Bags Totes

Brave Brown Bag

It looks like an ordinary paper bag, right? But it’s not; it’s weatherproof cotton. Better make sure your friends and family know to keep it away from the recycling pile.

Each carryall is hand-constructed in Canada from 100% cotton which has been treated with a special oil and wax glaze, making it weatherproof for everyday carrying. The Brave Brown Bag is lightweight, looks and folds like its classic paper ancestor, but has remarkable strength.

Designer: Charlotte McKeough, 1996
Materials: Waxed Cotton, Mylar, Kevlar; 12″x15″x7″

(Member Price: $135.00) $150.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy Brave Brown Bag here

Pantone Bags

For you Pantone crazies (that’s said in a loving way) here’s some bags that you just might have to have.

Pantone Messenger Bag, $88.00, Buy it here.
Pantone Book Bag, $44.99, Buy it here.
Also not shown: Pantone Big Wallet ($39.99) and Pantone Passport Holder ($23.99).

More information:

View Pantone Bags here

Map Totes

There are oh-so-many of these totes to choose from…trust me, it’s hard to pick just one. I think they would make great gifts for friends too.

Shown above (not in scale):
Hobos Tote (San Francisco & Boston), $20.00
Natural Grocery Tote (Tokyo & Seattle), $15.00
Everyday Tote (Manhattan & Paris), $20.00
Beach Tote (not shown), $40.00

Made in the U.S.A.

Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00 - 40.00
Availability: Buy Map Totes here

MyPaperBag (Leather)

Hmm…a leather bag masquerading as a paper bag. Interesting.

‘My Paper Bag’ was designed by Ramon Middelkoop of Rotterdam. It is made from 100% leather, is vegetable tanned and produced by the Fair Trade Certified Crafts Resource Center in Calcutta.
The bag is a Cradle 2 Cradle (C2C) certified product, meaning if you don’t want ‘My Paper Bag’ anymore, you can return it and receive 10% off the purchase of another product when purchasing from the site. This is an act of sustainability, so that all raw materials are re-used and put to good use. All C2C products are Fair Trade certified and ecological. (quote from trendhunter.com)

€ 64.95, Buy it here.

[via notcot.org]

Purchase Information:

Price: &euro64.95
Availability: Buy MyPaperBag (Leather) here

Matt & Nat Bags

Yes, it’s true. Lo and behold, these bags are vegan. No leather was used in these products and they’re stylish. Excellent.

It started with a challenge, almost 2 decades ago, to forego animal products for thirty days. Unbeknownst at the time, a chain of events was set off culminating in the founding of MATT & NAT: a collection of design-centric, fashion-forward accessories that is also vegan…Spring 08 saw the launch of a nylon collection made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. For Fall 08, the recycled plastic bottles have been converted into felt.

100% vegan

bags start around $300 and smaller items like wallets are around $80. Buy it here.

More information:

View Matt & Nat Bags here

Newspaper Bags, Totes, Wallets

Maybe if we all buy a whole bunch of these totes and wallets it’ll save the newspapers from going out of business. Or, (!) maybe newspapers should print the news directly on totes! (If you work for a newspaper, take note of this brilliant business strategy.)

Recycled Newspaper Market Bag (shown upper left, lower right), $52.00, Buy it here.
Obama Newspaper Tote, $64.00,
Buy it here.
Recycled Newspaper Bi Fold Wallets, $30.00, Buy it here.

18L Gold and Banner Street Bag

Check out these super cool tote bags from MoMA Store.

18L Gold Bag, $16.00 ($12.80 Members), Buy it here.

An alternative to using plastic bags, this gold-colored tote bag is easy to fold and carry around. The 18L graphic symbolizes 18 liters, the volume of the bag. Made of polyester.

Street Banner Bag, $6.00 ($4.80 Members), Buy it here.

Made entirely of materials gathered from collecting used street banners in Korea, these stylish bags are ideal for carrying groceries and other items. When not in use, they can be folded up easily and carried in a bag or pocket. Because every bag is made from cleaned, recycled materials, each one is unique.

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Kanazu Sen-i’s Totes

If the vast array of normal totes are boring you, take a look at these alternatives by Kanazu Sen-i.

Kanazu Sen-i’s environmentally friendly bags are made using mostly plant- origin materials, which are 100%, biodegradable and do not produce hazardous gases when burned.
Materials include a base fabric of polylactic corn fibers, natural cotton threads and buttons made of biodegradable plastic. The fibers are pleated or scrunched to give elasticity, allowing the bags to be folded for easy storage.

Tate Pleats Tote, $50.00, Buy it here.
Kusha Tote, $50.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy Kanazu Sen-i’s Totes here

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Flag Bag

Talk about a versatile bag, this will extend when you need to carry more and fold over when you carry less.

Flag’ is a full-leather collapsible utility bag assembled from two flat panels and features a large internal cell with a smaller secondary pocket. ‘Flag’ may be worn off the shoulder or across the body, fully extended for maximum internal space, or folded in half for maximum portability.

Finest quality, genuine 1st grade New Zealand leather
nickel, stainless steel hardware
Handcrafted in Australia
14″ x 16″ extended
14″ x 8″ folded

$195.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Leather Tool Bag

This tool bag puts plastic boxes to shame, though I’d say this bag is probably best for larger tools rather than smaller items.

The tanned Leather Tool Bag is skillfully stitched and riveted to assure many years of rugged service. An American original, Klein Tools brings six generations of expertise to this sturdy Bag, which features reinforced ends and a double-ply base protected by steel studs. The rolled loop handles are triple-riveted to the sides of the Tool Bag for extra strength. From garden tools to power tools, this tote will keep things contained.

H 7″ W 15″ D 6.5″

$200.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Shinbun Tote Bags

A very inexpensive tote for your toting needs….

Japanese newspaper (shinbun) expertly folded and glued by hand in Towa Village by farmer’s wives. For the environmentally conscience.

$12.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Shinbun Tote Bags here

Billboard Bag and Paperbag

It seems like there’s been a lot of items made from old or unused billboards recently…and that’s (of course) excellent.

Giant Recycled Billboard Bag (left), $60.00, Buy it here.

Handmade from recycled billboards this roomy tote is great for everything from laundry to storage, toys to groceries. Zipper closure and extra wide carrying straps to help make carrying large loads easier. Due to the recycled nature of this product, each bag will vary. 26″ L x 26″ W

Medium Paperbag (right), $20.00, Buy it here.

Paperbags are made of unused billboard posters that have been sewn together. Every time it is a surprise to see what design there is on the bag. The Paperbag can be assembled easily by unfolding the flat package by following the included instructions. 16″ H x 10″dia.

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00
Availability: Buy Billboard Bag and Paperbag here

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Alphabet Bags

You can’t go wrong with a one letter tote bag.

Each heavy weight cotton tote bag measures 16.5 by 14 inches and has been lovingly screen printed and stitched in the UK. Our bags have mid-length straps which are ideal for being carried by hand or over the shoulder!

£10,Buy it here.

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Price: £10
Availability: Buy Alphabet Bags here

Thomas Paul Tree Tote

If you’re going to have a tote, you might as well make it a graphic black and white one with green handles.

Inspired by nature, tradition and the outdoors, each tote is sure to get you noticed. Fill one with groceries, your everyday essentials or both! Hand screened 100% cotton.

14 W x 16 H

$36.00,
Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Availability: Buy Thomas Paul Tree Tote here

Garcon Trolley

Whether you might make use of one for groceries or miscellany, goodness knows a trolley is more efficient than making multiple trips back and forth, or up and down, if stairs are involved…this one is not only foldable (as all trolleys should be) but also exceedingly presentable (which should not be surprising, considering the price).

“The Garçon is a stylish and modern folding shopping trolley constructed of sturdy anodized aluminum with a waterproof nylon bag to store your goods. Rain or shine, shop or launder your clothes in style with your Garçon!”

Material: Frame is made of anodized aluminum, Bag is made of black waterproof nylon fabric

Dimensions unfolded: 38.6″ H x 15.4″ W x 14.6″ L
Dimensions folded: 22.8″ H x 15.4″ W x 9.1″ L

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Availability: Buy Garcon Trolley here