Beauty and function combine in Crystalyn Kae‘s gorgeous handbags. Surprisingly most of her bags are machine-washable and rain-proof. Sturdiness continues in the triple-reinforced zippers and 45 lb. strength thread. With a 1 year warranty and free shipping in the USA ($15 International Priority Shipping), Crystalyn Kae offers limited-edition bags like the Troubadour Tote Bag. Handcrafted in Seattle, Washington it’s not uncommon to find recycled leather or vintage fabrics in the designs – some are even vegan!.
Here’s an example of Crystalyn Kae’s gorgeous Troubadour Tote Bag in Red Tweed. Metal rivets and soft gathers make it casual enough for jeans, but it can easily be dressed up with a suit.
Stay Organized Features of the Troubadour Tote Bag:
Holds up to a 15″ MacBook laptop computer in a center laptop divided pocket.
5 interior pockets – 4 open for a phone, wallet and keys, plus 1 small zipper pocket.
Opens wide for a easy glance at everything inside.
Watch and learn how the humble aluminum pull tab is transformed into the must have accessory for fall. Each handmade piece is signed by the artisan who made it. Check out the entire recycled pull tab handbag collection at Ecoist.com.
With their commitment to recycling, Ken Kobrick and Angela Greene wanted to enter the "green" accessory market so Passchal's founders took on the challenge of using discarded tractor tire inner tubes and converting them into high-end, luxury accessories. Approximately 56 tons of inner tubes have been recycled. It all started after Angela bought a backpack made from inner tubes.
"We started making the bags in our 900-sq.-ft house, and had to throw away our old couch to make room for the industrial sewing machines," explains Kobrick. "The only room that didn't have inner tubes or a sewing machine was the bathroom."
To keep their bags lightweight, Passchal adds leather trim and sides to their rubber bags. This also allows the designs to features new colors and textures. All leathers used are by-products and then are vegetable dyed.
Made from sustainable hemp, the All Purpose Hemp Handbag from Sativa Bags is Earth friendly to the core. It's a classic style that's perfect for everyday use and has plenty of room for all of life's necessities. At Sativa Bags they believe that "good living shouldn't cost the earth." And the use of natural resources in a responsible way combined with classically modern designs makes their hemp products easy to love.
Personally, what I really love about my All Purpose Hemp Handbag is that I don't have to worry about being gentle with it. It's durability in material and design means I can use it everyday without fear of ruining it. This handbag is actually sturdier than the canvas messenger bag I purchased at the Army and Navy Store for the purpose of a diaper bag! It's larger than I expected, almost twice the size as the picture made me think, but not too large to be bulky for everyday use. I can fit everything I need to take with me and still have room to spare.
The All Purpose Hemp Handbag is made from sustainable hemp and cotton with a classic design. It's available in Brown, Ice, Khaki (shown), and Grey. It's 40cm x 22cm with a depth of 10cm, that's roughly 15 3/4 inches by 8 1/2 inches with a depth of approximately 4 inches.
The main compartment is zippered and quite large with several pockets and several versatile features. Inside is a roomy, almost full length, zippered pocket as well as pockets for pens, and two other open pockets. I can only imagine the medium pocket is meant for a cell phone, but it won't fit my smartphone so I use the largest open pocket. There is also a handy clip ring to hold my keys. This is a wonderful design addition as I'm always losing my keys in the bottom of my purse. And lastly, the inside compartment includes a train card holder. This is something I don't use as I'm in Southern California and driving is crucial. But for those in larger cities where public transportation is a necessity I can only imagine this being beneficial.
On the outside of the handbag there are two zippered pockets, one on each side. The front of the bag also has two open pockets for quick access. Sativa Bags also included a Sativa Key Ring that my husband is hoping I'll let him have. I won't be giving him mine, but plan to surprise him with a new Sativa Bags Hemp Wallet for Father's Day. That will give him a free re-cycled metal Indica Hemp keyring of his very own. Shhhh…. don't tell him.
At this point, the only real downside I've found to this handbag is that the Khaki has more of an olive green tint to it than a beige. Not that I really mind as it still has that neutral tone I was looking for that goes with everything.
It has replaced my other purse as my everyday bag. The durability, function, and size are perfect for my lifestyle in keeping everything safe and at hand when I need it. I can even fit a couple spare cloth diapers and wipes just in case.
The All Purpose Hemp Handbag can be purchased from Sativa Bags online at SativaBags.com for $57.33 (USD). I originally thought it was a little overpriced, but after receiving it the quality of materials and craftsmanship makes the price seem reasonable. This isn't a handbag that will need to be replaced after a few short months and I now see it as an investment. It would also make a great gift. Check out the wide selection of hemp bags, hemp clothing and more at SativaBags.com.
Handmade from a vintage French Chef Cookbook by Julia Child, this ornamental birdhouse is covered by the title page, two recipe pages, and a picture of Julia and Features the rest of the book as a roof. The finishing touch? A perch made out of a mini wooden mixing spoon. Handmade by *Dave Vissat in Pennsylvannia.
For decorative indoor use only.
*Dave Vissat is an artist who spends his days as a creative director for a Pittsburgh advertising agency. But for the last ten years, he has spent his nights creating one-of-a-kind birdhouses out of vintage books.
A Small Bag with Big Style: The Bag
Available from Passchal.
Made from store sign banners and tractor inner tubes, The BAG by Passchal offers several storage compartments to hold everything Mom will ever need. Zip and cell phone pockets add versatility and function to this stylish design of a handbag.
Say “I love you, Mom” in a way that will long be remembered. This bag contains everything the recipient needs to grow colorful zinnias right on a desktop or windowsill.
Growing the plants is easy: simply follow the included instructions, and soon your Mom will have a plant that grows right in the bag. With regular watering and occasional fertilizer (not included), it will continue to produce year ’round.
Irresistibly Gorgeous Chocolates from Hotel Chocolat
From left: Chilli & Nibs Sweethearts, Pink Champagne Truffles, Pretty in Pink Goody Bag, and Vintage Dark Chocolate Buttons. (Available from Hotel Chocolat.)
At only $28 the Every/Any clutch purse by Ecoist is colorfully functional. Made from recycled trash, candy wrappers in this purse’s case, Ecoist is diverting waste from landfills and planting a tree for every product sold. No matter what the occasion this Confetti Every/Any clutch purse is fun and will hold your most essential belongings; cell phone, keys, cash, glasses, and some make-up.
“Ecoist gives new life to worthless candy wrappers, newspapers, and plastic bag: turning trash into trendy totes, bags, purses, and jewelry.”
Magazines from local donations as well as the printer overruns, these colorful and glossy clutches keep 15,000 magazines out of the landfills every year. Each Recycled Magazine Clutch is made of about 84 pages. This clutch makes a perfect Earth friendly gift for any special lady on your list.
The classic design styling of the Hobo bag gets an Earth friendly overhaul. Available in orange or purple distressed leather and inner tube rubber, the polished Italian hardware details are a stunning torch to everyone's favorite bag.
Made from a recycled inner tube, this Earth friendly bag makes the perfect makeup kit, pencil case or travel kit. Designed for the Recycled Planet Store, by Claudia Garzesi who purposefully creates new jobs while keeping waste out of landfills. Beyond useful, this is a fantastic all-purpose green gift.