I've never been a fancy handbag kind of woman; practical, simple and durable are my requirements for a tote, backpack or carryall — especially if I know I'm going to be using it to haul around my laptop, books, notes, phone, extra layers and snacks (which is the minimum amount of stuff I carry). But I always look for sustainable materials, and something with a smidge of style so my bag blends in for the most part — but stands on its own too. Here are five of my most recent faves. 

recycled leather Lina Rennell giant totebag

This beautiful recycled leather Lina Rennell giant totebag is lined with a pretty organic cotton ikat print. It's hardware is recycled, it's made in Northern California, and it is big enough to fit even a large-sized laptop, files, and more. 

Alchemy Goods bag is made from recycled bicycle inner tubes

This futuristic Alchemy Goods bag is made from recycled bicycle inner tubes (so it's pretty water-resistant) and the strap is made from recycled car seatbelts. 

Baggu backpack made from sturdy, durable organic cotton duck fabric

This larger-sized version of the traditional backpack is made by Baggu from sturdy, durable organic cotton duck fabric. A classic. 

totebag by Shannon South

This beautiful totebag by Shannon South is crafted in NYC from reclaimed leather that would otherwise have been discarded. 

cork briefcase from Corkor

This gorgeous modern update on the briefcase is made from cork, which is a totally renewable material and also waterproof, fire-resistant, and easy to clean. More made-in-Portugal cork bags at Corkor

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