As I prepare to go on my first far-away trip in a couple weeks, I've been gathering a few basics that I think will be the most helpful. Things that I've been wanting to buy for every day use for maybe a year but have been too frugal to buy. Now, as I'm getting ready to be about 4,000 miles out of my comfort zone, those things seem a little bit more like necessities.
One of those things is a strong, simple tote bag. I want one that can work with every single outfit that I have because I want to own very few things. There was a time when I was definitely a bag hoarder with a different bag to go with every outfit. Most were cheaply made and trendy so that I could switch them out as quickly as the styles changed. This is not that time. I am now looking for a classic, structural bag that I can use and enjoy for at least five years. It needs to be able to hold a lunch, a wallet, a phone, keys, lip balm, a small notebook, and a sweater. I've compiled a list of my favorite ones that are sustainable in a variety of ways.
1. Organic Leather Tote by Sjaelv | Made in Lübeck, Germany
- Made out of cotton canvas, a renewable source
- Handles made from antique, World War II, leather gun slings
- Handmade in the USA
I think all of these would be perfect bags for toting around the essentials!
Credits: Image #1 & #2 by Sjaelv | Image #3 by Baggu | Image #4 by Shlomy Azolay of WalkaholicS | Image #5 by Misoui | Image #6 by WAAM Industries | Image #7 by Margaux Kent of Peg & Awl