Hermit Tote | TaupeCruelty-Free Ethically Made Vegan Up-cycled / Recycled
Inspired by classic structured silhouettes, the Taupe Hermit Tote by GUNAS New York is a real power bag for the bold and confident woman.
Made from 100% vegan textured eco polyurethane with a recycled plastic bottle lining and recycled metal hardware, the bag features an internal zipper pocket, zipper divider pocket and adjustable shoulder strap.
35.6cm W x 17.2cm D x 25.4cm H
GUNAS is a PETA-approved vegan brand. This bag was ethically made in South Korea, 100% sweatshop free.
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- This item is in the Free shipping group.
- Typically ships within 2 business days if in stock in our Sydney warehouse
- If not in stock locally, will be ordered from the US and will typically ship within 3 - 6 business days
- Sale items can be returned within 30 days of purchase for store credit only
- To be accepted for return the item must be unworn / unused, unmarked, unwashed and in its original packaging with all tags attached (i.e. in re-saleable condition)
- 100% eco-polyurethane (PU) vegan leather
- Recycled plastic bottle lining
- Recycled metal hardware with 18K gold plating
Two primary things make accessories vegan: (1) they contain no leather or other skins, and (2) they are not made using any animal-based glue.
Various terms are used to describe the materials used for vegan bags, belts, etc. These include vegan leather/suede, faux leather/suede, and micro-leather/micro-suede These materials are typically made from man-made microfibre.
While historically non-leather alternatives have received a bad rap for their toxicity and poor quality, among other things, modern production techniques mean that today's materials are far less environmentally damaging and of much higher quality. Polyurethane (PU) is commonly used, rather than the more toxic PVC, and many microfibres are produced using at least some portion of recycled materials. Furthermore, the newest forms use a water-based method to apply the PU to the fabric, rather than the highly toxic solvents that were traditionally used.
Microfibre fabric is lightweight, durable, and somewhat water repellant, so it makes a good substitute for leather. Microfibre is also made into Ultrasuede, which is cheaper and easier to clean and sew than natural suede leather.
Although there are some environmental concerns about microfibres entering the oceanic food chain via washing, this is not an issue with footwear and accessories, as these items are not washed.
All of Ecoture's carefully-selected vegan accessories are made from the highest-quality faux leathers and faux suedes. Our partner brands are focused not only on the vegan and cruelty-free aspects of their products, but also on their ethical and sustainability impacts.
More information on the materials, ethics and sustainability of the footwear industry can be found in our blog post, Is there something wrong with your shoes?
This product is Cruelty-Free, Ethically Made, Up-cycled / Recycled, and Vegan.