Since bags are popularly made of leather, they are notoriously difficult to make sustainably. Both animal leather and so-called ‘vegan’ leather are damaging to the environment. Chromium, a carcinogenic agent, is released during the tanning process of animal leather and PU/PVC are made from petroleum derived compounds. So, we scouted around and found 4 leather bag alternatives for you. They are sustainable and stylish, all at the same time! Read on:
Aulive Amber Pina Sling | Buy Now
This Aulive Amber Pina Sling bag’s material is imported Piñatex®, made from pineapple leaf fibre. It’s a PETA approved vegan leather bag. The lining of the bag is Indian artisanal Ikat fabric. It’s a plant-based leather alternative, which has a low environmental impact.
Price- Rs. 5,790
Okhai Dhaaga Handcrafts Bag | Buy Now
The name ‘dhaaga’ evokes a feeling that this series of bags is made from all things earth-friendly. The base of the bag is made of soft jute, embroidered with colourful flowers and leaves. It’s a great accessory for casual outings as well as vacations.
Price- Rs. 3,200
Bombay Trooper Whiskey Messenger Laptop Bag | Buy Now
This tough and rugged bag is made from upcycled cotton canvas that was once a part of military tents. It has brass plated fittings and is proudly made in India. The bag is suitable for both men and women. Buy it if you are looking for something roomy to stow away your belongings.
Price- Rs. 4,545
Studio Beej Abha Briefcase | Buy Now
The Studio Beej Abha Briefcase comes from earth and will become a part of it. It’s crafted with kesh and upcycled leather trims. Khesh is an upcycled material made from weaving old cotton together with new yarn using traditional handlooms. While the process is labour intensive, it also has a low carbon footprint. Studio Beej sources its Khesh from Amar Kutir, a cooperative centre for the promotion of arts and crafts based out of West Bengal.
Price- On Request
We love all of these bags and are curious to know what you liked the best! Let us know in the comments.