These zero waste wash bags are all made from organic or recycled materials. Ideal gifts for the time comes to replace your present wash bag, wash ones made with synthetic fibres in a microplastic catch bag. This organic cotton wash bag has a zip and handy wrist strap.
This organic cotton ‘Woodland Walk’ Wash Bag is beautifully quilted, in unique prints with a stylish tassel. Also ideal to store makeup and cloth nappies, it has a handy elastic pocket inside. The design is inspired by childhood memories of rambling through English woodlands, crunching through leaves. Or exploring the carpet of bluebells in spring and guzzling blueberries in later summer. Also available in other designs, wipe with a damp cloth only.
SOP Organic Cotton Wash Bag (Norfolk) is made with premium organic cotton canvas, and screen-printed with vegetable inks. It features a sleek gold YKK quality zip that is nickel-free. Ideal for an overnight stay.
This luxury vegan leather wash bag (also sold at WEARTH London) features a roomy centre compartment with full-length zipped compartment and 2 smaller pockets. There is a side pocket for smaller items. This vegan leather is PVC-free and sold in recycled packaging. Also in black.
This wash bag made from recycled fire hose makes a nice luxury gift. Lined with waste parachute silk (likely nylon, modern ‘silk’ rarely is), it’s wipe-clean. Elvis & Kresse (Kent) is a social enterprise that makes ‘vegan leather’ goods from recycled fire hose. 50% of profits from each sale go to help present and retired firefighters. Also in medium size.
Wash Bags Made from Used Tyres
This wash bag made from upcycled truck tyres helps to reduce landfill fire hazards. Tyres are not just rubber, most contain plastic too, so are difficult to recycle and don’t biodegrade (a good reason to only use pure rubber flops by the beach, as recycled tyre flops contain plastic, if one drops into the sea – save them for pottering around the garden). Each of these wash bags is unique, due to the original tyre markings, and is waterproof too.
This wash bag made from used bike tyres is made by fairly-paid artisan in Malawi. Unlined, it has a stitched carry handle, along with a sturdy full length zip. Cycle of Good employs tailors to support their families, without handouts. Profits are used to fund childcare, education and non-profit social enterprises. The same company offers bags and pencil cases made from inner tubes. Around 44,000 tons of bike tyres and inner tubes are landfilled each year in the UK – Staffordshire’s Velorim has launched a scheme where indie bike shop earn money for taking back and recycling tyres (50p) and inner tubes (20p).
This beautiful zero waste cosmetic bag, ticks all the planet-friendly boxes. It’s made from organic cotton canvas, and comes beautifully wrapped in acid-free recycled tissue paper. Handmade to also be a toiletry or travel bag, choose from three lovely colour options:
- Ocean Selkie
- Purple Moonstone
Machine washable at 30 degrees, this is a great way to help the planet, because nylon and polyester cosmetic bags deposit microplastics into the ocean, if washed in the machine. This bag is made from biodegradable safe materials, so won’t cause harm in the machine. Organic cotton also lasts longer (as the fibres have not been damaged by chemicals). So as well as being better for the planet and wildlife, it should last longer than the average makeup bag too.