Never be caught without a shopping bag again! Each compact heart bag unfolds into a full-sized shopping bag, so they're perfect for keeping in your purse, gym bag, or center console in case of last-minute shopping trips.
Each handmade bag is created by and supports the Tubahumurize Association - an organization that supports and empowers female survivors of violence and marginalization in Rwanda.
From the Tubahumurize website: "Tubahumurize Association serves survivors of violence and other socially and economically marginalized women including: genocide survivors, victims of gender-based violence, women living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses, single mothers, grandmothers and orphaned girls heading up households. Many of our organization's beneficiaries fall into several of these categories. We provide a safe, supportive, female-centered space for women, group and individual trauma counselling, life-skills coaching and gender/human rights education, healthcare education and support services, vocational training, and opportunities for sustainable income-generating activities. To date, Tubahumurize has assisted over 1000 women through our programs. We currently serve about 450 Rwandan women and, indirectly, also support about 1,050 dependent children."
"Tubahumurize" is a Kinyarwanda word meaning "let us console and give them hope." We are honored to support this organization through these beautiful bags.
Please note that the fabric options are random, and therefore we do not have a way for you to choose the fabric you would like for your bag. If you have a general color preference, feel free to include it in the order notes and we will do our best to accommodate.
When folded into the heart shape, the bags are approximately 6"x6".
When unfolded, the bags are approximately 15"x17.5" (not including handles).
Each bag is made from waxed cotton [kitenge] and plastic zippers.
Packaging + End of Life
These bags will either be completely unpackaged, or wrapped in reused kraft paper, which can be backyard composted or curbside recycled.
At the end of their life, the fabric from these bags can be composted, but the zippers should be sent to landfill, or reused!
Handmade in Rwanda.
Great bag your purse
This fits great in my purse, it is very easy to fold and zipper back together. It is very sturdy, strong, quality made. Plus, it's super cute. Great purchase, I definitely recommend it.
I love Umutima Compact Shopping Bags!
I purchased one of these bags about a year ago and absolutely love it! Not only does it fold up into a cute heart shape, but it is the perfect size unfolded and the fabrics are beautiful. I love that they're handmade and support survivors of violence in Rwanda. When prepping for Holiday gifts this year, I decided these bags would be great reusable gift bags! My purchase was delivered quickly, and the bags are beautiful! Can't wait to share them with friends and family.
We ship ugly boxes
Our commitment to sustainability doesn't end when you press that checkout button.
We pack all of our orders in reused boxes and envelopes, with reused paper packaging, post-consumer recycled paper labels, and even paper tape.
You may not get an IG-worthy unboxing, but you will get the most sustainable packaging we can possibly find.
Oh and did we mention our shipping is always carbon negative?
Let's go to the real winner in my eyes. Honestly, I could have purchased this exact razor many other places, but the packaging A Drop in the Ocean uses to ship will have me coming back time and time gain.
My first purchase from them was some floss a while ago and it arrived in a reused tea box with a hand written note that was written on scrap paper. I was blown away.
I had never seen a company who claimed to be sustainable ACTUALLY prove to be sustainable through and through. The fact that every piece of the packaging was reused and minimal will have me come back over and over again. If I can purchase it here, I will purchase it here.
1% for the Ocean
We're on a mission to use business as a force for good. That's why we donate at least 1% of your purchase to our ocean conservation partner, Vermilion Sea Institute.
In 2021, we donated $1,304 to VSI.
We ship worldwide!
If you're in the Tacoma, Washington region, we probably deliver to your doorstep. Check out the Delivery FAQ below!
Shipping costs are determined by weight and travel distance, and automatically calculated at checkout.
If you're in the continental US, we offer free shipping for all orders over $50.
If you're in Alaska, Hawaii, or any of the US territories, we offer free shipping for all orders over $75.
A Drop in the Ocean is an online zero waste and sustainable living boutique based out of Tacoma, Washington. We do not have a brick-and-mortar shop, but we do offer local delivery around the South Sound region, including refills of your household essentials.
We do all of our deliveries on Tuesdays. Orders must be placed by 5pm on Monday for guaranteed Tuesday delivery. At checkout, select the "South Sound Local Delivery (Tuesdays)" shipping option, and we'll add you to our route.
Note that we do have a $20 order minimum for delivery, and a $5 delivery fee for orders under $50.
For full details on our delivery system, check out our Local Delivery page.