Whether you’re looking for something small and sparkly to round out your party outfit or strong and sturdy for a hike in the wilderness, there’s an ethical bag to suit everyone.
The Good On You app is a great place to find yourself some ecochic arm candy! Just tap browse by category from the home screen then select bags and away you go! Here are 9 of our favourites to get you started.
Matt & Nat
Aries Backpack in Cerise | Price: Approx. $182 AUD/$191 NZD | Ships internationally
Who knew a backpack could be so practical and yet so chic! This vegan bag is lined with 100% recycled nylon. With the motto, “live beautifully”, this Canadian-based brand pride themselves on innovative and sustainable design. Their range features simple and classic designs with a very distinct aesthetic. Matt & Nat are expert at crafting elegance through colour blocking in neutral tones.
The Social Outfit
Gold Clutch | Price: $69 AUD (approx. $72 NZD) | Ships internationally
This limited-edition gold clutch has been handmade from surplus fabric donated to The Social Outfit by the National Institute Of Dramatic Art. This unique fashion brand is also a social enterprise whose purpose is to employ and train people from refugee and new migrant communities.
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Elvis & Kresse
Fire-hose Tote in Yellow | Price: Approx. $392 AUD/$412 NZD | Ships internationally
This eye-catching tote is definitely an investment piece. Elvis & Kresse have crafted this tote from genuine decommissioned fire-hose. It’s lined with fabric made from reclaimed auction banners, making each bag unique. And if you’re caught in a rainstorm – the contents of this stylish bag will stay nice and dry! Elvis & Kresse have shown themselves to be leaders in creating incredibly stylish bags from repurposed materials.
Freeset Traveller Bag Mirage | Price: $69 AUD (approx. $72 NZD) | Ships to Australia and New Zealand
Getting ready for a road trip or heading overseas? This 100% organic cotton bag will be a great travelling companion. You’ll feel light on your feet knowing your bag was ethically manufactured by Freeset. This is an organisation devoted to helping women trapped in conditions of bonded labour and human trafficking.
Raven + Lily
Ashoka Organic Plume Print Tote | Price: Approx. $47 AUD/$49 NZD | Ships internationally
Made from 100% organic cotton, this sturdy tote will keep you looking stylish while you’re rushing around campus, doing the shopping or heading to the beach. Part of Raven + Lily’s India Collection, this bag was made in Kshamata, in a workshop employing women rescued from the sex-trade. You can even read about the talented artisan who made the Plume Print tote.
Freedom of Animals
Saddle Bag with Braided Closure | Price: Approx. $241 AUD/$253 NZD
Looking to keep your accessories cruelty-free and on-point? You can when you rock this black faux leather saddle bag with pebbled navy braided closure. This bag is made from post-consumer polyurethane and coloured using vegetable-based dyes. The lining consists of organic cotton.
Ida Clutch Bag in Pink Batik | Price: Approx. $29 AUD/$30 NZD | Ships internationally
Mayamiko fuse contemporary design with traditional African techniques. This super sweet clutch is 100% cotton, hand-batiked and ethically made in Malawi. Mayamiko employs zero-waste techniques in their workshop. This means they upcycle every off-cut, cutting room waste fabric or any unsold item into a new wonderful piece!
Hand-Cut Wallet in Tan Future-Suede | Price: Approx. $215 AUD/$225 NZD | Ships internationally
This ultra slick wallet is artisan-crafted in New York City’s historic Garment District. Brave Gentlemen uses 100% vegan materials made from sustainable fabrics and leather-alternatives. In a world of fast fashion, Brave Gentleman goes against the grain by embracing a slow-fashion production model.
What Daisy Did
Brooklyn Backpack | Price: Approx. $187 AUD/$196 NZD | Ships internationally
The Brooklyn is a seriously tough bag made from high grade ex-military materials. This includes waxed canvas, which is very thick and durable, and recycled fabric reinforced rubberised PVC tarpaulin. According to What Daisy Did, this backpack can easily carry a laptop or a packed lunch and your hiking boots. What Daisy Did pays their workers a living wage.
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Kendall has over a decade’s worth of experience working in the field of environmental conservation and communication. She’s the creator of Kindness by Design and a member of the Australia/New Zealand Working Group for Fashion Revolution.
Editor’s note: Brand ratings are correct at time of publication
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