11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

Until recently the only animal-free handbags were those made from polyurethane or other plastic materials. But there is a new breed of leather gaining steam: plant-based leather.

Animal-free leather is gaining speed; even luxury brand Hermès announced an alternative leather bag is coming.

The issues with leather go well beyond animal welfare. Leather is also extremely damaging to the environment. The demand for leather is one of the biggest drivers in deforestation in tropical forests and the tannins used to dye and treat the textile pollute waterways.

Labs across the world are hard at work developing the future of handbags with incredible innovations such as cork, cactus, apple, pineapple, and even mushroom leather.

But for today, here are our favorite brands and bags being crafted from these new textiles so your arm candy can be chic, sustainable, and cruelty-free. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

1. Brinn Bags Cash Bag

Perfectly sculpted from cactus leather and adorned with a gorgeous cow print this is Brinn’s first foray into cactus leather and we think they nailed it.  Accompanied with an edgy metal crossbody chain, the Cash Bag is here to make a statement

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

2. A.C. Official Monica Pencil Bag

Another gorgeous bag crafted from cactus leather, the Monica Pencil Bag is chic, structured and more roomy than meets the eye. The crisp white with bold detailing makes this bag perfect to pair with jeans or a cocktail dress for a go-to accessory. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

3. Ashoka Pamela Pouch

The Pamela Pouch is part of the capsule Ashoka Paris x Pamela Anderson collection. Available in four beautiful, apple skin colors with adorable Pamela-inspired lining, adorned with colorful lips. A portion of the sales from their collaborative collection will go towards the Pamela Anderson Foundation. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

4. Happy Genie Handbag

Happy Genie’s signature bag is one of a kind. The top handle bag comes in black, white and brown with interchangeable, clip-on clutches to change up the look. Carry the bag or clutch alone or join them together for a two in one, stylish handbag. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

5. Pelcor Cricket Handbag

This elegant bag from Pelcor is crafted from high-quality cork skin, finished with a sustainable wooden handle. The understated yet dapper cork showcases the beautiful of a natural fiber in an elevated way. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

6. Hozen Bucket Bag

This natural inspired bucket bag from Hozen makes us yearn for a beach trip. The body is molded from Pinatex while all their trimmings, from labels to zippers, are made from recycled materials. Their bags are crafted in small batches in an ethical factory in Los Angeles. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

7. ALLÉGORIE Gala Cruiser

Wanderlust is setting in like never before and while travel may night quite be back to normal, that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning.  This apple leather weekender bag from Allegorie is the perfect carry on for your jetsetting.

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion


8. Mashu Penelope

Architecture meets fashion to create handbag perfection in this piece from Mashu. Thoughtfully designed with cactus leather, recycled wood handle and hemp zipper pouch, it is sustainable all the way through and definitely made to make a statement. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

9. Svala Didi Clutch

Who knew cork could look so chic? This classic bag is made from biodegradable cork and lined with recycled polyester from plastic bottles. Dusted with sprinkles of gold flecks and adorned with a simple gold chain this bag is ready for a night out on the town. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion

10. Murmali Beta Bag

Another carefully crafted cork bag, the Beta Bag from Murmali, this adorable circle crossbody comes in four gorgeous colors. Handmade in Portugal and lined with linen and cotton this bag is perfect to take you from workweek to the weekend. 

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11 Sustainable, Animal-Free Leather Handbags for Every Occasion


11. JORD Haifa Crossbody

Known for designing beautiful, sustainable watches JORD recently launched a collection of cork bags to match. Another chic, simple option, the Haifa from JORD can be worn as a crossbody with the stunning gold chain or is small enough to be carried as a clutch. 

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To find out more about the rapidly growing world of alternative leathers and the sustainability aspects of them, check out our deep dive here.

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