6 Stylishly Unique Fair-Trade Bags Under $100

Bags are such fun and useful fashion accessories… we can’t get enough of them. They come in all shapes, sizes, materials, patterns, and colors. That’s why there’s always room in our closets for another bag. Fortunately, you don’t need to contribute to the depletion of natural resources anymore by buying bags from retail or department stores. 

The following fair-trade bags are eco-friendly and cost under $100, so you’ll be paying the same amount for a quality, handmade bag that will last for years. Each of these stylishly unique fair-trade bags is made by artisans around the world who earn fair wages for their work. So now you can sport a chic bag and save the environment at the same time… what better excuse to get your favorite fair-trade bag?

PS: Some of these bags contain leather, which I do not support as a vegan, but I’ve included a few in this list because many readers prefer leather handbags.


Ikat Shoulder Bag in Sage Green

This eco-leather bag is stylish without harmful chemicals that harm the environment. The earthy sage fabric flap complements the brown leather, and two magnetic closures keep bag contents inside. Handmade by Indian artisans.  $89, Fair Trade Winds


Natural Vegan Cork Leather Tote

This gorgeous cork tote bag is lightweight and naturally stain resistant. Made from a renewable and sustainable material, this vegan bag is ideal for the farmer’s market or beach. The lobster clasp ensures the contains stay within. $80, MadeFAIR


Patchwork Sari Tote

Constructed from recycled saris, this brilliant patchwork tote features an eclectic assortment of colors and patterns. The exterior is hand-embroidered and has two handles, while the interior is cotton-lined with a zipper closure. Handmade by Indian artisans from the Delhi disadvantaged communities. $55, Serrv


Recycled Canvas Weekender Bag

Made from 100% recycled canvas fabric from truck tarps, this handcrafted khaki and tan bag is durable and perfect for weekend excursions. It features one main interior pocket, two exterior pockets, and two leather handles. Handmade by fair-trade artisans in India. $51, Overstock Worldstock


Rounded Camari Crossover Bag

Featuring handwoven wool in traditional Ecuadorian patterns and hues, this small leather bag is well-made and stylish. The soft leather strap is adjustable and the top contains a secure closure by zipper and magnet. This bag won’t hold too many items, but some essentials and then some. Handmade by Ecuadorian artisans. $88, Serrv


Shipibo Tote Bag

This cotton tote bag is cool, lightweight, and comfortable to carry. Hand-painted using chemical-free dyes, this large cotton bag is the perfect addition to an outdoor event or shopping trip. It contains an interior pocket and leather straps. Handmade by fair-trade artisans. $98, Indigenous

What do designer bags have on these purses? Just more carbon footprint.


Featured image by Madefair.co

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