6 Eco-Friendly Handbags Made With Natural Materials

Stephanie from Here & There Collective shares her ethical fall handbag picks that can be worn in all seasons.

I’ve always loved a good woven or natural cotton bag, and this summer they were the ubiquitous accessory carried by just about everyone. Most notable among them are the traditional woven Ata roundie bags originally from Indonesia.

As the summer has given way to fall, and we march on toward winter, it seems as though everyone has put their woven bags into storage in favor of something more seasonably appropriate.

But I intend to carry my faithful woven bags throughout the colder months; who says they have to be an accessory relegated only to warmer days?

Here are a few ethically made bags that one might typically associate with warmer months, but would look great over the shoulder of your winter coat, or nestled against those chunky winter white sweaters.

CATZORANGE

Intended to be seasonless pieces, Catzorange bags are timeless and sophisticated with simple, yet functional shapes. Made from natural cotton rope in Brooklyn, NY, bags not left in their natural state are dyed naturally in small batches.

COSIMO WHITE WITH TORTOISE HANDLE | $270

WOVEN COTTON BUCKET BAG IN BLACK | $220

KAYU

Kayu bags are handcrafted by women cooperatives in the Philipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia using sustainable materials whenever possible. For example, any wood components are made from engineered plywood, which are byproducts of the furniture industry, and the straw is natural straw that has been harvested and dyed by hand.

DYLAN TOTE | $260

Made from wooden wicker, the Dylan tote is a great option for the holidays with the metallic rope strap and blue velvet self-tie lining.

HUDSON TOTE | $160

The bamboo handle gives this rust colored velvet bag a natural vibe.

MARTA BUDA

Marta Katarzyna Buda is a textile designer and maker. Each bag is hand made from cotton and hemp on a table loom with finishes by hand.

HANDWOVEN BAG IN LILA SAFARI STRIP | $340 NZD

HARTWOOD HOUSE

Made in Indonesia, profits from the sale of each bag are donated to the Orangutan Project.

The Ava Bag | $109

Each Ava bag is ethically made from bamboo.

Stephanie is the founder of Here & There Collective, a space devoted to exploring vegan and eco friendly living, travel, food, and fashion. She is also a monthly columnist at Vilda Magazine and a member of the Ethical Writers & Creatives.

What are your picks for handbags made with natural materials? Let us know in the comments below.

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