28 Feb The Best Ethical Handbags to Up Your Eco-Fashion Game
The amount of plastic in the ocean is at an all-time high. So, eco-fashion brands are rising to the occasion with some of the best ethical handbags we’ve seen yet. Many forward-thinking designers choose to intentionally and ethically source their materials. The result? Collections of sustainably-crafted handbags made with recycled ocean plastic.
High-Fashion Goes Eco-Luxe
High-end brands like Prada and Burberry create sustainable bags using econyl: a sustainable nylon made from reused fishing nets, fabric scraps and industrial plastic. With 8 million metric tons of plastic entering our oceans each year, these handbags are a step in the right direction.
The Noces Preserves Traditional Artistry and the Planet
The Noces is another notable company in the eco-fashion sustainable handbag movement. From the French term meaning “marriage,” Noces signifies a cultural union between ethically-sourced and locally-purchased materials. The company directly empowers the Malagasy people, working specifically with family-owned businesses in Madagascar. Additionally, they donate 5% of annual profits to local area charities.
Each bag is handcrafted using Malagasy zebu leather and eco-friendly raffia fiber from palm trees, which regenerates after harvesting. Incorporating ancestral techniques such as weaving, carving, crochet, and embroidery, the unique collections showcase and preserve traditional local artistry.
Alfreya Valrina Models a Zero-Waste Approach
Indonesia-based Alfreya Valrina strives to support fair labor practices and area artisans by sourcing materials locally. Using minimal machinery helps to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Additionally, any leftover scrap materials are upcycled into other products, creating a zero-waste approach.