Light green Mashu ethical handbag
07 Aug
Light green Mashu ethical handbag

28 Sustainable Handbags We Know You’ll Love

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite sustainable handbags that are kind to people, and the planet (and not to mention really good looking).

A pocket with handles?

Not quite. A handbag can serve a multitude of purposes and personalities. From everyday workwear to a night on the town, a gorgeous bag is more than just an accessory: it can enliven and bolden, at times showing another part of our inner selves. But, finding the perfect bag that meets all of our needs can be a challenge. For some, the costs of leather are not worth it, demonstrating the need for better, more sustainable alternatives. Regardless of what camp you fall in, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite sustainable handbags that are kind to people and the planet, not to mention really, really, ridiculously good looking.

O My Bag

Rated: Good
Black textured O My Bag sustainable mini tote

Bobbi Bucket Bag – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Interested in ditching the dirty? O My Bag is the brand for you. The Dutch label merges style and a responsible approach, creating vintage inspired, rugged-chic sustainable handbags made from sustainable materials, including its high quality, eco-friendly leather. 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.

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Shop O My Bag.

KAYU

Rated: Good
A person holding a straw tote bag by KAYU.

Ribbon Straw Tote – Ships internationally from the US

Kayu is an American brand that creates gorgeous, handcrafted boho sustainable bags for the modern free spirit. Each bag is crafted by women in the Philippines, who weave and embroider the bags by hand. Most of these women are mothers, and making Kayu bags allows them to earn a living as well as look after their children. Aside from looking out for its people, Kayu is also dedicated to preserving our planet. Its bags and hats are made from natural straw that has been harvested, stripped, and dyed by hand. This kind of straw fades with time, eventually biodegrading and returning to the earth. The brand does use leather in some designs.

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Shop Kayu.

Shop KAYU Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Mashu

Rated: Good
A black luxury handbag with gold handles by Mashu.

Calliope – Ships internationally from the UK

Handcrafted in Greece and designed in London, the Calliope is a great day to night eco-friendly bag, perfectly sized for your cell, wallet, and a few beauty essentials. Mashu’s environmental rating is ‘Good,’ crafting its exterior with vegan leather and recycled polyester, while its interiors feature vegan suede made from recycled polyester, ensuring you never have to sacrifice your morals for style again!

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Shop Mashu.

Sans Beast

Rated: Good

Mahogany Daytripper Tote – Ships internationally from Australia

Founded in 2018 with the sole purpose of delivering pieces that had beauty – without the beast, Sans Beast is an Australian accessories brand creating luxury vegan bags and accessories cruelty-free. The Mahogany Daytripper Tote is generously sized and super versatile, ideal as a baby bag or a powerhouse work tote. Made from recycled Eco PU, it features multiple compartments and comes with a detachable webbing strap to wear cross body.

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Shop Sans Beast.

Amour Vert

Rated: Good
front and interior image of mini handbag by Amour Vert

Stef Mini in Cognac Croc – Ships internationally from the US

Designed by Angela Roi, this taupe sustainable satchel is sure to turn heads. This 100% vegan leather alternative is designed with impeccable detail, featuring a trapezoidal shape with faux croc texture. It includes an interchangeable gold chain, vegan leather straps and a magnetic flap closure. Not your style? No worries! Amour Vert carries other beautiful sustainable staples, including everyday totes and other must-haves.

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Shop Amour Vert @ Veneka.

Shop Amour Vert.

Up-Fuse

Rated: Good
front and open view of multi-way bag by Up-fuse

Lolita Multi-Way Bag – Ships internationally from Egypt

Feeling a clutch or a shoulder bag? The Lolita Multi-Way Bag is a uniquely colourful number. Featuring an attachable strap and inner pocket, the piece is sustainably and locally handmade from 15 upcycled plastic bags. Up-Fuse is a Cairo-based social enterprise that provides jobs for female refugees in Egypt through its work.

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Shop Up-Fuse.

Elk

Rated: Good

Orsa Leather Handbag – Ships within Australia

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. The ideal size for everyday use, the Orsa Bag is crafted from soft cow leather, designed to look neat and clean. All leather at Elk is sourced from LWG tanneries, which is an association that sets high industry standards and audits tanneries for environmental performance. Additionally, all products are passed by REACH standard regulations, meaning they are made with restricted levels of specific chemical substances in their goods.

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Shop Elk.

HYER GOODS

Rated: Good
woman wearing black baguette bag by hyer goods

Mini Shoulder Bag – Ships internationally from the US

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. We love HYER GOODS’ twist on a classic 90’s baguette bag silhouette, executed in the brand’s most luxe recycled leather waste.

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Shop HYER GOODS.

Parker Clay

Rated: Good
A brown bucket bag by sustainable brand Parker Clay.

Topa Mini Bucket Bag – Ships internationally from the US

A bag that saves people’s lives? You got it. Parker Clay is an American-based brand looking to create a future without exploitation by bettering lives and communities in Ethiopia. The brand has partnered with Ellilta Women at Risk program, fighting to bring women out of prostitution by providing a more stable income and safe working environment. Parker Clay also helps preserve traditional Ethiopian techniques, materials, and styles, ensuring that this fast growing country is able to remain close to its beautiful roots. Note that the brand does use leather, so is not vegan-friendly.

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Shop Parker Clay.

Raven + Lily

Rated: Good
Person carrying black Addias sustainable leather backpack by US-based brand Raven + Lily.

Addis Backpack – Ships internationally from the US

Raven + Lily supports local female artisans to create handmade jewellery, bags, and homewares. This US brand's products are eco-friendly and empower communities through fair wages, healthcare, and education.

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Shop Raven + Lily.

Shop Raven + Lily @ Cerqular.

NOAH

Rated: Good
dark blue sustainable noah

Venezia Vegan Bag – Ships internationally from Germany

NOAH creates cruelty-free and 100% vegan shoes and accessories. This German’s brand high-quality and long-lasting shoes are hand-crafted in Italy, using a small proportion of eco-friendly material. We love this small vegan shoulder bag, with simple design and pure elegance and handmade in Italy.

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Shop NOAH.

Shop NOAH @ Immaculate Vegan.

Elvis & Kresse

Rated: Good
Elvis & Kresse large post vegan bag in black

Large Post Bag – Ships internationally from the UK

Elvis & Kresse is a British brand that is truly changing the game in eco material innovation. Once used to fight fires, the sustainable Post Bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose, previously deployed in active duty, fighting fires around the UK. A great all day bag designed to be held in hand, over the shoulder, or across the body, this bag is the epitome of versatility. The innovation doesn’t stop there: the lining is made from reclaimed parachute silk… Neat!

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Shop Elvis & Kresse.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
black sustainable vegan tote by Stella McCartney via Farfetch

Mini Falabella Tote – Ships internationally from the UK

Mini, but mighty! If you’re looking for an edgy, timeless piece look no further. Although many luxury brands have been criticised for their wasteful and harmful practices, British designer Stella McCartney has been committed to operating a modern and responsible business for almost two decades. In line with the brand’s cruelty free ethos, the Falabella is gorgeously crafted from a non-leather alternative. 100% polyester and lined with ECONYL® recycled nylon, this sustainable handbag is sure to dress up any look!

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Labell-D.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

Indego Africa

Rated: Good
Ethical straw handbag by Indego Africa

Half Shell Tote – Ships internationally from the US

Indego Africa believes that women and youth around the globe have the capacity, creativity, and determination to achieve economic independence—all they need are the resources. That’s why the brand invests 100% of its profits into the education of the women it employs. Since 2007, it has provided over 1,100 artisans and 250 young people in Rwanda and Ghana with employment opportunities, entrepreneurship training, and consistent access to the global export market. In fact, this half-shell sustainable tote was made with love by artisans in Rwanda who make handwoven baskets and bags using raffia: a straw-like fibre that can be stripped from the inside of palm tree leaves. Love!

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Shop Indego Africa.

NAE

Rated: Good

Turtle Bag – Ships internationally from Portugal

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 36-46.

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Shop NAE.

Shop NAE @ Staiy.

Shop NAE @ Urbankissed.

BOTTLETOP

Rated: Good
Vegan handbag by BOTTLETOP

Bellani Crossbody Bag in Silver/Black – Ships internationally from the UK

BOTTLETOP is a first-class sustainable fashion innovator! All of the brand’s bags incorporate upcycled metal ring pulls in their design, which are sourced and cleaned in Brazil. The metal rings are used to create BOTTLETOP’s signature chain mail fabric. The beautiful Bellani is the brand’s signature sustainable handbag with its timeless shape and colour. Stylish and capacious, this classic bag has a useful large interior pocket, and its adjustable strap means you can wear it either over the shoulder or across the body. And it makes a real style statement, too! Animal lovers note that leather is used in some products, sourced from Zero Deforestation Leather.

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Shop BOTTLETOP.

Infantium Victoria

Rated: Great

Golden Beach Bag – Ships internationally from Germany

Infantium Victoria offers beautiful vegan luxury for all ages. This German brand scores highly across the board. Its products are certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and it sells previously owned products to minimise textile waste.

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Shop Infantium Victoria.

Shop Infantium Victoria @ LVR Sustainable.

Sandqvist

Rated: Good
Black Sandqvist ethical handbag

CECILIA in Black – Ships internationally from Sweden

 

Sweden’s Sandqvist makes a range of stylish, everyday sustainable bags from backpacks to handbags. The Cecilia is a contemporary handbag from the brand’s ‘Tomorrow’ series, but FYI Vegans, the bags are crafted from full grain aniline-dyed Scandinavian leather. Sandqvist utilises leather from Scandinavian cattle, originally bred for food production; this allows full traceability, ensures good animal husbandry, and minimises environmental impact. Moreover, the brand’s tanneries are rated Gold or Silver by LWG. Aside from caring for our Earth, Sandqvist also cares for our people, securing safe and fair working conditions audited by the Fair Wear Foundation.

Damaged or done with an item? Bring your item to a Sandqvist workshop for repairs or upcycling.

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Shop Sandqvist.

Shop Sandqvist Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

A_C

Rated: Good
person holding black eco-friendly purse by A_C

Modern Tote – Ships internationally from Australia

The Modern Tote bag is the ultimate sustainable statement bag. It is made from the pineapple leaf based material Piñatex, which is eco-friendly, cactus vegan leather, and just as beautiful as leather. Wear it as a shoulder bag with an added strap or as a giant feature clutch with an upper handle. Regardless of how you style it, this bag is sure to be a guilt-free addition to your closet!

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Shop A_C.

Svala

Rated: Good

Didi Clutch in Black – Ships internationally from the US

Svala creates luxury designer vegan handbags, purses, bags, and totes. Each bag is handcrafted sustainably and ethically in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather PU, cork, and Piñatex. The Didi Clutch is the perfect accessory for a night out with your girls or a lovely dinner date!

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Shop Svala.

Deux Mains

Rated: Good

Ideal Crossbody – Ships internationally from the US

Tired of your worn out tote? No problem. Deux Mains is a Haitian owned fashion company producing high quality, long-lasting products while employing and empowering marginalised Haitian communities. The brand uses high-quality, long-lasting materials including upcycled tires, and it is a leading advocate for better labour rights. Sophisticated and timeless, the City Tote is perfect for any outfit. The bottom panel, made from repurposed inner-tube, increases this tote’s durability and charm, making our inner eco-friendly hearts beat a little faster! Note that leather is used in some products.

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Shop Deux Mains.

Mila.Vert

Rated: Great
black strap bag by mila vert

Adjustable Strap Tote Bag – Ships internationally from Slovenia

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Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge.

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Burberry (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Owned Burberry Bags and Purses – Ships internationally

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.

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Shop Burberry Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Gucci (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Owned Gucci Bags – Ships internationally

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.

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Shop Gucci Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Calvin Klein (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Owned Calvin Klein Bags – Ships internationally

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.

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Shop Calvin Klein Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Balenciaga (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good

Pre-owned Balenciaga bags – Ships internationally

Balenciaga is a luxury fashion house founded in 1919 by Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga in San Sebastián. The Kering-owned brand has been making some efforts to reduce its environmental impact, setting targets to reduce its direct and indirect emissions, and implementing initiatives to reduce water use.

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Shop Balenciaga Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Alexander McQueen (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-owned Alexander McQueen bags – Ships internationally

The iconic British fashion house, owned by Kering and now run by Sarah Burton (who designed Catherine Middleton's dress for her wedding to Prince William), is characterised by theatrical and bright styling. The brand has started to improve its environmental practices by setting a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gases in its own operations and supply chain by 50% per unit of revenue by 2025. It also has a policy to eliminate environmental pollution from the use of chromium and other chemicals in its leather tanning processes, and implements initiatives to reduce water use. Thanks to these policies, Alexander McQueen is on the right path and stands out from the majority of luxury fashion houses.

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Shop Alexander McQueen Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Saint Laurent (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-owned Saint Laurent bags – Ships internationally

Yves Saint Laurent, or as it's now known, Saint Laurent, is a French luxury fashion house founded by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé. The brand has good policies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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Shop Saint Laurent Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

So, there you have it! A wonderful compilation of the coolest, most innovative sustainable handbags and totes that hopefully brings your interior ever closer to your exterior.

Editor's note

Feature image via Mashu, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated "Good" or "Great". We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our Directory to search thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales with top-rated partners made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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