‘’‘’That’s a lot of money to spend on a bag’’, and instantly I knew we could never be friends.’’ People who know me, know that this quote could belong to me. I don’t mind investing a ‘reasonable’ sum on a bag. However, quality and timelessness are key since I personally believe that these are characteristics of true sustainability. I don’t buy bags that are trendy at the moment, since that would simply be a stupid investment. Not only will it not be in season a few years later, but selling the bag will also become an issue if you don’t mind selling for cheap. Therefore I rather buy bags in timeless shapes without any prints. Now that you know the key to true sustainability, you might be in the mood to see some sustainable bags aren’t you? The following eight bag brands can help you complete your sustainable style!
I can’t name them enough! Matt and Nat is my all-time favorite, Canadian based, vegan bag brand. I currently own two beauties; a black crossbody and a light blue backpack. Oh what a delight it is to own them! Because Matt and Nat’s style is minimalistic, their bags go with every outfit. The only thing you need to match, are the colours! The lining of the brand’s bags are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Also, Matt and Nat tries to use PU for their vegan leather instead of PVC, which is better for the environment.
To me, O My Bag is the perfect example of a brand using real leather while still being sustainable. Last year, O My Bag has won the Sustainable Leather Award. This is an award given to initiatives or ideas in the Dutch leather sector that affects people, the environment and animals in developing countries in a positive way. O My Bag performs the tanning process of the leather organically and without any chemicals. Besides this, O My Bag produces with little environmental impact as possible and provides good working conditions for their staff. Oh and their bags are pretty amazing as well.
Just like O My Bag, MYOMY origins lay in The Netherlands and produce leather bags in an eco-friendly way. They do this by obtaining fair leather, ecological tanning and trading fair. On a regular day in a Dutch city, you will spot several MYOMY bags recognizable for their famous ‘paper bag’ design. The inspiration behind this design comes from a hobo’s paper bag that has been used many times and therefor has value and beauty. Well that’s a different way of thinking, right?
To fulfill everyone’s needs, Maravillas Bags offers vegan leather bags made from pineapple(!), but also bags made from vegetable tanned leather. The Spanish brand produces in Mallorca with people from the region, which means zero emission. The combination of traditional craftsmanship and urbanism has led to an inimitable collection of bags. From a crossbody to a weekend bag; the options are limitless and all made under fair conditions!
The first thing you wonder when you see Verena Bellutti’s bags for the first time, is from what mysterious material they are made. It looks familiar, but what is it? Is it leather? Is it plastic? Is it the rubbery mat underneath carpets that keeps them from moving? Looks like it, but no. The bags are made from leftover leftover PVC tarpaulin. The material is water-repellent, very strong, and logically vegan. We love ‘out of the box’ thinkers!
Slow fashion is a movement that is not unfamiliar to Waya Waya. For the brand, slow fashion means more equality, more balance, and overall more quality of life. Because people are the most important factor for the brand, Waya Waya supports Zambian women in achieving their dream. Waya waya is a Zambian saying that means: spend your time well. By putting in hard work and empowering others, with beautiful result, I can only imagine that the founders of Waya Waya are living by their brand’s name. Vegans aware, the bags are made from leather!
As you can read from the name, instead of leather, Evecork uses cork as material for their bags. Now it might not be the first time that you have heard of this type of material being used, but what is so sustainable about it? First of all, it’s durable which means that the lifecycles of the bags are long. Secondly, no animals have been used or harmed. Thirdly, cork comes from cork oak trees that are not being damaged or cut down when harvesting the cork. The trees have a lifespan over 200 years, which means that the trees can be used for material multiple times (9-10 years between harvest). Which is a lot more sustainable than using real leather, since when you have killed the animal for its skin, you logically cannot kill it again, can you?
Polish brand Rebago offers upcyced bags perfect for guys or girls that prefer a ‘tomboyish’ style. The though look that the bags have comes from their design but mainly because of the materials beings used. Rebago uses truck tarp, airbags, seat-belts, and bike tubes, to create functional and durable bags. The materials are cleaned without any chemicals and only with pressurized water. Simplicity, durability and functionality. What does your life need more?
Those were a few of the many sustainable bag brands that exist. If you know a brand, that you think we should definitely know about; tell us! We love to be inspired by you guys. Also, if you are looking for a sustainable bag, but the mentioned 8 brands weren’t what you were looking for, please send us a message with your style. We’re sure to find just the right bag for you!