Ashley Watson Recycled Leather Bags

Ashley Watson Junco Bags

Look at these gorgeous bags!! Ashley Watson designs them from Vancouver, Canada, where they are also produced (no sweatshop labor!). Not only are they pretty, super-soft and fairly made, Watson crafts the bags from old leather jackets (so that’s where all those 80’s style cheesy motorcycle coats went!). Not exactly vegan, but as a vegetarian who tries to avoid animal products, I wouldn’t have a problem carrying one of these. Not only are the bags each stitched by hand, but they come in the most gorgeous colors. Here’s a bag that will last for years to come; as leather wears over time it just looks cooler and cooler.

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Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.