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10 Jul

7 Sustainable and Ethical Handbags We Know You’ll Love

Finding the perfect bag that meets all of your needs can be a challenge. Finding a bag that 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 seven of our favourite sustainable handbags. These ethical bags are kind to people, animals, and the planet, not to mention ridiculously good looking.

BEEN London

Rated: Good

Fields Tote – Ships internationally

BEEN London is a London-based brand turning waste into timeless accessories you’d want to use every day. All their products are made of materials that have been something else in a previous life, including recycled leather offcuts and plastic bottles.

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Shop BEEN London.

Shop BEEN London @ Cerqular.

Elvis & Kresse

Rated: Good
red elvis and kresse bag

Tote bag – Ships internationally

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. This bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and lined using reclaimed auction banner.

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Shop Elvis & Kresse.

Deux Mains

Rated: Good

Leather and inner tube messenger bag – Ships internationally

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.

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Shop Deux Mains.


Rated: Good
Studio product shots of a grey and black tote by GROUNDTRUTH made from recycled plastic bottles.

Shopping Tote 3.1 – Ships internationally from the UK

UK-based GROUNDTRUTH grew from three 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.

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Rated: Good

Cottontail Vegan Leather Handbag – Ships internationally

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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Shop Gunas @ Immaculate Vegan.

The Social Outfit

Rated: Good

Romance was born foldover purse – Ships internationally

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.

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Shop the Social Outfit.

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.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ Farfetch.

Handbags aren’t your thing? Have a look at our favourite sustainable bum bags and fanny packs

Editor's note

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