MIAMI, Fla. – May 11 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — With a growing trend in eco-friendly fashion, Ecoist (www.ecoist.com) has launched its new line of colorful one-of-a-kind handbags made from recycled candy wrappers, and announced it has planted an additional 400 trees through its commitment to environmental preservation.

Photo Caption: Ecoist handbags are made from recycled candy wrappers, food packages, and soda labels. Ecoist plants a tree for every bag sold.

Through its partnership with organizations like Trees for the Future and American Forests, Ecoist plants a tree for every bag that it sells. These well-established organizations plant trees in Mexico, India, Haiti, and the United States, among many other countries.

“By creating durable, stylish and trendy products that are made from recycled or organic materials, we hope to increase the demand for eco-friendly fashion and create a positive impact on our earth,” says Jonathan Marcoschamer, one of the company’s co-founders. “We believe that it’s not only our human responsibility to preserve the environment, but that there is a real business opportunity in developing sustainable products,” he concludes.

By selling their edgy and hip products through trendy boutiques and gift stores, the company hopes to attract and educate consumers on the importance of the earth’s preservation. Having begun only nine months ago, Ecoist has already been featured in Good Morning America, Elle Magazine, and Women’s Wear Daily, and currently sells its products in over 115 retail stores in the U.S., including Fred Segal in LA, Takashimaya in New York, and Simon’s and Green in Miami.

About Ecoist

Ecoist is a Miami-based company that produces and markets a line of handbags designed by designer Marisa Rey. The handbags are made from excess and misprinted material used to make recycled candy wrappers, food packages, and soft drink labels. Ecoist takes these reject paper and plastic labels and weaves them into one-of-a-kind handbags with patterns and colors that vary widely. Ecoist plans to launch new lines of fashion and home accessories made from recycled and organic materials.

For more information, visit www.ecoist.com

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