07 Oct

Top 5 Cute and Conscious Bum Bags and Fanny Packs

A few years ago, we all thought fanny packs (or bum bags, hip bags, belt bags… you get the gist) were this nightmarish and touristy accessory of the past. Despite being so useful for keeping all your belongings within reach, they are one of the world’s most polarising trends (who knew bum bags had such a fascinating history?), and yet, they’re everywhere nowadays. From fast fashion shelves to haute couture runways, fanny packs have been revamped to fit the 21st century modern trends. But not all fanny packs are created equal—or sustainable and ethical.

So step aside, horrible old multi-coloured nylon fanny packs and unethical bum bags, ‘cause we’re here to show you 5 cute, classy, trendy, but most importantly, conscious alternatives!

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Stella Logo Belt Bag – Ships internationally

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition! This belt bag can be fastened around the waist or adjusted to wear crossbody so you can pair it with any outfit.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ Farfetch.

RÆBURN

Rated: Good

Typhoon Belt Bag – Ships internationally

If you’re looking for the perfect fanny pack to complete your ethical streetwear look, then look no further than this Typhoon Belt Bag by Raeburn. British streetwear brand Christopher Raeburn makes an art out of upcycling. This is a fashion-forward brand for men and women that creates sharp looks from military surplus, like in this olive belt bag. It also offers free repairs so you can take care of your precious investment pieces.

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Shop Raeburn @ Farfetch.

Sandqvist

Rated: Good

Vandela Bum Bag – Ships internationally

Here’s another bag you can wear two different ways! This chic and minimalist shoulder bag by Sandqvist also doubles as a belt bag. Sweden’s Sandqvist makes a range of stylish, everyday bags from backpacks to handbags. It uses organic cotton and recycled fabrics, and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Sandqvist even has its own workshop which repairs and upcycles old bags into new products.

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Hamilton Perkins Collection

Rated: Good

Earth Bag Hip – Ships internationally

Hamilton Perkins Collection is a certified B Corporation brand that creates designer travel bags made from recycled plastic bottles and repurposed billboard vinyl lining. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, and does not use any animal derived materials. Hamilton Perkins Collection’s classic bum bag is made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled billboards, and the brand recycles one square yard of billboard for every bag they sell. What’s not to like?

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Shop Hamilton Perkins Collection.

BeeKeeper Parade

Rated: Great

Red Fox Beekeeper Bum Bag – Ships internationally

BeeKeeper Parade creates backpacks, iPad cases and other fashion accessories out of discarded fabric waste. In addition to being better for the planet, people, and animals, the Red Fox Bum Bag is perfect for holding all your essentials, whether you’re passing through airports or rocking out at a music festival. Plus it’s super cute!

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Shop Beekeeper Parade.

Editor's note: feature image via Farfetch, all other images via 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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