Echoes in the Attic Reusable Tote Bags & Purses

Globalization has led to homogenization: Everything looks like everything else…boring.

Mag bag Not so when it comes to Echoes in the Attic reusable tote bags and purses. These one-of-a-kind designs are created purse by purse from exquisite reclaimed fabrics – and at an affordable price, too. Environmental chic? If this is what it looks like, I’m in.

What is it? The unique purses and tote bags are made by hand in Canada of fabrics leftover from manufacturing and designer samples. The materials – recycled from upscale companies like Robert Allen Fabrics and Ethan Allen Furniture – are so high end it’s hard to imagine that they were once destined for the landfill. The product line includes “hipster” purses big enough for keys, cosmetics, a wallet and a brush; plus diaper, beach, and tote bags when you need to carry more stuff.

Echoes attic What I like: What immediately jumped out at me was the quality of the “hipster” bag I received as a review sample. Even though the purse is made from “vegan” leather, it feels luxurious. And, at $39, I love the price. That the bags are made using materials that otherwise would be thrown away is another environmental plus. It was packaged simply in one sheet of tissue paper that can be recycled and mailed in a regular envelope.

What could be improved? The Echoes website is a bit challenging to navigate, making it clumsy to move from the product pages to the online store and back again. Also, in-store distribution right now is limited to Canada, though the bags can easily be bought online. Let’s hope some smart retailers in the U.S. discover Echoes and stock up their shelves. Also, I’d like more information about the company’s own business practices. How many bags is it producing every year – and how much waste is it diverting from the trash bin as a result? Does Echoes power its production facilities with wind or solar? How does it recycle its own leftovers, if at all? It’s terrific that the company is based in North America; does it support any charities, especially in its own community? What motivated the company’s two women owners to get their business off the ground?

Product comparison: Echoes in the Attic joins this inspiring group of bag manufacturers who are producing their wares with the environment in mind. You can now buy a bag made from organic, recycled and reclaimed fibers to meet any need. I can imagine using the Echoes “hipster” as easily for a night out on the town as for a quick trip to my food co-op.

Price: Given the quality of the bags and the environmental value they deliver, their $39- $85 price range – seems more than reasonable.

How many purses: Three. Echoes in the attic transforms trash into treasure, and consumers and the environment are the better for it.

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4 Responses to Echoes in the Attic Reusable Tote Bags & Purses

  1. Kye Swenson July 7, 2009 at 8:36 am #

    These bags are truly high end — they are fashionable and look very durable. I’ve even seen eco-friendly tote bags now being made out of almost 100% jute (a natural vegetable fiber). I love it!

  2. Pauline June 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Where can we get more details and where could we purchase one of these purses?
    Thank you.

  3. Barbara June 14, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    Just heard about these purses on “Canada AM.” Where can I order one??

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