Round, square, or asymmetrical, wallets can come in all different shapes and sizes. These organizational wonders are beautifully designed to meet all of your daily needs, acting as a catchall for makeup, coins, and everything in between. But finding the perfect wallet that meets all of your needs can be a challenge. For some, the costs of leather aren’t worth it, demonstrating the need for better, more sustainable alternatives. For others, durability and design take precedence. Regardless of your values, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of our favourite sustainable wallets and purses from brands that are doing their bit, all while looking fantastic.
Our Top 25 Favourite Sustainable Wallets and Purses
The name says it all: elegant, sophisticated, and made from 100% cactus leather, the Heidi Slimline Wallet is the perfect going-out wallet. Born out of a love for design and a commitment to the Earth, A_C’s design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless accessories. The Australian brand uses an amazing eco-fabric, cactus leather AKA Desserto Pelle. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. Love!
Canadian brand tentree believes big change starts small. Small as in bringing your reusable bag to the grocery store, making fewer, more thoughtful purchases, and choosing to purchase sustainably when you do. The brand plants ten trees for every item purchased to help regenerate ecosystems and provide planting jobs in communities around the world, and has already planted over 65 million trees.
All tentree’s products are created with an Earth-First approach, meaning they're made in fair, safe working conditions, and constructed using only sustainably sourced and recycled materials. tentree’s super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples are typically available from XS to XL.
If you’re looking to give materials a second life, now is your chance! Elvis & Kresse specially crafts accessories out of genuine British fire hose, which provides water resistance and incredible durability. Even better, all of the brand’s products are ethically handmade with 50% of profits going back to charities.
O My Bag merges style and a responsible approach, creating vintage inspired, rugged-chic bags made from eco-friendly, high quality materials. The Sonny Wallet comes in the brand’s Stromboli leather, which is supple, pliable, and exudes a relaxed look. Designed for everyday use and handcrafted in India, the Sonny wallet is sure to exceed expectations. Even better, the brand’s premium quality sustainable leather is tanned without the use of harmful chemicals and has no synthetic top finish. Although some with animal welfare front of mind may favour a vegan leather approach, O My Bag believes that eco-friendly leather is the way to go.
Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources. Made from fine grain leather (so vegans should avoid) this circle wallet fits nicely in any bag for any time of year.
HYER GOODS is an NY-based, leather goods label that curates hand-made products including handbags, wallets, and accessories. By upcycling “trash” it eliminates the massive energy footprint needed to cultivate land, livestock, crops and fertilizers, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Less energy and less pollution mean fewer greenhouse gases. Convert your phone into a card wallet with this slim leather attachment that sticks right on to the back of your phone or phone case.
The Sara wallet purse is versatile and perfect for any event. This vegan wallet is great for daily use and doubles as a bag—just add the detachable chain strap. If leather isn’t your thing, look no further. This convertible wallet is handcrafted from premium cork from Portugal, which is biodegradable. Neat!
UK-based GROUNDTRUTH grew from 3 sisters’ shared belief in the power of collaboration, and their drive to protect people and nurture the planet. Together, they saw the opportunity to design problem-solving travel goods that drive positive change: reducing plastic pollution and improving people’s lives.
Made from 100% recycled leather, the Wilton Purse is the perfect minimalist coin purse for all kinds of coins and cards. BEEN London turns waste into timeless accessories you’ll want to use every day. All its products are made of materials that have been something else in a previous life, including recycled leather offcuts and plastic bottles.
In need of a little change? The Liya Pouch is the perfect fix with its rounded shape and suede feel. If you’re looking for something smaller, Parker Clay features simple, snap-style wallets that will last you years. This American based brand also works to better the lives and communities in Ethiopia by partnering with Ellilta Women at Risk program. Vegans note this, and a lot of the brand’s other bags and purses, are made with genuine leather.
NAE is a Portuguese footwear, bags, and accessories brand using innovative materials to create goods with “No Animal Exploitation”. Its sustainable materials include recycled PET from bottles, OEKO-TEX® certified microfibres, recycled car tyres, natural cork, recycled thermoplastic, and even pineapple leaf fibre! Find most of the shoes in sizes 36 to 46.
Unrecorded is an independent clothing brand from the Netherlands that represents a new wave of unisex brands that are rebelling against the nature of fast fashion. Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces apparel using eco-friendly materials. Its range includes items that are all year round essentials suitable for any wardrobe, available in sizes XS-2XL.
The Hanna Wallet brings a modern take on a classic look. Crafted from cow leather which softens with age, this is a piece to keep forever. A pioneer of independent Australian design, Elk was founded in Melbourne in 2004. The brand creates bi-annual collections that are informed by a design ethos where simplicity and sustainability meet innovation.
Tired of constantly holding everything? Look no further. This vegan bag features a thick strap and is PVC and solvent free, featuring four card slots, three main pockets, and a built-in zipper coin purse. As always, Stella McCartney has been at the forefront of luxury design with non-leather materials as part of its cruelty-free ethos.
This card holder is crafted from full grain aniline-dyed Scandinavian leather certified by the Leather Working Group. Personalize your style and add some beautiful detail to your look with this high-quality leather card holder that will age beautifully over time. The brand uses organic cotton and recycled fabrics and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.
Akin to its mission to “problem solve,” this Bolso baby clam wallet will solve all of your daily needs, holding just the essentials. This Guatemalan brand features premium hand-crafted leather goods (so vegans steer clear) and 20% of its profits are directly invested into social and environmental projects for the communities where its products are made.
Mila.Vert is a European brand that prides itself in crafting sustainable contemporary classics. This faux suede beauty is multi-purpose and made from 100% recycled polyester. Use it to safely store your phone and keys or as a clutch for any function. It’s durable, lightweight, and vegan!
Will’s Vegan Store produces animal and human friendly women’s and men’s footwear and accessories at affordable prices. This unisex card case is no exception. Ethically made in Portugal under European Union Employment, Discrimination and Health & Safety Laws, this card case is timeless without ever forfeiting ethics.
Fun and quirky, this large circle clutch is sure to accompany you on many adventures. Made from textured Italian bovine leather, this beauty is sure to age well over the years. Graine uses as much of the leather hide as possible in all its designs which means you may find imperfections such as blemishes or natural markings on some products.
Founded in 1921, Gucci is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces menswear, womenswear, as well as shoes, bags, and other accessories. The brand has good policies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but still uses exotic animal skin. The good news is that you can find many of Gucci's modern luxury pieces second hand!
Burberry is a British luxury fashion house known for its timeless beige trench coats. The brand has good policies to monitor suppliers, but it still uses exotic animal products. Shopping Burberry second hand allows us to add items to our wardrobe without using additional resources in the manufacturing process, to keep clothes out of landfills, and to (re)discover Burberry's unique and special pieces along the way.
Calvin Klein is an American brand which specialises in ready-to-wear underwear and accessories. The brand has made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but is not taking adequate steps to reduce textile waste in its supply chain. Buying Calvin Klein second hand allows you to keep clothes out of landfills and slow down the restless fast fashion cycle.
So, there you have it! A wonderful compilation of our favourite sustainable wallets and purses that will hopefully keep you organized and ready-to-go without ever sacrificing your morals or needs.
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