By Bonny Osterhage
If you are like us, you require a lot of “stuff” to get through your day. Open our bags and you are likely to find (in addition to the prerequisite keys, phone and wallet) gym clothes, an energy bar, sunscreen, children’s toys, organizers and more. Rather than carry three or four different bags to get through our day, we usually just carry everything in a large vegan or eco friendly tote handbag. Here are a few of our favorites that can help you keep all your “stuff” in one place.
Tina Dean Designs The Tina Bag
One of our favorite new brands, Tina Dean Designs upcycles materials to create beautiful bags, like this spacious, summery tote. Hand crocheted from upcycled plastic bags, it is sturdy, durable and built to last. Perfect for the beach, market, or even on the town! $150 at www.tinadeandesigns.com.
Matt & Nat Britt
This vegan tote will brighten your day and your outfit with its bold, on trend, papaya color. Pockets and zippered compartments keep you organized, while the option of handles or a shoulder strap offer you plenty of versatility when it comes to how you tote your tote. $125 at www.mattandnat.com.
Gunas Melrose Tote
A classic style gets a little edge from the hardware in this “go with everything” tote. A recycled, red faux suede lining adds an unexpected twist, and we love the detachable shoulder strap for those days we need to be hands free. $225 at www.gunasthebrand.com.
Two’s Company Pastel Aquatic Jute Bag
Cute seashell design, great price, and fun style are what this jute tote is all about. Perfect for a day at the beach, it’s roomy enough for your towel, book and sunscreen. An economical $19.95 at www.charlestonnaturally.com. (Click the first thumbnail to see this style)
Nella Bella Winnipeg
This tote has that perfect “broken in” feel, thanks to the soft, durable and textured Nu Ocean vegan material. Large, with a sporty style, it is perfect for your daily jaunts or weekend excursions. Available in four colors – but we like the summery light blue the best. $125 at www.nella-bella.com.