A few weeks ago, I received an email from a reader who is starting to think about the impact of her purchases and was looking for pointers on where to start. I’m going to write a longer post on this soon, but my short advice..?

Start where you are.

Whatever you need to buy next – a new dress, new jeans, new underwear – search for an ethical alternative. For my reader, she needs a new bag – a black bag or a compact backpack, to be specific. So I thought I would #MAKETHISFAIRTRADE and offer up some options for a great, classic black bag and a couple of fun backpacks.

Ethical classic black bags

1. Aure Que Square Leather Handbag from Fashion-Conscience for £77.50GBP/ 2. Nisolo Lori Tote Slate Grey for $158.00USD / 3. Everlane ‘The Magazine’ for $325.00USD / 4. Sseko Black Suede Bucket Bag for $87.99USD / 5. Everlane ‘The Twill Snap’ Backpack for $65.00USD/ 6. Stone + Cloth Nautical Stripe Lucas Backback from Zady for $74.00USD


1. Aure Que Square Leather Handbag from Fashion-Conscience for £77.50GBP (on sale from £155.00GBP)

This medium-size bag is a great shape – casual, but still with enough structure to rock at work.

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Nepal (using leather that is a by-product of the Nepalese food industry)

2. Nisolo Lori Tote Slate Grey for $158.00USD

Not quite black, but I included this slate grey tote because I love it’s size and shape and, well, I love Nisolo.

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Peru

3. Everlane ‘The Magazine’ for $325.00USD

It’s at the higher end of the price spectrum, but this Everlane classic black tote will last years and will never go out of style.

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Italy

4. Sseko Black Suede Bucket Bag for $87.99USD (on sale from $109.99)

It made me so excited when Sseko launched their latest line of new shoes and accessories. This is one of many beautiful bags available.

Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Ethiopia

5. Everlane ‘The Twill Snap’ Backpack for $65.00USD

This backpack is available in several different colours.

Everlane is one of the most transparent in the business in terms of where their products are made. I would love them to challenge themselves and go even one step further and start talking about the origins of their materials (where is this cotton from?)

Ethical credentials: Made with transparency in China

6. Stone + Cloth Nautical Stripe Lucas Backback from Zady for $74.00USD

I love this compact backpack and the story behind it.

Ethical credentials: Handmade in the USA, proceeds benefit scholarship funds for Tanzanian schoolchildren

Will you start were you are? What do you need to buy next?

Yours Fairly,



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