Bag?

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A couple of months after my younger son was born I met a gentleman at the playground who was interested in studying English. We talked mainly about current affairs to improve his spoken English (remember we live in Japan).

At the time the big stories in the news were about chemicals being found in food and other items, from China. One that stuck in my mind was the Melamine in Toothpaste story. Melamine is a component of plastic plates. We had one with Noddy on it, you might have some too. Melamine should not be in toothpaste. This story raised many concerns over manufacturing in China. Here in Japan, there was quite a backlash and even today my neighbours routinely tell me that they avoid any kind of vegetable or produce from China. 

This news broke right around the time that I was starting my business Mee a Bee. My baby was just a year old. I did not want anything toxic in my house - food, toothpaste or fabric. Knowing that Japan has very stringent laws about the kind of chemicals that can be used for manufacturing I vowed to only ever use fabrics that I could say with certainty were manufactured here in Japan. 

Golden Rule: What's REALLY in your bag?

This is one rule I have never broken here at Mee a Bee. I use natural fabrics wherever possible - cotton, cotton linen. I only use fabrics that are made in Japan. I care about keeping your kids and mine safe from excessive use of chemicals and dangerous manufacturing techniques. This is difficult in the manufacture of fabric, we can only be mindful and take as much care as possible. 

The flap of the Mee a Bee Messenger bag is lined with 100% brushed cotton flannel. I do not use iron-on interfacing because it's basically glue. 

In addition, Mee a Bee bags do not contain metal zippers or fasteners. Again, I think it's important to keep as much unnecessary metal, chemicals and nasties out of the things our children use and could potentially put in their mouths. 


I do not currently use certified organic fabrics.  To use organic fabric is difficult due to the nature of the fabrics I use being printed and dyed. Our threads are polyester and the straps are acrylic but rest-assured I have chosen the best quality and the safest with regards to chemical dyes and inks. 

Mee a Bee Philosophy: To always use fabrics made in Japan, to choose natural fabrics where possible, to avoid toxic chemical usage. 
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