5 Ethical & Eco-Friendly Handbags, Totes, & Backpacks

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Sustainable fashion is a movement that everyone is here for. Sustainable fashion aims to push the entire fashion system towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. More and more brands are investing in sustainable/eco-friendly solutions. Here are 5 eco-friendly bags that are not only changing fashion… but the world!

1. Alienina: JULIA ROPE BUCKET COTTON TOP HANDLE BAG

Each Alienina piece is handmade out of a variety of unexpected materials, such as sailing and mountain climbing cords, wicks for oil lamps, resin used in car parts, or straps used for blinds. 80% of the materials are production waste, washable and non-toxic. Like I said before, each piece is handmade meaning there are no two identical pieces among them.

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2. Prada: RE-NYLON BACKPACK

In May, Prada announced the brand would no longer use fur. Soon after, Prada launched “Re-Nylon”, an eco-friendly line of classic bag silhouettes made with a special new nylon; Econyl. Econyl is a 100% regenerated fiber from fishnets and other nylon excess. By 2021, Prada’s goal is to convert 100% of their bags into Re-Nylon products.

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3. Stella McCartney: FALABELLA REVERSIBLE TOTE

Stella McCartney is a lifelong vegetarian whose designs prove you don’t need to use animal products to create luxurious bags. Stella McCartney has been using alter-nappa for bags since 2013. Made from polyester and polyurethane and with a recycled polyester backing, the alter-nappa coating is made with over 50% vegetable oil, a renewable, natural resource.

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4. Simon Miller: BEND TEXTURED-LEATHER SHOULDER BAG

Originally launched as a men’s denim brand, Simon Miller has now expanded to include womenswear and is behind the now-cult bucket bag. The brand reduces environmental impact and conserves water by using organic mills and ozone technology in its production.

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5. Cuyana: MINI SADDLE BAG

Cuyana, which translates to “love” in Quechua, creates ethical leather bags for the modern woman, with soft neutral colors and enough space for just what you need. Cuyana believes in quality above all else. They also believe in “the lean closet” concept. With each order, they provide a reusable bag that you can fill with clothes to donate. In return you receive a $10 credit per donation. It’s a win win!

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Sophia Zigmond / Writer