8 Must-Have Bags For The Conscious Consumer

Finding the perfect handbag can require a lot of time and effort. Go green with your next purchase with any of these vegan or eco-friendly picks.


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Matt & Nat

Believe it or not, this incredibly chic bag is completely vegan. Add a luxe look to your office attire with a beautifully constructed tote to carry your laptop and other work essentials. An adjustable strap gives you the option to turn this tote into a crossbody bag, so you can wear it however is most comfortable. Consistent with the Matt & Nat brand, the bag's lining is made out of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. If you want a vegan bag that is stylish and you can feel good about purchasing, look no further than the Baxter tote. ($145; mattandnat.com)

rock your style with this vegan tote bag

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Street Level

Trend alert! Holographic and metallic shades have been everywhere this season. What better way to embrace this sought-after style than with a faux-leather, reversible bag? The matching wristlet is an added bonus that will make mixing and matching styles a breeze. Take this bag from day to night with the gray side during office hours and then switching to silver for girls' night out. Organize your belongings in one place with this perfectly sized tote and wristlet combo. ($48; nordstrom.com)

holographic bag on fleek

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Slate & Salt

We are loving this retro-style, two-toned bag that can be worn as a crossbody or as a clutch. Made out of eco-leather, this bag is both biodegradable and made from leather that is tanned without the use of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, synthetic dyes, and pesticides. Many consumers don't realize that traditional tanneries pollute the environment when they treat and dye leather. Opt for a cleaner approach with this bag while simultaneously supporting artisans through fair-trade practices in developing countries. ($128; slateandsalt.com)

go green with this eco-leather bag

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Shop for a cause when you purchase this crossbody bag from TOMS. We are obsessed with the dusty rose suede color—ideal for summer music festivals and barbecues with friends. The dainty, embroidered details are the perfect addition to your warm-weather outfit, especially if you like to rock a bohemian wardrobe. A small, zippered pocket inside the bag keeps valuables in a safe place. As if you needed another reason to own this adorable bag, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need with your purchase. ($98; toms.com)

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Free People

Whether you're a fashionista who prefers bold or neutral colors (or both), this vegan leather crossbody bag was made for you. The embellished strap gives this bag a flirty, free-spirited vibe, and you can always carry it as a clutch if you prefer. We're fans of this bag's size, style, and function, which make it perfect for summertime adventures and trips to the farmers' market. Exclusive only to Free People, this vegan bag can't be found just anywhere. Treat yourself and get this bag before it's gone. ($48; freepeople.com)

get this free people crossbody

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Raven & Lily

Introduce a new neutral to your summer wardrobe with this slate-colored leather traveler satchel. Locally sourced from Ethiopia, the leather is tanned with 100 percent natural vegetable dyes. When you purchase a bag from Raven + Lily, you're supporting local, sustainable economies in Africa and a cause that helps empower women. Each handbag is hand stitched by employed Ethiopian women who would have been susceptible to labor trafficking in the area. One of the pricier products on our list, this convertible handbag's quality and style along with the manufacturer's mission make it well worth the investment. ($236; ravenandlily.com)

plan your next trip with this gorgeous weekender bag

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Eve Cork

Be sustainable and stylish at the same time with this eco-friendly and cruelty-free bag from Eve Cork. This contemporary tote is constructed out of cork and is PETA Vegan approved. Sourced from cork oak trees in Southern Portugal, the material feels just like leather but is more lightweight. Not only that, but the cork material is waterproof and antibacterial, making this handbag much more functional than your average purse. This tote's white color is light and fresh for summer, but we bet you'll be reaching for this modern bag all year long.

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Matt & Nat At Urban Outfitters

Even small, designer backpacks can be made with vegan leather. Matt & Nat have done it again with this bright blue, vegan-leather backpack that just screams summer. Cruelty-free production and cool-girl style come together to create a charming bag you'll love wearing to concerts, coffee dates, and weekend shopping trips with your gal pals. Whether you need a cute carry-on or a weekender bag, this backpack has the perfect size and silhouette to carry all the essentials. ($125; urbanoutfitters.com)

rock out all summer long with this vegan leather backpack

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