A LITTLE KNOWN ‘BAGS OF ETHICS’ STORY OF
FEMALE EMPOWERMENT & A VISION OF HOW THE WORLD COULD BE.
Over 20 years ago we started selling 100% reusable promotional bags. We worked with small farm shops, book shops and health food outlets. The orders were small, but we (a group of about 12 staff) kept going. An ancient Indian proverb says "we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but rather borrow it from our children' - we too shared this vision of a more sustainable world. Our staffs are idealistic and love finding innovative and sustainable solutions to client briefs.
Then about five years ago, the British public rejected throw away plastic and switched to reusable bags.
Many companies entered our marketplace looking for a fast profit. We could have taken short-term advantage of the demand by trading huge quantities from factories all over the world. But together with the Co-operative we built our own factory to modern standards in Pondicherry, India and launched the UK’s first Fairtrade supermarket carrier bag.
We wanted to make sure that the huge demand for reusable bags improved the working lives of the men and women who stitch and screen-print them – to give them training and a profession. So we built our own factory to make sure that staff (now over 2,000) was treated well.
Building our own factory, meant that sometimes we struggled to cope with the huge volumes (Tesco whom we supplied, reduced use of 1bn plastic bags), but we were committed to raising the standard of living for our employees and empowering our largely female workers - 90% are female and 60% come from an underprivileged family background.
Each of our bags has woven into them the ‘Bags of Ethics’ label which guarantees these environmental and ethical promises. We even won national awards from HRH the Prince of Wales for our ethical commitment to each bit of our supply chain. We even beat big corporates United Utility and EDF Energy in the ‘David and two Goliath’s’ final.
We now work with the likes of TopShop and high profile marketing and creative agencies to create beautiful bags with wonderful prints on the outsideand the ‘Bags of Ethics’ promises on the inside.
So if your looking for bags, drawstring pouches, bottle bags, aprons or tea towels customized and printed in any shape, size or colour call 0845 230 5996 or 020 8459 3260.
World's largest ethical manufacturer
Supreme Creations is the world’s largest ethical manufacturer of reusable bags, promotional textiles and eco packaging and founded by our Chairman, Dr Sri Ram. With over 40,000 customers Supreme Creations have been market leaders for nearly fifteen years. In 2009, Supreme Creations were named HRH Prince of Wales’ National Example of Excellence for our leadership and innovation in the green and ethical way we approach every aspect of our business.
Pioneering products which are green and ethical
We pride ourselves on creating affordable innovative product solutions for clients, which are long-lasting, biodegradable and useful – key elements to any promotional campaign. We are unique in that we not only have the largest stock range of promotional textile options (over 17 million), but we custom make, bespoke items for customers, through our Get Creative© service – allowing customers to get a product which perfectly fits their campaign be it special reusable, eco tote bags (canvas, jute, juco, Fairtrade or organic cotton), to teatowels, aprons, t-shirts, oven gloves and thousands of other options.
Trusted by over 40, 000 customers from global brands, high-street retailers to councils, universities and schools
We are most famous for our reusable bag range, pioneering the reusable bag movement in the UK, working with all levels of customers from retailers like Tesco, Topshop, Boots and The Co Operative, to local councils, marketing agencies, universities, schools and anyone keen to promote them in a green and ethical way. Read more in our case studies section.
Carbon neutral and Fairtrade facilities
We are one of the only Fairtrade manufacturers in the UK, with our experienced customer service teams in our head office in London, and our award-winning 100% carbon neutral and Fairtrade factories in Pondicherry, South India: producing sustainable and ethical products from cotton, jute and environmentally friendly fibres. 9 out of 10 of our work force in India are women, many from very underprivileged backgrounds.
Fairness from seed to stitch to shop to sustainable communities
Our “seed-stitch-shop-sustainable communities” model represents our strong commitment to ethics at every level of our business, from Fairtrade farmers, to stitching ladies to our clients’ green agendas. We support the Wings of Hope Children’s Charity’s (co-founded by ourChairman, Dr Sri Ram) educational projects in the UK, Malawi in Africa and India.
Find out more information on our awards and accreditations, case studies and our manufacturing or if you want to just say “hello” please get in touch.
For press enquiries please refer to our press section.
We launched the UK’s first Fairtrade cotton supermarket carrier bag with The Co-operative.
We were awarded ‘Green Supplier of the Year’, finalist by the The Grocer magazine’s Gold Awards 2009
In 2009, we were named HRH Prince of Wales’ National Example of Excellence – one of the most prestigious awards for business in the UK.
We were finalists of the 'Company of the Year Award' by the British Promotional, and Merchandising Association in 2009.
Our aim is to provide top quality products decorated with top quality designs, and it takes a careful mix of experienced staff and investment in state of the art technology to achieve this. The entire supply chain is under our control.
Control, skilled people and investment in technology are the keys to our manufacturing success.
Supreme Creations' Factory in Pondicherry, 9 out of 10 of workers are women.
Supreme Creations launched for Tesco their iconic Ladybird bag for life
Dr Sri Ram, Founder and Chairman of Supreme Creations,
winning National Example of Excellence Award from Prince Charlesfor our
pioneering and outstanding work in the green and ethical agenda
At our Fairtrade factory in Pondicherry, 9 out of 10 of workers are women.
Trusted by over 40,000 customers from familiar large
names to local councils, universities and schools
Design and style expertise from in-house designers and
fashion-institute partnerships .