Fashion That Matters: Eco-Friendly Handbags by English Retreads

If you are in the market for a new purse this fall or winter consider an eco-friendly and vegan option that supports sustainable small business! English Retreads, a sustainable handbag and accessory company based in Boulder, Colorado has some amazing vegan handbag options made from recycled rubber tires and inner tubes! Founded by Heather English in 2002, English Retreads has made a serious commitment to social and environmental sustainability by not only using recycled materials to handcraft gorgeous bags, but also offsetting 100% of carbon emissions from manufacturing, shipping, and employee commuting. That is pretty awesome!

So far I’ve tried out their large “Model T Tote Luxe”which is big enough to carry a 17″ Macbook Pro, water bottle, coffee mug, makeup bag, wallet, keys, and cell phone! For $118, this bag comes with a lifetime guarantee for replacement/repair and the good feeling of spending your dollars with companies committed to doing social and environmental good. The lining comes in a variety of bright and cheery fabrics made from 100% recycled consumer plastics! I’m eyeing up their smaller “Coupe Luxe” purse and a wallet… I guess Christmas isn’t too far away :-).

The bottom line is we think these purses are rocker-chic, durable, and generally awesome. Oh and at Y&L Style Bar we love socially and environmentally sustainable business women! You can check out the line of purses here. Do you have a favorite eco-friendly or vegan handbag? If so share it with us and the readers :-)!

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