Eco-Friendly Bags

What Daisy Did: Fashion Brand Pilots Program to Employ Homeless

BREAKING THE CYCLE Designed for extra-durability, all of the carryalls have a three-year repair-or-replace guarantee, What Daisy Did said. The company has also teamed up with the…

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Fjällräven Debuts Eco-Backpacks Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Schlep back to school, back to the cubicle, or anywhere life takes you with Fjällräven’s new line of 100 percent recycled-polyester backpacks. Available in 12 monochromatic…

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Hamilton Perkins Makes Bags Entirely From Recycled Plastic Bottles

CARRY ON Rather than looking at philanthropy as “an afterthought,” Hamilton Perkins decided to make it an intrinsic part of its business model. The company has hooked up…

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Rewilder Makes Vegan Bags From Upcycled Beer Filter Cloth

HOME BREWED Rewilder sews all of its bags to order in its atelier in Hollywood, where it uses cutting techniques that maximize material yields and reduce waste. Each carryall features…

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"Lifepack" is a Solar-Powered, Anti-Theft Backpack for Mobile Workers

HOLD EVERYTHING Certainly Solgaard, himself an avid backpacker, has found his niche. With more than a month left on its Kickstarter campaign, the Lifepack has already achieved its…

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Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train…

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Greek Volunteers Recycle Inflatable Boats, Life Vests Into Bags for Refugees

For the thousands of migrants arriving daily by boat to the Greek island of Lesbos, setting foot on land is only the beginning. A nascent design collective known as the Embassy for the…

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"Grimm" Actress Claire Coffee, Looptworks Create Upcycled Backpack

BAG OF TRICKS Dubbed, for obvious reasons, the “Calvin,” the backpack is entirely composed of materials diverted from the landfill (vegan options are available). Because it…

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Virginia Tech Student Creates Backpack From Recycled Plastic Bags

If Gabriella Jacobsen’s design education is indeed, as she says, her “secret superpower,” then it’s a good thing for the rest of us that she’s harnessing…

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McDonalds Turns Redesigned Packaging Into Trash-tastic Accessories

OUTSIDE THE BOX Machado and Hardouin ended up using 50 bags, 72 straws, 22 cups, and eight sandwich boxes, along with a handful of rhinestones and pearls for embellishment.…

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Looptworks Upcycles Alaska Airlines Seat Leather Into Eco-Chic Bags

CARRY ONS Like all Looptworks products, each Alaska Airlines item is handmade, hand-numbered, and backed by a lifetime guarantee. “Looptworks’ collaboration with Alaska Airlines is…

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Rattan: A Lightweight, Durable Cane Derived From Rainforest Palm

RATTAN \rəˈtan\ n. 1 a: The collective name for about 600 species of palm native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Australasia. b: Produces thin, pliable, and fast-growing…

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Hand-Cranked Sidewalk Cart Recycles Old Plastic Bags Into Stylish Totes

Few things are as emblematic of our throwaway culture as the humble plastic bag. Cheap to produce, easy to carry, and convenient to use, some 500 billion of the things are deployed…

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ReWrap: Biodegradable Designer Bags Made From Coconuts

The beautiful ReWrap tree bag, which debuted at Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven, is not only chic, but also completely compostable. Made entirely from natural fibers, the savvy bag…

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Sergio Rossi, Green Carpet Challenge Collaborate on Eco-Silk Shoes

Milanese cordwainer Sergio Rossi has joined forces with Livia Firth’s “Green Carpet Challenge” to create the sustainable-fashion initiatives inaugural line of shoes…

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PETA Sends Victoria Beckham a Vegan "V"irkin Bag

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Victoria Beckham to reconsider her love of exotic skins. Fresh off its indictment of the appalling conditions maintained by some of…

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Urban Kraft Puts a Chic, Urban Twist on the Brown Paper Bag

PAPER FASHION Aesthetics aside, Urban Kraft underscores the bags’ “indestructibility” as their defining feature. Despite the lightweight construction, each carryall is…

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JeBlue, Manhattan Portage Turn Old Airline Uniforms Into Bags

TRUE BLUE Each bag not only diverts textiles from landfills, according to Mendelsohn, but it also represents a piece of airline history “once worn by some of the most unique crew…

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