Looking for your next handbag and hoping to find one that’s both stylish and sustainable?
Well, you’re in the right place!
We’ve found the best eco-friendly and sustainable handbags from around the world that you should check out.
All of the brands here make their sustainable purses and handbags from eco-friendly materials and approach their production with a sustainable philosophy.
We’re sure you’ll like these brands, so let’s get straight into the recommendations!
Our Favorite Sustainable Handbags
Sustainability: Preventing marine pollution by recycling plastic bottles destined for the ocean into their eco bags. They are working towards a circular, zero-waste supply chain by 2023.
Rothy’s take plastic bottles destined for the ocean and turns them into their signature, stylish handbags.
Bottles are transformed into yarn, which is then knitted, using state-of-the-art 3-D technology, into their signature, durable, washable bags, resulting in marine pollution and less waste.
They have styles to suit every occasion, from classic handbags with removable straps to contemporary shopping totes.
Featured: The Handbag in Jardin Blue $350
Sustainability: Work with small workshops in Guatemala and ensure their producers receive anywhere from 50-400% above the Fair Wage minimum. Items made with traditional techniques.
Price: $$ – $$$
The Root Collective are a sustainable handbag, shoe, and clothing brand that are definitely worth checking out.
They work with artisans in Guetamala and pay up to 400% above the Fair Wage minimum standard, and their mission is to continue to create jobs for people who need them.
Their ethically made handbags are made from high-quality leather, and often finished with unique handwoven details,
If you’re looking for a timeless handbag, you can’t go wrong the The Root Collective.
3. Matt & Nat
Sustainability: Sustainable materials, vegan leather
Price range: $$ – $$$
Matt & Nat have been featured on our blog before, as we had high praise for their vegan shoes.
They don’t only stop at footwear, though. Matt & Nat’s handbag and backpack range are all made from vegan leather and contain a range of sustainable materials that include recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber, cork, and even plastic bottles.
Sustainability: FSC Certified cork, fully vegan, resource re-utlization, small batch production
Corkor is (as you may have already guessed) a brand making a range of bags and accessories from cork, which is sustainable and vegan.
All of their cork used is FSC® certified, so you know it’s being sourced in a sustainable way.
As well as using cork, they have a range of sustainable initiatives going on at Corkor which include using water re-utilization systems, making items in small batches, using non-toxic inks, and minimizing the use of polyester.
5. Mar Y Sol
Sustainability: Traditional manufacturing process, organically tanned leathers, sustainable materials
Price range: $$$
The backbone of Mar Y Sol is to help families gain economic independence, whilst preserving a traditional craft and environmental conservation.
They work with families in Madagascar who use organically tanned leathers and sustainable materials to create their collection of eco-friendly handbags.
Every single bag they stock are hand-dyed and hand-woven, and they’ll only get better with age.
Sustainability: Vegan leather, made in Greece by local artisans
Price range: $$$$
Mashu is a London-based sustainable handbag brand. They design everything in-house in London, and the bags are then made in Greece by local artisans.
So, how are the bags sustainable? They’re leather, right? Wrong. Mashu’s bags are all made from completely vegan leather.
This means that as well as avoiding animal products, they reduce their use of resources such as land, water, food, and fuel. The vegan materials they use for their handbags include recycled, and bio-based materials.
Mashu’s bags look great – each has a unique, bespoke handle, and the minimalist designs inspired by Art Deco is bound to make you stand out.
Sustainability: Sustainable materials, made in LA
HFS Collective produce all of their bags locally in Los Angeles in an ethical way.
The materials their handbags are made from are all PETA-approved. According to HFS Collective, all of their materials fall under four categories: recycled, upcycled, deadstock, or low-impact.
They have a range of eco vegan leather bags, that are modern and stylish.