vegan handbag

Johnny Loves Rosie offers beautiful vegan leather handbags, which are unique as you can customise them and add personal  touches on ordering. Ideal to replace leather bags made with unkind materials, these are the ideal gift for the ethical fashionista. Each bag includes features like gold-tone hardware and keyrings, pockets and lined interiors with room for your essentials, plus luxury protective dust bags.

Leather is not a byproduct of the meat industry, and so these vegan leather handbags make ideal alternatives to ones made with real leather, which are often made in countries with poor welfare laws for both animals and the humans who make them.

It takes 17,000 litres of fresh drinking water to make just 1kg of leather. And 80% of leather is tanned with chrome that is toxic to tannery workers, plus animals of course suffer (20% of the Amazon rainforest is already gone, with cattle ranching the main cause). Cattle farming is by far the biggest contributor to CO2 emissions in livestock farming, causing 60% of all emissions, and over 65% of leather is from cows.

vegan handbags from Bergamo (Italy)

Miomojo (Italy) makes a lovely line of vegan handbags, in the country known for possibly being the most stylish on earth! Made in Bergamo (a city north of Milan near the Italian lakes), these beautiful bags are exquisitely crafted in lots of lovely colours and styles. Many of the bags are made from organic materials made with apple waste (locally sourced) and otherfruit or cactus leathers. Other items are made with ghost fishing waste (to help marine creatures) and recycled plastic bottles.  Their Love Bag Eva (sold at over 100 boutiques worldwide( is made entirely from apple skin. The range includes:

  1. Shoulder bags
  2. Cross-body bags
  3. Mini bags
  4. Backpacks

Most materials are sourced within 300km of headquarters, and the company gives 10% of the sale price to animal welfare causes worldwide with each purchase (and also donates 10% off from their offline business). It also uses profits to help independent animal sanctuaries, including one in Rome (founded by a former farmer who underwent a ‘transformation’ to animal rescuer!) He used to sell lambs and after hearing their cries, he bought them back for double the price, and now saves lambs from Easter lunch, to live out their lives in peace. Bravo Massimo!

These bags need to be carefully cared for, due to featuring high amounts of bio-content. Store in the included dust bags away from direct sunlight, heat and keep well ventilation, and stuff with clean paper when not in use. You can use a damp cloth to carefully clean the linings and then leave to air dry, removing stains with a damp cloth and mild soap and water. Avoid grease, solvents or strong grease.

an innovative set of matching vegan handbags

The Morphbag is an innovative vegan handbag. In a wide array of colours, the larger totes have wide straps to avoid digging into your shoulders. The Cross Body bag is ideal for shopping trips or when you need to be hands-free, and has adjustable straps to wear as a shoulder bag. The outside zip offers quick easy access to the contents inside like passports and transport cards. The clutch bag is ideal, when all you need is the essential. There is a secure inside zip to hold bank cards.You can remain hands-free to shake hands, but still hold your champagne glass!

It takes 17,000 litres of fresh drinking water to make just 1kg of leather. And 80% of leather is tanned with chrome that is toxic to tannery workers, plus animals of course suffer (20% of the Amazon rainforest is already gone, with cattle ranching the main cause). Cattle farming is by far the biggest contributor to CO2 emissions in livestock farming, causing 60% of all emissions, and over 65% of leather is from cows.

Founder Giovanna is an award-winning Italian luxury handbag designer and interior designer raised in the fashion industry and based in London, who previously had a successful international business career. Inspired by her own multi-tasking, she is a working mother who still wished to be stylish.A season-less bag of three colour-co-ordinated timeless handbags to make a capsule wardrobe set to last. Reersible tote, cross-body shoulder bag and clutch/wallet are carefully selected to work with the main colour groups of a capsule wardrobe: black, brown and navy. Each one has detailing in dual colours to work across the seasons.

They use luxury vegan polyurethene leather that is coated and textured for the same pebble grain and the linings of the cross body bags are made from recycled water bottles. They use recycled PU leather. The boxes are made from compostable fsc-wood or cardboard with water-based inks and natural glue, and are sold in fair trade cotton drawstring bags with the brand logo. Trees are also planted in the Amazon rainforest (responsible for 6% of the world’s oxygen) for the bags sold.

sustainable handbags from Australia

A C Official is an Australian sustainable handbag brand, created by a woman who learned to sew before she could walk. Growing up in an eco-friendly household, she was shocked to learn of the waste in the fashion industry, and decided to go it alone to create a brand based on the ethos of Ahimsa (do not harm – hence the name stands for ‘Ahimsa Collective’).

These products are designed alongside a circular economy, for timeless modern designs designed to last for years, and be kind to both animals and the earth. Carefully made by artisans, the materials used include:

  1. Cactus leather which is very soft (akin to calfskin) and free from PVC and other toxic chemicals). Partially biodegradable, this is the first Australian fashion brand to work with the material also called ‘Nopal’ or ‘prickly pear’. Harvetsed from Mexico where it grows abundantly with rainwater, cacti need little water to thrive and only take a few week to harvest, with mature leaves removed and no disturbance to the ground, which would release carbon if roots were removed. Their cactus leather bags are lined with recycled cotton polyester fabric.
  2. Pineapple leather is made from the non-woven fibres of pineapple leaves, leftover from the fruit industry. This has a unique texture and is strong and durable, and again needs no extra water, land or fertilisers. It also produces biogas which helps more income for pineapple farmers.
  3. Washable paper is made from FSC-certified trees in Europe, to ensure no harvesting illegally of endangered trees that are also home to endangered wildlife. This also safeguards the forest workers. This is a strong durable replacement to leather.
  4. Deadstock fabrics are leftover from the fashion industry like minor defects, so cannot be used. The internal linings are made from recycled polyester that is similar to neoprene (wetsuit material) for a soft handfeel yet strong enough to cope with daily use. Ecoprene is made from consumer off-cuts, post-consumer textile pets, recycled water bottles and recycled carpets.

accessories (from recycled fire hose)

Elvis & Kresse (also sold at Social Supermarket) creates beautifully crafted luggage and accessories like overnight bags, washbags and belts, all made from decommissioned fire hose that is salvaged from the British Fire Brigade. A few years back, they did use up some recycled leather but that appears to have gone now, so all items should hopefully be vegan-friendly.

In red or yellow, the company offers a repair-for-life on the entire collection and 50% of profits are given The Fire Fighters Charity, which offers support to serving and retired firefighters with everything from physical and mental health issues, to nursing support for injuries. Its dedicated centre in Cumbria helps firefighters and their families also with illness, from strokes and MS to motor neurone disease.

There isn’t a more heroic job than a firefighter, is there? In 2020, London Fire Brigade also rescued over 300 cats and birds, 73 dogs, 61 foxes, 17 horses, 17 deer and 7 squirrels. They also put out wildfires and fires caused by fire lanterns.

The best ways we can help is to not drop cigarette litter (like a match to paper on dry land), install smoke alarms (your fire service will check for vulnerable people) and get them checked and throw out dodgy electrics (use safer oil-powered radiators over convector heaters) and clean gas vents, flues and chimneys. Swap chip pans for air-fryers with safety cutouts. Cook without loose hair or floaty sleeves, face pan handles inwards and keep a mini extinguisher nearby.

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