Bottletop – making social impact through handbags

By Kate | Women
Posted May 30, 2012

Bottletop is a luxury eco brand that creates handmade accessories using recycled ringpulls, crochet and Bahian soft leather. Recently recognized as an ethical lifestyle brand that also delivers visible, measurable social impact, both through its operational activities and through its foundation by the Observer Ethical Awards (they are finalists in the fashion and accessories category sponsored by; all Bottletop pieces are hand-crafted by local women in Salvador, Brazil while the Bottletop Foundation supports over 35,000 young people each year, empowering them with life skills and education to help protect them from contracting HIV/AIDS or falling victim to unplanned teenage pregnancy or drug and substance abuse, through projects in Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Brazil and the UK.

And now Bottletop have collaborated with world HIV/ AIDS charity (RED), to support the (RED)RUSH fund-raising campaign that will be taking place throughout June. To support this campaign, the Bottletop directors- Oliver Wayman and Cameron Saul have designed three limited edition accessories for summer festival dressing. This dual support model is a first for the (RED) campaign and reinforces Bottletop’s mission to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Bottletop will donate 10% from every purchase of (RED) products to the global fund.

“Stemming the rising tide of AIDS is one of the most urgent challenges facing the global community today. I applaud your efforts in this endeavour. What a wonderful and innovative way to stop the spread of this deadly disease.” says Bill Clinton of the Bottletop Foundation.

As with all Bottletop products, these exclusive (RED) designs are beautifully crafted by hand, within the violent favellas of Salvador by local women using recycled ringpulls. Through this work, women from the Bottletop team gain livelihoods and a sense of security they may never have known before.

The products will available to buy online from or starting this Friday (1st June).

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