When supermarkets stopped handing out free single-use plastic bags in 2015, there was a sea change in the way we shop. Suddenly everyone kept a few cotton tote bags in their backpack for their weekly department stores.
Admittedly, there has been speculation over the years as to whether tote bags are Actually which respects the environment. A 2018 study by the Ministry of Environment and Food in Denmark stated: “In particular, conventional cotton bags should be reused at least 50 times before being thrown away; organic cotton bags should be reused 150 times based on their environmental production cost.
So it’s worth noting that you should probably only invest in one of these bags if, like us, you’ll be using them until they’re decades old, shredded into multiple pieces, and start to grow some kind of fungus odd.
If you decide a tote bag is for you, we’ve selected some of our favorite wildlife-inspired eco-friendly tote bags on the market, almost all of which have been created with renewable energy and cause far less damage. damage to the planet. than other totes.
The best tote bags with animal prints
Personalized baby sloth tote bag
If your whole family decided they all wanted a sloth tote bag – and why wouldn’t they? ! – you might need a bit of customization to tell them apart. Luckily, this tote from HippoWarehouse does just that. Plus, there are 18 different colors to choose from – from classic red and burgundy, cornflower blue and surf blue, to bottle green, kiwi and mint. It’s made from 100% ethically sourced cotton, with a drawstring closure. What more could you wish for? Well, if you want to take the personalized sloth theme further, there are also matching kids hoodies (in five sizes and eight colors), kids’ t-shirts (in five sizes and ten colors) , baby bodysuits (in seven sizes and one color) and badges (in two sizes and one color) also available!
Swift tote bag
This chic cream tote features a watercolor-style print of two swifts by artist Penny Smallshire and is made from 100% organically grown and fair trade cotton. Plus, any bird lover will be delighted to know that 10% of the sale of this item is donated to the RSPB, so you can celebrate birdlife in so many ways! 10% of sales of other Gift Wild bags are also donated to charity – a dragonfly bag to the British Dragonfly Society, a kingfisher bag to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and a red admiral butterfly bag to Butterfly Conservation.
Blue tit tote bag
This RSPB tote bag uses renewable energy throughout its production process and supply chain, so you can rest easy knowing you’re not harming the birds you’re trying to celebrate. If you wanted to complete the look, the RSPB also sell matching blue tit t-shirts in different shapes and sizes. Other RSPB tote bags feature puffins, swifts, goldfinches and more.
otter tote bag
This otter design melted our hearts, and we’re sure it will do the same to you. Printed in the UK on 100% organic cotton in a factory powered by renewable energy, this bag is both eco-friendly. and adorable. It is available in natural and white. Other models include a badger, viper, beetle and pine marten.
Bee Heart Tote Bag
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has introduced a new range of ‘Bee the Change’ models, benefiting its ongoing projects to save the UK’s bumblebee species. This monochrome tote is made from organic cotton and is only available in black. Other tote bags in the line include a bumblebee on lavender, “I Love Bumblebees” and a geometric bumblebee.
jumping spider tote bag
Want to send a message to fellow commuters as you head to work? This is the tote for you and it’s available in natural and white. If you want a complete “Save the Distinguished Jumping Spider” outfit, there are also t-shirts, sweaters, and hoodies. You will be the talk of the town. Other Buglife tote bags include “Bees Need Friends”, beetles and bugs.
purple loosestrife tote
Designed on the Isle of Wight and made in India, this Plantlife tote features blooming purple loosestrife and is available in three different background colours: white, cream or black. Perfect for carrying your trowel and gloves to the housing estate. Other patterns include fruiting hawthorn and spindle, as well as stinking hellebore and marsh marigold.
Tiger tote bag
This might just be our favorite tote bag of the bunch. Designed to celebrate World Tiger Day, this tote features a great graphic design that will be spotted by your friends from miles away! To help eliminate mass production, WWF prints and handcrafts these bags to order so there is no waste.
peacock butterfly tote bag
The peacock butterfly is one of the most easily recognizable butterfly species – and it’s sure to help you stand out from the crowd with this tote bag, and if you like the design there are also t-shirts, sweatshirts hoodie and matching sweaters. Like many other bags, it’s printed on organic cotton in a factory powered by renewable energy sources. Other moths appearing on Butterfly Conservation tote bags include the elephant hawk-moth, comma butterfly, and six-spotted burnet butterfly.
dragonfly tote bag
The glitter effect dragonfly pattern makes this bag the perfect chic companion for a day at the beach. Put on your bathing suit and sunscreen and head out to sea. It also has a zipper so nothing slips off the top. Plus, there are loads of other designs to choose from, whether you’re looking for a pair of mesmerizing stingrays, a bamboo panda, a pair of sleek wolves howling at the moon, busy scurrying ladybugs, or a silver jellyfish. fascinating. drifting on an ocean current.