What Daisy Did

Our names are Daisy and Ozric, founders and partners of What Daisy Did.
We have spent several years working at most of the UK's major music festivals, working various roles associated with managing the sites waste. The experience really opened us up to the reality of our disposable lifestyles. We where shocked to see at the end of each event, the amount of tents, wellies, clothes, camping equipment and waste that was just left for landfill!
During the winter we like to travel in search of inspiration. With the shock of the festivals still in our mind we came across a couple of brothers named Manish and Pinu, in India. At this time they where already creating incredible things from recycled materials and we were completely blown away by their work. We soon began on our own range of recycled leather bags. The idea behind the range was to create something that wouldn't cost the earth, and also live a long life. To create our bags we work with Pinu and Manish who we visit every year. Pinu and Manish share responsibility such as sourcing materials, distributing the work between the communities, paying tailors and managing orders. Our Carnival Collection is made from recycled leather that has been wasted by factories within a 140km radius of where the bags are made. If not collected, this leather would otherwise be wasted.
We have 60 families (thirty women and fifty seven men) producing the bags for us. They live in small communities in a 60km radius of the brothers home. Many of the tailors are ex shoe makers that lost their jobs in the trade shift to China. All tailors are paid a fair commission, with living wage realistically achievable within normal working hours. All tailors work from home and have complete working flexibility. Flexible work is great for our tailors as it means they can work around other commitments such as university and parenting.
The machinery, tools and electricity (when used) is all supplied to them by Pinu and Manish.
We do not use any child, elderly or forced labour. Workers set their own deadlines for what they can produce, meaning no pressure is put on them to meet deadlines. We work around them, so to speak. We also keep work availability consistent by building up stock during quiet times.