If you’re doing some early holiday shopping and you’re in the market for a beautiful gift for your mother, sister, or bestie, then these vegan bags are certainly worth a look. We’ve gathered a variety of functional designs from seven small companies that focus on the environmental and social impact of their productions. Accompanying each bag is a short description of the manufacturer’s vegan and/or eco-friendly cred. Hopefully, this round of online shopping will introduce you to some new companies to keep on your radar.
From glam to boho to polished chic, there’s something for every style in this collection. We hope you enjoying checking out these gorgeous bags–and we won’t judge if you need to buy one for yourself, too 😉
Perfect for: Outings when you want to look chic but have to haul your entire life around. The SoMa Punching Bag has one interior zip pocket and two open pockets, perfect for keys and mobile devices. The bag’s shoulder strap is adjustable, and the bag is supported by five metal feet.
Eco-Friendly/ Vegan Cred: Jill Milan handbags are made with faux Italian leather. The bags are sewn by hand, and the metal work is handmade. Learn more about Jill Fraser, co-founder of Jill Milan, here.
Perfect for: A swanky night out on the town when you just need the bare essentials: phone, key, cash, and a fiery red lip to die for.
Eco-Friendly/Vegan Cred: Manufactured in the US, Viva Creatures! bags are consciously produced with low-impact materials—and are designed to last.
3. Nikki Reed x Freedom of Animals Sohalia Belt Bag
Perfect for: Going from day-to-night or shopping trips during which you want your hands free. This mid-sized clutch comes with a detachable waist strap, so you can wear it as a cute fanny pack.
Eco-Friendly/Vegan Cred: In addition to being made with vegan leather, Freedom of Animals bags are made of post consumer, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free materials. The vegan leather is vegetable dyed, and the bags are lined with organic cotton.
Perfect for: Commuting to work, running around town, and jaunting off to weekend getaways. The bag can be worn as a slouchy hobo or a book bag. The Malala includes a zip pocket and smartphone pocket.
Eco-Friendly/Vegan Cred: This cute bag is made with 100% recycled materials (including plastic bottles). 10% of the profits from sales will be donated to help repair a school in Northern Laos.
Perfect for: Chicly holding all of your work life essentials—laptop, planner, smartphone, and emergency vegan snacks. The satchel comes with a removable, adjustable cross-body strap and includes a zip pocket and smartphone pocket.
Eco-Friendly/Vegan Cred: Matt & Nat makes an effort to use sustainable materials whenever possible and, when necessary, uses PU (polyurethane) rather than PVC (polyvinyl chloride); PU, though not necessarily ideal, is less harmful to the environment than PVC. The linings of Matt & Nat bags are made with 100% recycled plastic bottles. Learn more about Matt & Nat here.
Perfect for: Coffee and dinner dates or times when you want something a tad roomier than your standard clutch. Comes with a crossbody strap.
Eco-Friendly/Vegan Cred: The handmade Ridley bag is lined with material made from recycled plastic bottles. Gunas is a PVC- and animal by product-free company. Whenever possible, the brand uses upcycled materials as wells as cork, rubber, and pinatex.
Perfect for: Spicing up a neutral ensemble. Pair with a simple maxi dress or dark skinny jeans and a black blazer for a polished yet eclectic look.
Eco-Friendly/Vegan Cred: Krochet Kids employs over 150 in Uganda and Peru, empowering them to rise above poverty. The impact of their business model is pretty moving.
Which of these cute bags is your favorite?
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