Despite the many recommendations from my friends, I haven’t yet read Eat, Pray Love — so I don’t know if Elizabeth Gilbert’s book addresses any eco-ethical concerns. However, I do know that in Eat, Pray, Love the movie — starring Julia Roberts and out in theaters this August — the star of Pretty Woman carries an eco-fashionable fair trade purse.

Hobo bag

That purse is a Hobo Bag, made from repurposed Kantha quilts and lined with vintage saris by fair trade artisans in India. The roomy tote’s available at fair trade store Seven Hopes United for $140.

fair trade Rebagz tote on UglyBetty

I don’t know of any other fair trade purses that have made it on the big screen, but another upcycled eco-ethical tote’s a favorite of a TV heroine — Ugly Betty. For a good part of a season, Betty Suarez hauled around Rebagz’ Large Tie Tote, made of reclaimed juice packs by fair trade workers in the Philippines. The Betty look can be yours for $90 at Rebagz.

Photo of Hobo Bags courtesy of Seven Hopes United; Ugly Betty screenshot courtesy of

Fair trade eco-fashion in 'Eat, Pray, Love'
Fair trade fashion hits the big screen when Julia Robert's character totes an upcycled Hobo Bag in 'Eat, Pray, Love.'