From Recycled Cork Backpacks to Stylish Vegan Bags

By: Katherine Pendrill - May 26, 2016
As consumers become increasingly concerned about environmental sustainability, there is a growing demand for eco-friendly bags and accessories. The rise of such products has come from big name retailers and fast fashion brands, as well as small-scale startups interested in creating greener accessories.

A common trait that many eco-friendly bags share is the use of recycled materials. While this often refers to traditional textiles such as recycled cotton or canvas, some brands are making use of unexpected materials. In fact, consumers can now purchase bags made from repurposed boat sails, old billboards and even discarded conveyor belts.

On the other hands, there are a number of companies making eco-friendly bags out of entirely new materials that have a minimal impact on the planet. This includes designer handbags made from coconut husks and faux-leather clutches made from pineapple leaf fibers. These products demonstrate some of the creative ways that brand's can make more eco-friendly accessories.