10 Jul

6 Sustainable and Ethical Handbags We Know You Will Love

Finding the perfect bag that meets all of your needs can be a challenge. Finding a bag that meets all of your needs, is functional, stylish AND sustainably and ethically made, can be even more challenging. To make things easier for you we have compiled a list of six of our favourites. These bags are kind to people, animals, and the planet, not to mention ridiculously good looking.

Elvis & Kresse

Rated: Great

Tote bag – made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and lined using reclaimed auction banner.

English brand Elvis & Kresse has been rescuing raw materials and transforming them into luxury lifestyle accessories since it was founded in 2005. All items are ethically handmade using eco-friendly materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill, and 50% of the profits from their collections are donated to charity.

Deux Mains

Rated: Good

Deux Mains is a Haitian owned fashion company producing high quality, long-lasting products while employing and empowering marginalised Haitian communities. Deux Mains uses high-quality, long-lasting materials including upcycled tires, and it is a leading advocate for better labour rights.

Chic Made Consciously

Rated: Good

Chic Made Consciously sells edgy eco-friendly bags and accessories made from recycled tyres and other sustainable materials, including repurposed advertising banners. Chic Made Consciously do not use any animal products and work in collaboration with local artisans in Bali, who are the makers of each handcrafted item.

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Gunas

Rated: Good

Livia Bag – 100% vegan

American accessory brand Gunas are committed to being 100% vegan, and is proudly PETA approved. Gunas do not use any PVC in their bags, and are working towards using more upcycled fabrics. We love that the Livia shoulder bag can also double as a backpack.

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The Social Outfit

Rated: Great

Romance was born foldover purse – Made in Australia

The Social Outfit is an ethical trading social enterprise in Sydney that provides employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities. The Social Outfit uses recycled or waste fabric in many of its designs, saving that fabric from making its way to a landfill. The Romance was Born feather purse is lined with donated fabric, meaning no purse is exactly the same.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Falabella GO Oversized Tote – made from recycled nylon

At the slightly pricier end of the scale is Stella McCartney a luxury label committed to operating a modern and responsible business. Stella McCartney does not use leather, down, fur, or angora, and it has set some good environmental standards and is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative. The super luxe Falabella GO oversized tote is the perfect size for an overnight stay or weekend away, and we love that it is made out of recycled nylon.

Editor's note: Feature image via Unsplash. All images via the brands mentioned. Good On You has big plans for ethical fashion in 2019! To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offers code or affiliate links.

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