Sustainable Fashion

8 Oversize Tote Bags To Make Shopping Chicer, Easier, and Greener

Kara Jillian Brown

Photo: Malibu Skye
I love carrying an oversize tote bag. But for the most part it's empty. All I really need when I go out is my phone, wallet, keys, and hand sanitizer. But on the off chance I decide to buy something while I'm out, the last thing I want to be doing is carrying multiple bags around New York City. Instead, I just chuck my purchases into my tote and my hands remain free.

Always wearing a big tote bag also means I'm cutting down on waste because I don't have to get a bag every time I purchase something. In 2018, 8,400,000,000 pounds of plastic bags, sacks, and wraps were produced in the U.S. while 2,180,000,000 pounds of paper bags were produced, reports the Environmental Protection Agency. While reducing your personal plastic bag usage won't save the world, it is a step in the right direction

Below, you'll find 8 oversize tote bags that will make your shopping trips cuter and more environmentally friendly.

8 oversize tote bags

1. TopShop Double Pocket Faux Leather Hobo

Wear this smooth faux leather oversized bag tight over your shoulder with the carry handle or use it as a crossbody bag. It ties closed so you don't have to worry about items falling out. It's also complete with exterior slip pockets for items you need easy access to and an interior divider so things don't get too hectic on the inside.

2. Malibu Skye Large Faux Leather Tote

Choose between cognac and buff for this large faux leather tote. Structural top handles make it easy to carry this bag in hand while a strap long gives you the option to throw it over your shoulder. A magnet keeps the bag closed while two interior pockets allow you to keep the essentials from getting mixed in with everything else you're carrying. A flat bottom complete with brass-finished feet gives the bag structure.

3. Madewell The Carryall Tote

Slouchy but structured, this rugged leather tote is roomy enough to carry everything you need. When you need extra space, it has expandable side gussets to accommodate larger items. The unlined bag is complete with a top magnetic closure and an interior zip pocket.

4. Kurt Geiger London Violet Leather Tote

Available in black, gunmetal, tan, medium purple, and dark grey, this bag is a great everyday tote. Made from Italian-crafted, pebbled-leather with a soft suede interior, this bag is stylish inside and out. An interior zip pocket helps you keep the small things organized.

5. Mali + Lili Melissa Reversible Vegan Leather Tote

Because this bag is reversible, you can make it work with any look. Both made from PETA-certified vegan leather, one side is white and the other is black. Carry it with the large handles or introduce a pop of color with the red-white-and-blue striped crossbody strap.

6. Indego Africa Orange Handle Cowrie Bolga Tote

Skillfully crafted by a female artisan in Ghana, this tote from Indego Africa is perfect as we head into warmer months. The handle is hand-loomed with orange and pink thread to add a pop of color to the natural tones of the bag's elephant grass structure.

7. Puebco White & Blue Market Tote Bag

For a canvas bag with some structure, turn to this massive tote from Puebco. Made of cotton and nylon, this bag is amazing for lugging items around.

8. Dagne Dover Signature Classic Coated Canvas Tote

Made from coated canvas, this Dagne Dover will get you through your day. Equipped with a padded laptop sleeve that fits up to a 13" laptop, a water-bottle holder, and plenty of pockets, you'll have a spot to fit whatever you need. There's also a detachable key leash to keep them from getting lost in the bottom of your bag.

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