6 Good Things: Better Bags For The Environment
The local accessory labels taking a conscious approach to design, materials and manufacturing
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, Saben.co.nz.
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, Goatloft.com.
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, Deadlyponies.com
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. Yumeibrand.com
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, Defenderbags.org.