One day everything new, will come from something old. This mantra is critical in our conception, and one we strive to reach everyday. If certain materials do not perform to the highest standard we will in those rare cases use virgin material, to strike the optimal balance of sustainability and performance. When and if there is a chance to replace that material with an upcycled material that performs to our stringent standards, we will be first to implement it.

It is important to us to only work with suppliers that meet our high standards for environmental and social sustainability. Throughout our design and manufacturing process, we support the local community by reducing waste from scrap yards and keeping our environmental footprint as minimal as possible by working with materials that are close to Montreal whenever possible.

Close up of dark blue fishing net in a pile


The main material we use in our designs is ECONYL®, a highly sustainable and durable fabric from Italian textile manufacturer Aquafil. The main component in this robust fabric is regenerated fishing nets.

Econyl’s parent company, Aquafil, is a key partner of The Healthy Seas Foundation, aiming to eliminate abandoned fishnets causing unnecessary deaths and harm to marine life. Volunteer divers retrieve this marine waste from fish farming and fishing industries without disturbing marine ecosystems. The fishnets are subsequently cleaned, sorted, and sent for regeneration.

This impressive material is stretchy when woven, relatively tough, and easy to weave into tightly knit garments and industrial textiles. Not only does it come from sustainable sources, it is also infinitely recyclable. 

You can find Econyl used in all our outerwear, most of our bags, and some of our smaller objects

Close up of salvaged seatbelts, in a lose pile


This is where BEDI began— with seatbelts salvaged from Quebec's scrapyards. When Founder, Inder Bedi, discovered that these incredibly durable and utilitarian components often end up in landfill, he was inspired to find a way to integrate them into everyday designs in a sleek and timeless way. (And he still personally goes to the scrapyards to cut them out of the cars whenever we need more!)

Salvaged seatbelts make the perfect straps for BEDI bags. Built to withstand harsh conditions, they make for reliable, durable bag straps, with a subtle, yet sleek aesthetic. By repurposing seatbelts as bag straps, we breathe new life into materials that would otherwise go to waste. This innovative upcycling approach helps us reduce our carbon footprint and minimize the demand for new resources.

Artistic close-up of isosoft insulation, which is white and slightly fluffy.


Isosoft is the multi-layer insulation fabric used in all BEDI Studios' outerwear. This insulation is guaranteed to keep you warm down to -30°C, and although it is much less bulky than traditional down, it is very lightweight and can be used in sleek and fitted designs without sacrificing utility. 

Created in Belgium, it is made from polyester but designed to mimic the properties of down. Just like a down feather, it is made of very fine fibres in micro-spherical shapes designed to create those pockets of warm air. These fibres are separated by “air interlayers” which is what makes it so warm. It is hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and and it does not droop after exposure to moisture or after being washed (which means best of all, your coat won't need to be dry cleaned!) 

A cotton field photographed at sunrise, with cotton bolls visible and backlit on all plants


Our 100% cotton knits are made in small batches in Canada, using sustainably grown cotton from North Carolina, USA.

By using sustainably grown cotton rather than conventional cotton, we reduce the use of harmful pesticides, help to protect soil and water sources, and support the well-being of the farmers and surrounding communities. We are proud to offer knits that are durable and comfortable without compromising on sustainability. 

A close up of nopal cactus plants


Climate change poses significant challenges, with prolonged droughts and desertification threatening vulnerable regions. Nopal possesses unique characteristics that enable it to thrive in limiting conditions, making it a resilient solution. 

With its ability to grow where other crops fail, nopal can help restore degraded land and conserve water in arid regions, and most interestingly, it has impressive CO2 sequestering capacity. Desserto® estimates that with their 14 acres of cacti, they are able to absorb 8,100 tons of CO2/year, while only generating 15.30 tons of CO2 annually at their farm. 

Desserto® is vegan, Certified USDA Organic, and a Certified USDA Biobased Product.

A group of sheep stand in a grassy field eating grass. The sheep in the middle of the frame looks directly at the camera


Our merino wool is ethically sourced from Australia and is certified by the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is a comprehensive set of guidelines that guarantee the welfare of sheep, protection of the environment, and fair treatment of farmers.

Using only certified RWS wool means that our wool is sourced from farms that must adhere to a certain level of animal welfare. Sheep are provided with sufficient food, water, and shelter. Mulesing, a painful practice often used in the wool industry, is strictly prohibited under the RWS. 

The RWS also focuses on environmental stewardship, ensuring that farms minimize their impact on ecosystems and biodiversity. Farmers are encouraged to adopt sustainable practices, including responsible land management and the protection of sensitive areas.

The RWS emphasizes the importance of fair and transparent trade. It guarantees that farmers receive a fair price for their wool and are treated ethically. By supporting RWS Certified wool, we contribute to the livelihoods of farmers and foster a sustainable future for the entire wool industry.

A landscape view of a quaint Italian village with fields in the background


There is a reason that Italian leather is widely considered to be the highest quality. Salvaged from the furniture and aviation industries in Italy, our premium upcycled leather is a testament to Italian craftsmanship. Despite the beautiful quality, it would typically have been discarded, along with the piece it was a part of. By carefully cutting around any imperfections, and using the large sections that are still in excellent condition, we’re able to  repurpose this leather into beautiful, durable bags. 

A close-up of dark green twill material


One of our newest materials, we’re excited to be using deadstock weather-resistant twill. This sturdy fabric was originally designed for outdoor furniture, making it the perfect material for our durable bags.

Deadstock is the term used to describe leftover fabric that can no longer be used for its original purpose, and will otherwise go to waste. By utilizing high-quality deadstock fabric, we are able to create high-quality, durable pieces, while keeping this fabric out of landfill.

Soy beans growing on a plant, surrounded by green leaves, and backlit.


Our candles are made with 100% all-natural soy wax that is clean-burning, vegan, cruelty-free, and paraffin-free. Unlike the paraffin wax used in most traditional candles, soy wax is 100% biodegradable, and is a renewable source. 

Soy wax, derived from soybean oil, is a type of vegetable wax. Following the soybean harvesting, the beans undergo a series of steps including cleaning, cracking, de-hulling, and flake rolling. The oil is subsequently extracted from the flakes and undergoes a process called hydrogenation, which converts some of the unsaturated fatty acids in the oil to saturated fatty acids. This raises the melting point of the oil and allows it to remain solid at room temperature.


We are proud to have the following certifications, with more in progress

Good on you logo
USDA Organic Logo black and white
Oeko-tex standard 100 logo black and white
reach compliance logo, black and white
The international EPD system logo, black and white