We know that finding a bag that’s both beautiful and functional can be difficult. But finding a bag that’s created in a way that’s kind to people, animals and the planet can be much harder! So we’ve tracked down some bags with the looks and the ethics to compliment your conscious wardrobe.
The Good On You app is a great place to discover ethical bags that suit your style. Tap browse by category from the home screen then select bags and away you go! Here are some of our favourites to get you started.
Mayan Clutch – handmade in India
GUNAS is your one-stop shop for American designer handbags that are 100% vegan. The visually arresting Mayan Clutch features a intricately hand-beaded exterior and recycled fabric lining. GUNAS does not use any PVC in their bags and are working to include upcycled and vintage fabrics into their designs.
Chic Made Consciously
Triangle Bag – made from repurposed truck tire inner tube
Chic Made Consciously brings you a range of edgy sustainable bags and accessories. Their materials of choice include recycled car tires and repurposed advertising banners. Artisans in Bali, Indonesia, transform these unwanted items into streetwise accessories.
Chic Made Consciously are offering our North American readers 15% off their range of bags + wallets! Use the discount code: CHIC15
Matt & Nat
Munich Mini in Apricot – with 100% recycled nylon lining
Canadian brand Matt & Nat pride themselves on innovative and sustainable design. Their extensive range includes everything from sunglasses cases and toiletry bags to clutches and totes. Matt & Nat revel in both neutral tones and candy colours. The Munich Mini is proof that a backpack can be pretty and functional!
Black Falabella Box Mini Bag – made from cruelty-free materials
Stella McCartney is a luxury brand that has set some good environmental standards, including a strategy to reduce waste across their entire supply chain. The ultra chic Falabella Box is crafted from Eco Alter Nappa, which is a mix of polyester and polyurethane and has a coating made with over 50% vegetable oil. The bag’s lining is made from recycled plastic bottles.
Indian Clutch Bag – made in Malawi
Mayamiko produce contemporary designs using traditional African techniques. This stunning over-sized envelop clutch has been made under ethical conditions in Malawi. One of the great things about owning a bag from Mayamiko is that they only ever make 10-15 pieces in their exclusively sourced fabric.
Mayamiko is giving our Australian + New Zealand readers 20% off their ecochic bags! Use the discount code: GOODONYOU20
Olivia Envelope Wallet in Withered Rose – handcrafted by skilled artisans
Amour Vert (meaning Green Love in French) is a San Francisco based label which carries bags by a variety of designers. Angela Roi designed the Olivia Envelope Wallet in honour of “a woman with strength and a lady with class”. This delicious looking bag is 100% vegan.
The Social Outfit
WEFTshop Banana Clutch – made in Thailand
The Social Outfit employs and trains people from refugee and new migrant communities. Lahu artisans in Mae Sot, Thailand, crafted this super cute banana clutch with pom-pom trim. These artisans are refugees and migrants based in the Thai-Burma border region. WEFTshop provides these talented artisans with fair payment and working conditions.
Trusted ethical ratings in the palm of your hand.
Editor’s note: Ratings correct at time of publication. Images via the brands.