10 Vegan Handbags to Love

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If you love purses but don’t love leather, you don’t have to be limited in your accessory options. Here are some of my favorite vegan purse styles:

  1. Colour Block Tote from Vilma Boutique:  Vilma bags are made at a workshop in Greece with cruelty-free materials. This tote includes adorable polka-dot lining and an interior cell-phone pocket. $70.
  2. Crossbody Bag from MATT & NAT:   This vegan brand gains its inspiration from materials and nature. Available in a variety of colors, their stylish crossbody bag features lining made from recycled water bottles. $135.
  3. Kangaroo Handbag from GUNAS: This sleek, metallic tote includes an internal zipper pocket and a detachable strap. GUNAS works with small factories around the world to ensure ethical production of their bags. $165.
  4. Morning Crossbody from Angela Roi: With a zip top closure and zippered compartments on the front and back, the crossbody from Angela Roi is sure to keep your daily essentials ready. Angela Roi conducts quarterly audits of their factories around the world to ensure compliance with fair labor standards. $145.
  5. Saddle Bag from MATT & NAT:  Three interior compartments make this bag a good choice for the organized and messy among us. MATT & NAT is committed to using factories that follow the SA8000 social accountability standard. $155.
  6. Large Tote from MATT & NAT: These totes are everywhere, and now animal lovers have a non-leather alternative! Also available in brown, wine, light blue, and pink. $135.
  7. Belt Bag from Hipsters for Sisters: Apparently hip packs are back. I’m not that fashion-forward, but if you are, check out this gold-flecked version from Hipsters for Sisters. Convertible to a clutch or crossbody bag in case you chicken out. $185.
  8. Anya Crossbody from Angela Roi: Featuring a vegan suede interior, this structured crossbody is cruelty-free and sweatshop-free. Angela Roi is an official supporter of the ASPCA as part of their mission to improve conditions for animals across the United States. $155.
  9. Bucket Bag from Angela Roi: Crafted from vegan polyurethane leather, this bucket bag features a magnetic closure, tie top, and detachable zippered pouch. Round studs on the bottom of the bag keep it steady through your daily adventures. $195.
  10. Structured Tote from Angela Roi: This bag means business. Take it to the office for a professional vibe, or add the strap to go out running errands. Fabric-lined and crafted in Korea from vegan leather. $195.

Don’t forget to use code “BEYONDTHEFRIED” receive 20% off at vegan boutique Bead & Reel until March 1, 2017! Bead & Reel proudly carries products from MATT & NAT, Angela Roi, GUNAS, and more.

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It’s Time to Move On

I’m so sad about the Gulf Coast right now.

Throughout much of my childhood my family made yearly trips to beaches along the Alabama and Florida coasts, and it tears at my heart to hear that globs of oil are now washing up on those same beaches. At the time, I took those seaside excursions for granted, but now I am realizing how much they meant to me. I can’t imagine the heartache experienced by my friends who grew up along those shores.

I’ve mostly been avoiding news coverage about the oil spill, preferring to remain in a state of denial about the scope of this thing. All those dying animals, the lost jobs, the marred water….not to mention the human lives lost in the initial explosion….it’s just too much to take in.

Today I did succumb to looking at the pictures of oil-covered pelicans (warning: not for the tender-hearted). I was grousing to Paul about BP and their evil-ness, and he remarked that he is surprised at all the blame levelled strictly at BP. Why are we boycotting BP stations when this spill could have happened to any of the companies? I mean, yes, BP is handling this terribly as far as I can tell, but need we look at them alone?

Paul’s point was that a disaster of this magnitude might cause us to reflect again on our oil dependence and seek ways to free ourselves from it. Instead of boycotting BP stations (and the hard-working, independent owners who run them), why are we not encouraging each other to drive less? Yes, we can send a message to BP, but what about sending a message to the oil industry — hey, to the whole country — that it is time to move ahead. It’s time to move to a different type of energy.

Now I don’t mean to demonize the oil industry here. I have family members who have worked hard for oil companies for decades, and I appreciate the contributions that oil has made to our society and economy. Like it or not, big oil has made the U.S. a prosperous nation. But it’s time to move on.

For our part, Paul and I have started discussing whether we want to convert our diesel cars into “greasel” (able to run on peanut/soybean/canola oil). We’re also talking about buying an alternatively-powered car like a Nissan Leaf for our next vehicle (whenever we can save up for one — um, 10 years?). No, it’s not a perfect solution – for one thing, to be oil-independent we would need to make sure the electricty powering the car was generated by wind power or some other clean happiness. But this is a step we can take to start moving in a better direction for the future.

One of my strongest feelings about this disaster is powerlessness. Honestly, that’s what most of my anger boils down to. Sure, it seems like BP has been twiddling their thumbs and pointing fingers and in general being useless. I think they should be working day and night to find a solution to this while also cleaning the water and rescuing the critters trapped in this mess. (I’m pretty sure the guys who saved Apollo 13 would have solved this by now.) But for all I know, BP could be doing all of those things and just have an ineffective PR department to tell us about them. I don’t know.

So for my part, I can pray for the beautiful Gulf Coast, support the groups taking action to help, and look for ways to reduce my own dependence on oil. I don’t want this to happen again. I sure hope that one day soon I can head to Gulf Shores and take Paul and Ian on one of those dolphin-sighting cruises that I loved so much as a child. But the odds aren’t looking good.

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