Forget the Kelly or the Birkin bag, eco-conscious fashionistas can be seen world wide carrying the latest “it” bag: Earth friendly totes, instead.
You can find them from Wal-mart to Nordstrom and everywhere in between. Made from old fencing material, candy wrappers, or some other sustainable material, reusing is chic.
Here’s a rundown of some of my favorites old and new in the eco and socially conscious category.
As mentioned in an earlier post, Nordstrom has introduced a new shopping bag alternative to their paper shopper, below is the new re-useable tote. (click on photos for shopping information)
Created from salvaged fencing material from the streets of Detroit, the ‘Ornj Bubble Baguette’ is a unique carry all to transport anything from clothes to groceries.
Envirosax are one of my favorite all purpose totes. There are so many fantastic designs to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. If you visit the Bright And Bold site however, you don’t have to. They come in a collection of five, just choose the theme that best suits you. I personally own the green bag (below left). It’s very sturdy and can hold quite a heavy load.
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I couldn’t help but include these adorable kid size totes. They would make a terrific carry all for toys, personal items and an especially cool library book bag.
If you haven’t checked out Uncommon Goods before, hop to it. They have a wide array of bags and handbags made from recycled materials like sails, rice bags, even street signs to choose from. The below purse is made from recycled candy wrappers.
While shopping Ecoist.com, I discovered these one of a kind bags made from discarded movie billboards. You can choose from movies like “The 40 Year Old Virgin” to “Thunderbirds”.
Ecoist.com also had this cool Coca Cola wrapper coin purse to stash your loose change.
If you really want something a little more luxurious, Beth Springer offers a beautiful bevy of handbags and adopts an environmentally sustainable attitude. “I employ the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle to every aspect of my business”, says Springer. Here are some examples from her collection.
If you are interested in seeing more examples of eco-conscious bags or fashion, I highly recommend my new favorite site White Apricot.com for all the latest in beauty, lifestyle and more for the eco and socially aware.