Engage(ingly) Green

I spotted Leonor Mendoza’s super-cool Engage Green bags in Grand Central at the Christmas Bazaar as I was zooming by to catch a bus to JFK airport, and I had to stop! I was so caught up in her descriptions and checking out the bags that I almost missed my ride! They first caught my eye because they are gorgeous, and second because I could tell they were made of unusual materials. My eye didn’t lie: Leonor constructs her bags variously from recycled paper and plastic, cork, organic cotton and hemp.

EG3. Green-Orange
recycled paper tote

recycled paper makeup bag

EG2. White-Red_LARGE
recycled paper purse

EG9. L Blue Messenger_FULL
recycled plastic (PET)

cork, organic cotton and hemp

cork, organic cotton and hemp

organic cotton and hemp

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.