Looking for the perfect bag for spring? Look no further than the ubiquitous tote, aka the quintessential comfort accessory. It carries all of your baggage (literal and emotional) in a delightful Mary Poppins-esque way—a veritable treasure trove of delights that can be chucked in at any time without the bulging-at-the-seams bloat your other bags experience when you try cramming your life into them.
What's more, the tote bag can be a potent status symbol, an emblem for saving the planet if you will, one small step at time. These seven new iterations have no need for bells and whistles—they're roomy yet classic, come in neutrals or bright pops of color, and evoke luxurious understatement in a refreshingly functional way. In short, they're downright virtuous...
“Baggu” means bag in Japanese, which makes sense, as its founders are one quarter Japanese. Emily Sugihara started the company with her mom, Joan, in 2007, wanting to make reusable shopping bags. The original shapes are modeled after the iconic plastic grocery bag, and in one year, a Baggu can replace the use of 300 to 700 disposable bags! Smart, simple, and environmentally conscious. Baggu Duck Bag ($30)
Worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, which equates to 2 million each minute. GASP. And whether you wad them up in a drawer or use them to pick up after your dog, those will be headed for a landfill eventually. You know we love a healthy fruit cocktail here at mbg, and have been going bananas (and apples, and oranges, and grapes) for these tutti-frutti beauties! LA Pop Design Expandable Set Of Five Totes ($14.89)
Alicia San Marcos
Proceeds from each of Alicia San Marcos' ethically made accessories goes toward buying school supplies for children in Guatemala. What's more, each bag is handcrafted and ethically made using Mayan traditions, so local artisans can evolve their weaving crafts but preserve the soul of their long-held traditions. Alicia San Marcos Machaquilla Weekend Tote ($235)
Each Kate Spade tote feels one-of-a-kind and handmade, and comes with all the functionality for fast-paced city living. How else are you going to fit your reading materials, your phone, your snacks, and your makeup into a bag? This whimsical tote is big enough to pack all of your essentials plus a spare tire (kidding, kind of). Kate Spade New York Reusable Tote ($16)
Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED Projects back in 2006 with one mission: "Create Good Products That Help FEED the World." To date, the charity has provided over 60 million school meals to children in 62 countries through the UN World Food Program and is the perfect carry-everything-bag for those of you who like to do a little do-gooding with your accessories. Feed Voyager Tote ($29)
Raffia bags scream good vibes and sunshine, and you don't have to wait until summer to carry one. Buji Baja's draw on their nomadic travel experiences and between their subtle stripes and natural weaves, you'll be inspired to dress for la vie boheme. Wear now, because sometimes it's good to be a total basket case. Buji Baja Patterned Raffia Tote ( $128)
Activist and actress Sophia Bush is an ambassador for Sseko, the purveyor of beautiful bags that support communities and economies in Africa. Employing women in Uganda and East Africa to handcraft beautiful pieces, in turn, provides jobs and scholarships to help these craftswomen break the cycle of poverty—a simple reminder of what we can all do to make a real difference. Sseko Painterly fabric Market Tote ($39.99)