Textiles | Bags

Project Greenbag

“..the most eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. All our reusable bags are made in the USA, in San Francisco California. We use super soft organic cotton that is soft to the touch. These bags are super strong and can handle the heaviest items. It is generously large which allows you to carry a lot more items than a plastic bag can. Best of all, the handles will never break off and the bottom will never bust like a plastic bag.”

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Hunker Bag Co.

Handmade bags designed from locally and ethically sourced, high quality, Horween leather, TexWax waxed canvas and all brass hardware. Men’s travel bags, briefcases, clutches, everyday bags, totes, messenger bags, wallets, weekend bags and backpacks for both men and women. “Hunker Bag Co. bags are made in small batches and are luxurious, functional, unique and trendy. In addition, they are designed to last a lifetime and to grow in character and meaning for their owner over the years. Ever-stylish, when you purchase a Hunker Bag Co. product, you can be assured of a bag that will be able to withstand the rigors of daily use.”

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Jackson Wayne

Briefcases, messenger bags, totes, wallets, and other accessories made in the USA of vegetable-tanned leather. Read and watch a video about their vegetable tanning method here. “We use only the finest full grain leather in everything we make. Full grain leather is the best grade of leather you can get, far superior to the “genuine leather” used in most mass-market bags. Our design philosophy is simple: get out of the way of the leather. Our designs are inspired by the minimal design aesthetic of leather bags from the 1920’s to 1940’s. We make bags the old fashioned way, using thick full grain leather – the kind of leather your grandfather would have appreciated. The leather we use is tanned to perfection and truly a work of art in its own right. So we try to let the leather speak for itself and avoid clutter and excessive design features.

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Lotuff Leather

Extremely high quality one-of-a-kind leather bags for men and women: briefcases travel bags, wallets, backpacks, totes, and various leather accessories. You can even choose the exact leather hide for your bag. Their leather is an all-natural vegetable-tanned leather, made in a tannery that eschews the use of chemicals and metals and instead relies on plant-based matter for coloring.

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Cedar Key Canvas

This small cottage industry has been making purses, totes, luggage, backpacks and duffles from heavy cotton canvas since 1986. Each piece you order is made especially for you in the style and color you choose and can be customized. They will also make your own fabric into a bag of your choice.

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Vejibag

Specially designed bags for storing vegetables made from 100% U.S. grown and milled Organic cotton fabric and thread. ” It keeps all kinds of humidity-loving perishables fresh, crisp, and tasty for a week or more. Damp cloth bags keep moisture-loving vegetables moist and crisp in a high humidity environment. Moisture slowly evaporates from the surface of the bag to keep both the bag and the vegetables “breathing.” A slightly moist bag keeps vegetables crisp, often several days beyond storage in either a crisper drawer or plastic bag.”

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Lazy Dog Designs

Two big, useful bags made from 55% hemp/45% organic cotton. The Farmer’s Market bag has a wide strap that goes across the body or over the shoulder for hands-free shopping, and lots of pockets suitable for shopping. The Everyday Business Bag is similar, with pockets for water bottle, and another pocket for sunglasses or cell phone.

 

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JADETribe

Delightful 100% natural fiber bags, totes, weekender bags and more. “Captivated by the colors of the natural organic dyes coupled with their incredible weaving skills and the remarkable textiles these women were creating, Kimberly employed this village to create exclusive colors and patterns that became the foundation of the JADEtribe handbag collection. A little bit beach-y, a little bit bohemian jet set, and 100 percent natural and ethical, JADEtribe is the true embodiment of fashion with a conscience. Whether it’s the handbag repurposed from hand embroidered baby carrier cloths, or the hand braided jewelry that jingles, or the organically dyed and hand loomed traditional textiles, each element of JADEtribe carries in it a piece of Kimberly’s heart and a piece of the hearts of the women in South East Asia whose lives have been improved by making it.” Also ready-to-wear clothing.

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Brute Jute

Reusable shopping bags made from jute. “Long wooden handles provide a far more comfortable grip than conventional shopping bags. Carry up to 50% more capacity than a typical plastic or paper bag. Easily rolled-up and neatly stored in your car between shopping trips.”

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Red Clouds Collective

Clothing, bags, and accessories made with all natural materials and exceptional craftsmanship. “Our products are born from necessity. Each one is thoughtfully designed to make life a little easier, and they’re all built to last a lifetime.”MATERIALS: Vegetable Tanned Leather from Hermann Oak—a St. Louis, Missouri-based tannery that has been tanning leather using extracts of tree bark in the traditional method since 1881. Waxed Canvas from Fairfield Textile, a specialized American manufacturer based in Bridgeton, New Jersey that has been crafting fabric since 1838. Selvage Denim from Cone Mills’ White Oak Plant in North Carolina, woven on vintage 1940s fly-shuttle looms that give each piece of fabric a unique depth and dimension.”

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Pack-It Cooler Bags

Here’s a bag that freezes overnight, then chills all day. “It’s the only bag that keeps food and drinks cool up to 10 hours – No ice packs needed.” These bags have a freezable gel right inside the sides of the bag, so foods are kept cold from all directions. I can see these bags being useful for shopping, travel, lunch, so you can really take your food with you.”Made from food-safe, nontoxic poly canvas and waterproof EVA. PVC-, BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free. What a great idea! Bags come in 12 sizes, including a grocery-size bag.

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STRUCTUREbags

“ Unique bags made with great resources from great people….When you choose a STRUCTUREbag purse or accessory, you know you are getting a bag not only hand-crafted in the USA, but eco-friendly as well. The canvas on your bag is 100-percent organic. The vintage button on your bifold is often upcycled. The high quality, 100-percent wool fabrics are hand-felted by a one-woman-shop in South Carolina. We source our labels and printed canvases from other small businesses around the country.”

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Infusion Fibers

Beautifully simple natural fiber handmade bags, using organic cotton, vegetable tanned leather, and other natural materials of similar quality. “Infusion represents a collection of hand designed, hand sewn, high quality, natural fiber textile and leather work.,Every item is thoughtfully constructed, from start to finish, by Abby Meadow, in her home loft studio on the Oregon coast… In my work, I strive to create durable and long lasting items that are both functional and beautiful. I am drawn to natural fibers, with an emphasis on organic cotton canvas, waxed cotton canvas, hemp, and vegetable tanned leather. In my own life, I make every effort to be kind and gentle to the earth and to the life forms that live here. My work is a natural, creative extension of the things I value, and the care in which I approach life and those around me.” Wallets, backpacks, purses, satchels, and more.

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Reuseit.com

This site is dedicated to eliminating disposable plastic bags and bottles by offering a wide variety of reusable alternatives. Bags of all shapes and sizes are made from cotton, organic cotton, and hemp. Also reusable aluminum drink bottles from Switzerland. Read descriptions carefully if you want natural materials as some products, though reusable, are made of plastic.

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Port Canvas

This company specializes in "rugged," well-made, durable, canvas bags in all shapes and sizes–from totes to briefcases, handbags, sportsbags, and luggage. Choose from 15 colors of cotton canvas, 3 colors for handles, and they can add an embroidered monogram or name. "All bags and totes are constructed of heavyweight 100% cotton vat-dyed canvas and webbing…We've gone the extra distance by double-folding and stitching canvas on all zipper gussets, and binding all key edges of our bags. Because each product is completely hand stitched by one person, no two will be exactly the same, you'll even find the sewer's initials right inside your bag. Every Port Canvas bag is handmade to customer specifications."

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Hemp Sisters

All kinds of colorful and creative bags made from hemp, cotton, and recycled silk: travel and utility bags, shoulder and tote bags, passport and field bags, wallets and purses, and sling bags. Very sturdy and durable. "Hemp Sisters is dedicated to providing one-of-a-kind, high-quality, hand-crafted clothing and accessories made of earth-sustaining, environmentally-friendly natural fiber materials such as hemp, nettle, recycled silk and wool.Hemp and nettle grow wild in nature and are hand-processed without chemicals on a traditional pit-loom by native villagers in the remote western villages of the Himalayan Kingdom Nepal. Recycled silk items are made by gathering waste pieces of silk from the cutting room floors of commercial producers in India and are then re-spun and hand knitted or crocheted into unique creations for Hemp Sisters. All Hemp Sisters items are hand-made by working women's cooperatives in Kathmandu, Nepal that pay fair wages, provide excellent working environmenys, and support the local women's community through scholarships and employment opportunities."

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