This selection of stylish ethical casual bags are for those who are not really ‘handbag people’. If your idea of a bag is a rucksack to leave your hands free, a bucket bag or a jute tote to throw over your shoulder while you head to the beach, you’ll love these.
Most are made from biodegradable materials like jute or recycled materials (a great way to use up plastic bottles or old tyres). They are also very easy to clean, and tend to cope well with wear-and-tear. You can waterproof these bags with organic soy wax.
- Willow Earth Cork Backpack (Sussex) is made by a small family business that gets all its inspiration from the beautiful countryside nearby. It offers a nice line of vegan-friendly travel bags and coin purses, all made ethically with fair wages and sustainable production. No trees are used to make cork.
- Kula makes backpacks and rucksacks from FSC accredited paper but in a way that is hardy and sustainable. The backpack features a zipped pocket in the front and main section (big enough for an iPhone or Galaxy Plus). The rucksack has a secured zipped back pocket.
- Ellyla is a beautiful brand of sustainable jute bags, made ethically in India. Jute is a strong yet affordable fabric. Other items are made from raffia (from a sustainably-grown leaf).
- Charlie Feist (London) makes backpacks from recycled materials. These vegan Japanese-style bags look like leather, and are can hold laptops, tablets and smartphones