Reusable Essentials: Here Are 5 Sustainable Tote Bags For Work

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Mar. 25 2024, Published 8:10 a.m. ET

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Chances are, if you’re a woman on the go, the tote bag has become your best friend. From morning yoga to work and beyond, this go-to accessory is required to go the long haul (while doing a little something for Mother Earth). In addition, the popular essential comes in various sizes to house your essentials for the day.

Thanks to the ever-evolving landscape of handbag design, where functionality meets sustainability, the quest for modern yet eco-conscious office accessories has become easier than ever. In need of a new tote bag? Prepare to elevate your accessories collection with five sustainable tote bags for work below.

Ubuntu Life African Baule Cloth Tote Bag

Ubuntu Life’s mission is to “make high-quality, handmade products that provide sustainable and meaningful employment” for the people of Kenya. That said, Ubuntu Life’s Cloth Tote Bag is one of the brand’s standout creations. Designed with over 10 different hand-dyed Baule Cloths from Côte d’Ivoire, this cloth tote bag adds an eclectic element to your style. Versatile in nature, this bag makes a statement on its own.

Everlane The Recycled Nylon Tote

This Everlane tote bag bridges the gap between functionality and simple styling. The accessory features a color block design, short and long handle straps, and a medium-sized body that holds all of your essentials — from work to travel. In addition, the tote is made of 100% GRS-certified recycled nylon and 100% recycled polyester. The brand continues its mission to help reduce the harmful impacts of production and improve its carbon footprint.

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D’IYANU Nabile Women’s African Print Tote Bag

African print bags will never go out of style. If you’re a fan of the tribal aesthetic with a modern touch, the D’IYANU offering will make a great addition to your accessory collection. This bold canvas offering features a tan and black tribal design, leather handles, and a roomy construction to carry your work materials.


If you have a deep affinity for sustainable products, you may be familiar with the BLK + GRN marketplace. The brand prides itself on sharing cruelty-free, plant-based, and sustainable finds made by Black artisans. Designed by Kayla Danaye Grayson, this limited edition tote bag is made of 100% organic cotton and flaunts a minimalist illustration of three women. Use this creation to carry your essentials while keeping the good of the environment in mind.

The Tote Project

The Tote Project uses its sustainable brand to call attention to global issues. The brand donates 10% of its profits to Two Wings to “support survivors and make an impact in the fight against trafficking.” The Tote Project’s handmade offerings are crafted from organic cotton in India. Customers can shop their line with various designs — from animal to floral watercolor artwork.

At one point, sustainable tote bags for work consisted of outdated fabrics and basic designs. Now, the sustainable bag construction has leveled up. There are many options available that can showcase your style and house your work essentials with ease. Do your part to protect the environment and elevate your wardrobe.

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