The awareness of our social responsibility to reduce, reuse and recycle is becoming more pervasive in our society. People are striving to make better choices for our environment, and our purchasing decisions play a huge factor in our care for our planet. By making eco-friendly purchasing decisions, we can minimize the negative impact of consumer product manufacturing on our environment – and on our health.

In many areas of our lives, it’s easy to make green purchasing decisions. Choosing natural beauty products, non-toxic cleaners and reusable household items has become easy. However, finding eco-friendly fashion is not as easy – and it can be costly as well.

Maggie Bags
Maggie Bags helps divert millions of yards of seat belt strapping from landfills annually. Image courtesy of Maggie Bags.

One company has dedicated itself to making eco-conscious, fashionable handbags accessible – Maggie Bags.

Maggie Bags lives by the belief that the greenest choice around is to use things that aren’t being used to create something new. Maggie Bags’ material of choice is recycled seat belt webbing.

Did you know that millions of yards of seat belt webbing are rejected by auto makers every year? This is because seat belts are required to meet very strict standards so we can be assured they will protect us in our cars. All of this rejected material would end up in landfills if another use wasn’t found for it.

Rather than seeing our landfills grow unnecessarily, Maggie Bags is giving this discarded material a new life in the form of eco-conscious hand bags. The rest of the components of the handbags are not recycled, but they are high quality pieces.

In addition to using the recycled materials, Maggie Bags uses an eco-friendly manufacturing process. Many of the handbags from Maggie Bags are assembled at a Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) Certified factory. Making the handbags is a simple cut-and-sew process too. No fancy processes means less impact on our environment from manufacturing.

Maggie Bags come in a wide variety of styles. You’ll find everything from large totes to messenger bags to laptop bags to backpacks and even wallets.

Next time you’re shopping for a new bag, consider our environment when making your purchase. Choose a brand that supports eco-friendly manufacturing and the use of recycled materials like Maggie Bags.

By Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering, founder of Green Moms Media and essential oil fanatic, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former corporate marketing communication manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life.