Brands are starting to realise their impact on our environment. Photo / Saben.

6 Good Things: Better Bags For The Environment

The local accessory labels taking a conscious approach to design, materials and manufacturing

Defender shopping bag, $40. Photo / Defender.


An exploration of closed-loop design, Saben's 100 per cent recycled leather bag is created from industrial off-cuts, which are reconstituted with a natural binding agent that comes from rubber trees. $449,

Karkt weekender bag, $195. Photo / Karkt


This emerging Auckland-based brand uses reclaimed materials like canvas, yacht sail nylon, PVC and post-consumer polyester to make stylish — yet highly functional — bags. $200, 

Brands are starting to realise their impact on our environment. Photo / Saben.


A vegan alternative to leather that's natural and biodegradable, this innovative capsule range is made from organic cactus leaves — a by-product of the pharmaceutical industry. $649,

Saben Kelly tote $449. Photo / Supplied


To discourage waste and promote circularity, Yu Mei has introduced a Buyback Initiative. Yu Mei bags (like the new design pictured here) can be returned for credit, and are lovingly refurbished and on-sold by the brand.

Goat Loft Cascade tote $200. Photo / Supplied


This strong and stylish shopping bag is made from recycled billboards, so it's super durable and an ethical choice. Even better, profits are donated to a charity supporting migrant children on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. $40,

Deadly Ponies Mr Mini Chain Mail Cactus $649. Photo / Supplied
Made from recycled truck curtains, this weekender bag is durable, waterproof and you'll always spot it at the baggage carousel. $195,

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