Attention Bag Bliss readers! I regret to inform you that Earth Overshoot Day keeps arriving earlier and earlier with each passing year. This year it landed just this last Friday, on September 25th. But wait… what exactly is Earth Overshoot Day? And why should we even care? Well, one way to think about it is to say nature has a budget. Our planet can only produce a certain amount of resources and absorb a certain amount of waste in a given time frame. And with the ever increasing demand of human consumption, resources are now being used at a rate faster than the Earth can regenerate them and wastes are being produced at a rate faster than the Earth can absorb them. At these current rates, we would actually need 1.4 planets in order to be operating in a sustainable fashion. The word “overshoot” refers to the ecological debt that we keep incurring with each passing year. This is something that everyone should be concerned with because we cannot keep going on like this forever. At some point, we will become bankrupt.
Now I know that we don’t tend to think about these things in our day to day lives. Especially when we are living in a world that revolves around consuming. But we can all make a difference by making some simple changes. And I thought maybe it would be fun, since this is a handbag blog, to point out some eco-friendly handbags that are currently available. If we must consume, then why not do it in a sustainable manner?
1. Urban Junket T.O.T.E. Laptop Bag
This cute and colorful laptop bag is constructed of 100% organic cotton. Plus the lining is made of recycled plastic water bottles that were transformed into thread and dyed with 100% organic vegetable dyes.
Find it at Luggage Online.
2. Nahui Ollin Envelope Clutch
This lovely clutch is constructed of recycled candy wrappers. The metallic look makes this clutch perfect for a girls’ night out.
Find it at eBags
3. Novella Royale Hudson Studded Clutch
Check this out girls! This rocker-chic clutch is made of genuine leather AND it’s eco-friendly. This beauty was made from recycled vintage leather jackets!
Find it at Shopbop.com.
4. Envirosax Organic Bamboo Shopping Tote
With all of the billions of plastic sacks out there littering our oceans and our communities, what eco-friendly handbag list would be complete without a reusable shopping tote? This one is made of organic bamboo and linen. Bamboo is 100% biodegradable and 100% sustainable.
Find it at ENVIROSAX.
If you would like more information about Earth Overshoot Day, check out The Global Footprint Network!
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