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Etsy Vendors of Vegetable-Tanned Leather Purses

I had to include this because there are so many small artisans now working with vegetable-tanned leather that it was a joy for me to see their creations. You’ll find unusual designs here as well as traditional classics. Note the country items are shipped from as they are not all use. But here’s where you’ll find vegetable-tanned leather purses and accessories at prices well below other sources. Note: This is a search results page on Etsy for “vegetable-tanned leather purses.” Try reaching on “vegetable0tanned leather for other items.

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Bags of all sizes and natural fiber scarves “hand dyed naturally…We use plants, not pollutants, to create color for our accessories collection. The beauty of aligning our design, development and production with the East Coast seasons truly defines how guided we are by nature. Each season nature brings us many gifts, including the colors we create. We expand on and discover more colors from season to season through growing dye plants and natural dyeing our textiles in house. Our dye stuffs are mostly home grown, locally foraged or food scraps. At times we also use minerals and dye stuffs that we source from trusted suppliers.”

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Natural fibers…vegetable dyes…small batch production…exploring origins…handloomed organic cotton…Himalayan wild nettle…A beautiful collaboration of east and west making backpacks, totes, small accessories, and caps.

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Blue Q

Totes and other bags made from 95% recycled polyethylene rice sacks (don’t know the other 5% but it’s nothing that I can smell). These bags are unusually fun and functional. I have a shoulder tote and I love it. The nontoxic material is waterproof so it protects the contents of the bag when it’s raining, the totes are generous in size with a big zipper that is easy to open and close, and straps long enough to carry on my shoulder. I take mine to the farmer’s market every Sunday. Bold colorful designs. NOTE: There are other products on this site. I am only recommending the bags.

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Dharma Trading Company

This is one of my local California stores that has been around a long time—1969! They are basically a fiber art supply store, so there are a lot of things you may not be interested in, but I’m listing them here because fiber arts are about putting art on fabric and clothing, and they carry a good selection of natural fiber fabrics, clothing and other dyeables that can be used “undyed.” They have many types of cotton fabrics, including some organic and even 100% cotton for making sweat clothes, hemp and hemp blends, linen and linen blends, and many silk fabrics. Also extra wide natural fiber fabrics undyed for curtains or bedlinens. Clothing for babies, kids, women and men include such things as undyed cotton tank dress for only $16 and cotton sweat pants and sweat shirts for under $20. Clothing is not organic, but no dye and all sewn with cotton thread. Plus bags, wallets, totes. Yarns, lace, ribbons. Almost anything and everything. And they sell all kinds of dyes and markers (not all nontoxic) to make your own creations.

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Wander Wet Bags

“Super cute, powerfully water-resistant, eco-friendly, wet swimsuit bags.” While these aren’t 100% natural, they are a lot less toxic than a vinyl bag. The owner wrote to me, “The waterproof lining is an eco-friendly polyurethane. It is laminated onto the poly knit fabric using thermo processing rather than using chemical solvents. This breathable and waterproof material is VOC, BPA, and lead free. The exterior lining is made from 100% cotton and is printed with organic inks.”

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A “culinary tote collection” of bags and wraps designed simply and specifically for carrying food. I love their Grand Tote, which is wide enough to carry a variety of vegetables from the farmer’s market or garden, without piling them on top of each other. “Sewn by women in San Francisco, the Aplat collection of washable, reusable culinary totes is manufactured with empathy, applying a zero-waste origami design using 100% organic cotton.”

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Amana Woolen Mill

Though the name says “woolen mill,” today Amana makes and sells high quality 100% cotton products for the home: blankets & throws, table and kitchen linens. Plus heavy duty totes made from reclaimed cotton yarn and fabric with full grain leather handles. “We are a community of families, farmers and artisans that are nearly as old as Iowa itself. Quality craftsmanship isn’t a coincidence, it’s second nature. Our textiles are woven in the same building that was first used more than a century and a half ago…The exacting methods used today were brought from the old world by Amana’s first settlers, while the pioneering spirit of those first families continues to drive new innovations.”

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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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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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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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“ 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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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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