5 Eco-Friendly Bags Under $100

By Robyn Campbell

What do pop can pull tabs, boat sails and sea grass have in common? They are being recycled and made into eco-friendly handbags. These five handbags are the perfect choice for the fashion-conscious, sustainably-minded gal in you. Hit the road in eco-style!

1. Chica Rosa Pop Top Mini Clutch, $46
Escama Studio is a social enterprise based out of California whose unique line of fashion accessories is handmade in Brazil. Many of their selections are fashioned from post consumer pull tabs from soda cans.

The Chica Rosa Pop Top Mini Clutch is one of our favorites. Available in 12 colors, it’s big enough to stash your wallet, keys and phone. It’s made of over 200 post consumer recycled pop tops hand-crocheted together with bright fabric and with a matching color fabric interior. Pair this metallic clutch with our Wisteria One Shoulder Top or our Lily Dress for a chic, dressy look.

Photo used by permission from Mar Y Sol

Photo used by permission from Mar Y Sol

2. Nantucket Ombre Basket Tote, $89
The Nantucket Ombre Basket Tote is generously sized for carrying just about everything, but you can do it in style because it comes in two bright color combinations: berry/mango and coral/aqua. For only $89 you get a bag hand-woven from natural sea grass, with organically tanned leather handles that’s an ideal market or beach bag.

Mar Y Sol, maker of the tote, employs craftsmen from Madagascar to make their goods. "The sale of our products enables families to gain economic independence, preserves traditional craft, and promotes environmental conservation."

The berry/mango color option is a perfect compliment to our Alpine Fitted V-Neck Top in cantaloupe or our super-casual Trillium Crop Top with a short wrap skirt at the beach.

3. Margareta Recycled Juice Box Handbag, $70
Urth Bags Eco-Chic Purses and Handbags has something good going on. Who knew that turning recycled seashells, juice boxes, newspapers, magazines and telephone books into colorful bags could be so stylish? These unusual bags not only help clean up the planet, but create jobs to "underprivileged women worldwide," says the site.

Our pick? The Margareta. This medium sized bag features a round wooden handle and a woven multi-colored body that’s roomy enough for all your essentials. It’s lightweight, waterproof and the perfect handbag for any season.

The goal of owners Mark and Cyndi Loxsom is to "constantly work towards sourcing additional materials that have been tossed aside as useless trash. The more consumers purchase eco-friendly and recycled products, the greater the demand will be for them." We couldn’t agree more!

This vibrant bag will look perfect with our Tulip Top in chamblue or try it with our top-selling Passion Flower Poncho in Pomegranate.

4. Rag Rug Tote, $65 – $85
Rag Rug Totes from Crazy as a Loom, are truly unique. Each bag is a unique piece of sustainable art. The totes, made from reclaimed and recycled materials, are woven the old fashioned way, on large antique looms.

"I utilize leftover products of the textile industry, old blue jeans, and mill ends to make functional, durable, and beautiful coverings," owner Hilary Cooper-Kenny says on her website.

The totes, made at Cooper-Kenny’s weaving studio in Hudson Falls, New York, come in three sizes (small, medium, and large), and range from $65 – $85. Whether you like bright colors or earth tones, Crazy as a Loom has an eco-friendly tote for you.

For summer, the rag rug tote will go well with our Mesa Razor Back Tank (check out our new Veronica graphics we can print on it!) and a summer skirt or pair of shorts. It’s also a great cozy winter bag, so pair it with our Camellia Sweater or the Balsam Full Zip Sweater.

5. Vintage Summer Satchel, $99
Sea Bags out of Portland, Maine has made a unique business out of recycled sails. Their line of totes and specialty bags has a relaxed yet durable appeal that’s perfect to pair with a casual outfit.

The Vintage Summer Satchel is our top pick and is constructed from recycled ship sails, with hemp handles. This white bag has a large, colorful pocket on the front. The pocket color – tangerine, lemon, pink, or teal – varies, depending on what’s on hand, which means you get a truly one-of-a-kind satchel.

Not only does Sea Bags believe in recycling, but they give back to the local community. The company donates to a scholarship fund that teaches children to learn to sail and they also work with the Maine Cancer Foundation.

We recommend carrying this bag with our Bellflower Dress in cloud or lilac, worn with heels or as a beach or yoga cover up for a more relaxed, casual look.

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