Spring Accessories with a Conscious

13 Jan

Ethical fashion has been on the rise in the last decade and continues to pick-up steam with products like the FEED Project‘s juggernaut FEED Bag, Join(RED)‘s multitude of designer collaborations, TOMS canvas shoes, and Falling Whistles‘ striking necklaces to name only a few. Embraced by celebrities, high-brow magazines, and the public at-large, fashion’s growing conscience isn’t going anywhere.

This spring ushers in new products with a larger purpose than keeping you sleek and stylish. Take a look at some of the season’s ethical accessories sure to make a big splash in the coming months.

Super Earth Goods Weekend Bag — Contribute to a greener planet with Super Earth Goods’ Weekend Bag, a handmade top-handled tote assembled completely out of re-purposed materials like like tires, rice sacks, and potato sacks. Originally designed as a weekend carryall for the creator’s boyfriend, this unisex tote can hold a change of clothes and a pair of shoes, but could easily be carried as a handbag to add an earthy, summery flare to any casual outfit. The Weekend Bag is available in two sizes and can be purchased online at Super Earth Goods. And hurry — it’s 50% off right now!

Kayu Bamboo Sunglasses — Inspired by the evolved business model of TOMS slip-ons, San Francisco-based label Kayu funds a sight-restoring surgery to a person in India for every pair of sunglasses purchased. Kayu’s fun and streamlined shades are crafted out of natural bamboo and feature 100 percent UV gradient lenses, for full protection as sunlight becomes stronger in spring and summer. Four styles of the sustainable sunglasses are available from oversized Jackie O. frames to more modernized shapes, including the timeless Wayfarer style, running for $180 each online.

Strawfoot Handmade Bags — Support American handmade goods in your wardrobe with a Strawfoot Handmade tote. Constructed by hand in Northern California entirely from materials sourced in the US, this sturdy shoulder bag makes fashion functional as well as conscientious. This must-have staple is available in four styles and retailing from $128 to $184 online.

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