These designer vegan leather bags, are ideal for people who like to wear designer bags, but don’t want to harm creatures or the planet. Vegan leather is not perfect but it’s not as polluting (or cruel) as real leather. Mirum is an new greener plant-based leather that is coming onto the market. If you are on a budget, all these brands have regular sales.
Leather is not a by-product of the meat industry, and often made in countries with poor animal welfare laws. Some brands (including Hermes) even make bags with crocodile skin (an investigation found appalling cruelty). Switch to vegan crocodile/alligator-style bags instead.
JW Pei makes luxury sustainable fashion bags made with quality canvas, fabric from recycled plastic bottles and a little vegan leather. The range includes vegan crocodile leather. Choose from:
- Crossbody bags
- Shoulder bags
- Bucket bags
- Satchel bags
- Makeup bags
- Wallets & cardholders
Luxtra (London) makes luxury bags and accessories made from Piñatex (pineapple waste), AppleSkin™ (from Italian apples) or mango waste. They are not biodegradable yet but less polluting than leather. This brand also makes shoulder bags and pouches.
Corkor (Portugal) offers beautiful cork handbags, made by stripping bark (no trees are felled). Easy to clean with mild soapy water: satchel bags, crossbody bags, backpacks, saddle bags and clutch bags.
LaBante (London) offers beautiful vegan leather handbags made with recycled bottle linings, and hangtags with recycled paper. So far the company has saved over 10 million bottles from landfill.