Pretty in Green: Top 5 designer labels for vegan handbags

Vegan fashion is the megatrend, but also a challenge - especially in the leather-affine accessories industry - discover our top picks for vegan handbags

Key Facts: Vegan handbags

More and more high-end labels are launching vegan collections. These are at the intersection of design and innovation, as new ways and materials are being developed in the production of animal-friendly creations. This makes it possible to avoid the use of substances as well as practices that are harmful to animals as well as the environment.

This progress is particularly interesting with regard to accessories: belts, shoes and handbags are often leather goods and thus probably the best known and also most popular animal product. So the pioneering development of leather and other fabric alternatives in the fashion industry is all the more important now. A particular focus is currently on a trendy topic: vegan handbags.

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This must be taken into account when buying vegan handbags

Vegan handbags have to meet certain criteria. It is not enough to simply rely on the fact that handbags that are not made of leather are also vegan. Buttons, hangers, clasps and coatings can contain animal traces and are therefore also produced in the context of animal suffering.

The following criteria outline what is important when buying a vegan bag:

  • No animal ingredients (wool, silk, leather, down, fur, etc.)
  • No animal testing and cruelty
  • The most important vegan seal for fashion: PETA Approved Vegan
  • Caution: mother-of-pearl and horn buttons or beeswax coatings are not vegan either

In general, buying a vegan handbag often means not only protecting animals, but also protecting the entire planet. Designers who are committed to the animal welfare mission in most cases take a holistic approach to sustainability and ethics. The production of vegan objects is often characterized by environmentally friendly and climate-efficient practices. Two examples of this are imitation leather made from leftover fruit. Here is an overview of all leather alternatives.

Vegan handbags are made from these innovative imitation leathers

  1. Piñatex/pineapple leather: Made from leaves - a waste product - of the fruit. Resource conservation and water savings are therefore more efficient than with traditional leather or cotton production.
  2. apple leather: Made from leftover apples from the food industry
  3. Fruitleather Rotterdam: Since up to 3.500 kilograms of fruit and vegetable scraps are thrown away every day at Rotterdam's well-known weekly market, students developed a way to extract a valuable raw material from the supposed waste. To do this, the fruit is boiled down, rotted, and then dried to be simply processed further into objects with a leather look.
  4. Synthetic fabrics: Artificial fabrics are not always taboo. Recycled polyester or plastic can protect the environment and is durable as well as resistant.
  5. mushroom leather: Feels like felt with a very low weight
  6. corn leather: Made from leftover industrial corn, this material is particularly stable and biodegradable

We show which brands combine design, innovation and a sense of responsibility in their vegan bags.



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