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10 eco-responsible trendy bags that we will keep for life!

We just love bags. There you have it.

A bag is more than an accessory, it holds a part of our “life”.  We adapt it to our style and mood of the day. Today at VEPSI, we have decided to share with you 10 essential bags, all eco-friendly, that you can shop right now on our shop.

1. Rattan bags
(for a Jane Birkin look)



It’s a must-have. Yes, even the purists-minimalist will agree that a rattan bag is really one of those pieces you need to have in your wardrobe. The Merapi rattan bag can be worn daily, it brings a little vintage touch to your outfit and goes well with casual looks while being feminine and chic.

We love wearing it on our Sunday trips.




2. Shoulder bags
(for the evenings)

Convenient and glamorous

This 100% vegan bag adds a glamorous touch to your evening outfit. Small, it is very handy for evenings. The dance floor is all yours with this little bag that will complete your look.  Pick this Monarch golden bag for more extravagance! Whether you are vegan or not, love, at first sight, is guaranteed.




Convenient and ethnic chic

Do you prefer ethnic and exotic bags to anything that shines? Don’t worry, we have what you need on VEPSI. In an eco-responsible version of course. This mini yellow shoulder bag… A bag made in a small atelier in Marrakech.

3.  Boho crochet bags
(for boho girls)



Ethnic cool and a little boho – the crochet bags made in Colombia shade the rest of the outfit, which is good news: no need to worry about your look, this bag takes care of everything! A real alternative to not-so-eco-responsible brands, we love Mo’chillin bags. These bags are modern, graphic and original, they will be the highlight of your outfit. 

Impact guaranteed!



4. The backpacks
(for convenience and comfort)

Do you remember your old backpacks?  How practical it was to carry everything you needed?  To sustainable backpacks for all tastes, we say yes. At VEPSI, we found some backpack gems. 



Elegant and Parisian chic

A backpack as chic as a handbag is possible. Embrace backpacks are made by hand #MadeInFrance and are available in 3 colours.





City working girl

The “Lou” backpack: in addition to its perfect leather quality, it is ideal and resistant for everyday use.




The Sycamore, eco-friendly and vegan, is made of 100% recycled materials. Practical and lightweight for everyday use.

And of course, to satisfy everyone, you can choose the Miley backpack, vegan, the perfect combination of style and comfort.



5. The luxury handbag
(for the eco-princesses)

Luxury made in France and eco-responsible, a real alternative to Celine and Chloé bags, thanks to their exceptional design, quality materials (leather, wood, piñatex), and a wide colors range available.
(above the LOV Camel bag and below the Woody and Woody Charcoal bags)  

6. The diaper bag
(for parents who kick ass)


As a parent, you have the right to be supplied with a handy and stylish bag in any circumstance.

The perfect baby diaper bag for all parents looking for environmentally friendly products: the “Darcy” baby diaper bag. It has all the qualities: it is made from recycled and zero waste products, by a company that promotes upcycling and gender equality.

And yes dads, this message is also for you!


7.  The handbag
(for the working girl)





We love it especially for its classic, functional and timeless design. Ideal for the chic working girl, in the Aricia Black bag you can put everything in it even your laptop and above all it is vegan!


8. The clutch
(for a light weight night out)



The must-have accessory for evenings and celebrations to go out in a lightweight atmosphere: the clutch. VEPSI offers you a varied choice of clutch bags made from silk scraps. There is a variety for all tastes.

Sustainable and graphic!

9. The bucket bag
(for the trendy girls)




No need to go to Lancel to get a beautiful bucket bag. It can be worn both on the shoulder and cross-side, this bag brings joy to your outfit. The Kari is a 100% vegan bag made from apple skin leather, a true innovation! 


10.  The “belt” bag
(for lovers of the “cool look”)




This JORID hip bag is available on VEPSI in several equally beautiful colours. It’s an original and eye-catching piece that everyone will envy! A vegan bag made of apple skin leather. 

Trendy and environmentally friendly, everything we love! The alternatives exist and VEPSI helps you find them.






The best address to #ActLikeAHero is vepsi.shop 

Meet #teamVEPSI – Rhumaa

sustainability, prints and minimalism in the name of fashion for men and women

Meet Rhumaa, the sustainable minimalist yet colourful brand from the Netherlands. Using materials such as lyocell or cupro, the brand offers apparel for women and men with prints drawn by African artists. Every collection involves the work of a new artist and is vegan, fair and zero waste.

What are the concept and commitments of Rhumaa?

We have a real passion for sustainable fashion, impactful art and making an honest difference! Our collections are timeless and sophisticated with modern, soft tailoring and an inspirational art print. Every collection unveils a unique and powerful story; expressed through print, design, colour, details, and high-quality sustainable fabrics. No stone unturned!
We are focused on building up products of purpose and making tracks to a more sustainable future. We realise a journey takes time and most of our big ideas need to start with small beginnings, but we are on our way and continue to build onto our green goals every day.
On our path, we share impact art stories from sustainable art communities and donate into the Rhumaa Foundation where we support sustainable programs and projects in South Africa. Our clothes are made in fair conditions by communities and people who have a love for nature and the environment like us.
We build onto our sustainable fabric library every collection and look at building new ideas to create circular practices as a whole. We recycle fabrics, look for ways to reduce waste and repurpose where we can. Little by little, we head towards a greener future and we’re thrilled to be doing our bit.
Above all, we want our customers to feel incredible in our clothes, not just when or how they choose to wear them but also why they choose to wear them.
We support sustainable communities, collaborations and work with like-minded suppliers – all with a need to steer change in fashion and the environment as a whole.

Rhumaa is perfect for shoppers looking for…..?

Minimalistic, high-quality and sustainable womenswear and menswear fashion.

Which item in your collection best represents your brand?

Our suits are signature to our brand. They represent art stories shared by our collaborating artists and our timeless, quality, sophisticated styles best.

In another life you could have been….

A nature photographer and conservationist.

Any last words for the #VEPSIfamily?

We believe everyone has a voice and together, we can be heard and make a difference. Sharing stories can change the world and we see that every time someone buys a Rhumaa item. It’s a beautiful thing.


Shop Rhumaa on VEPSI marketplace

Swimwear trend 2019

– ethical and sustainable fashion is coming to the beaches ! –

The sun, the heat, the fine sand, can you see yourself there? We can! What we also see are many, many pretty sustainable swimsuits. Because we all have different bodies and styles, VEPSI has selected for you a wide selection of sustainable swimwear and beach accessories for men and women. It’s up to you to choose your essentials to “slay” – be on top – this summer. And that’s not all: Since each of these ethical brands stands for values and a very concrete commitment, you will not only buy a swimsuit but also a great story!


Baiia is a sustainable swimsuit brand founded in Australia. The brand uses recycled nylon made in Italy from industrial waste such as fishing nets, carpets, plastic bottles and textiles that would otherwise pollute our planet and oceans. It is certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, the world leader in fabric testing for the regulation of harmful substances.

Our favorite is the Mossman Wrap swimsuit that flatters your shapes and adapts to your morphology for a perfect fit. And it’s also reversible and limited edition, so hurry up and see if there’s any left!

2. Kudo Surf

Kudo Surf is first and foremost a passion for the ocean, a brand founded by surfers for surfers, and the leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly clothing and surfing equipment in the Philippines.

All Kudo Surf clothing, including their new range of boardshorts, coveralls and bikinis, are made from materials such as organic cotton, regenerated yarn Econyl™ and recycled plastic bottles.

Surf the beautiful waves of Siargao Island with your Isabela Frida Bikini in “ocean blue” colour; unfortunately for the moment only available in the Philippines, all the more reason to have a quick trip there! In addition, Kudo Surf offers training and mentoring to surfers wishing to raise their level to participate in competitions around the world.

3. Elle Evans

More blue with this reversible bikini from Elle Evans: wear it, cherish it, repair it, recycle it!

Sustainability being at the heart of the company and its approach, there is no mass production: each swimsuit is made to order in their ethical workspace in Melbourne.

The parts are made of regenerated Vita ECONYL® nylon from 100% waste from the oceans and landfills. The brand even offers a repair and reuse program. What do you think of that?

4. Coco Frio

La dolce vita with Coco Frio and the two pieces Maori Top Fleurs de Laurier: gorgeous!

Coco Frio is a brand that offers very nice swimsuits, each one equally beautiful (the choice was much too difficult)!

The brand manufactures its swimwear in Italy in a family workshop also with Econyl, the famous fibre regenerated from plastic materials and fishing nets in order to preserve the oceans. Since 2013, hundreds of volunteer divers have collected 453 tons of fishing nets, the equivalent of 3 blue whales! Its production is 80% less impacting than that of traditional nylon, produced by oil.

5. Akina

Since its comeback in 2017, the red swimsuit is one of the must-have of the summer, but if it’s sustainable it’s even better: for you the Poppy bikini from Akina!

From production, to fabrics, to packaging, Akina wants to be a sustainable company in every aspect. Akina means spring flower, symbol of a new life, a reincarnation of waste in all their fabrics, thus contributing to reducing the environmental impact while embodying the kindness and individuality of the women who wear them.

The pieces are sewn in the studios in Cape Town, South Africa.

6. Stay Wild Swim

A bit of poetry with the brand Stay Wild Swim and its fabulous swimsuit: The Lunar One Piece.
This swimsuit was handmade in London and made of ECONYL® fabric.

Stay Wild Swim is THE swimsuit brand that will allow you to forget your complexes and make you love who you are: unique and beautiful. And don’t forget that the great secret of happiness is to feel good about yourself.

Currently, in addition to Econyl, the brand is working on a circular production system so that used Stay Wild Swim swimsuits can one day be taken back and recycled into beautiful new pieces.

7. Vendredi Swimwear

We also think about men: the Vendredi Swimwear brand promises a fruity summer with its Juteux swimsuit: an essential #neverwithoutmyvendredi.

Vendredi swimsuits are made in Portugal in a small family workshop located in Guimaraes near Porto! It smells already like a holiday!

At VEPSI we’ve been following Vendredi Swimwear from the beginning and we love it – they make us have a good laugh on social media!

8. Philomén

Coming straight from Budapest, Hungary, the brand PHILOMÉN offers handmade pieces by local sewers and only works with suppliers who guarantee an ethical production without waste.

PHILOMÉN means – in ancient Greek – to be loved. A message dear to the brand: love nature and explore the world for a sustainable future. PHILOMÉN’s creations are inspired by vintage silhouettes combined with modern and minimalist simplicity and a touch of European elegance.

9. Clo Stories

Clo Stories is a brand based in Barcelona, one of our new favourites. A brand that offers responsible and sustainable consumption with reversible swimwear, which can be MIXED and MATCHED together as you wish.

In addition to their recycled packaging and fabrics made from recycled materials, polyamide is also used in their swimwear to achieve total sustainability.

For a modern pin-up look, we recommend this Gabrielle bikini that breathes freshness.

10. Dedicated

Dedicated is the positive alternative of the fashion industry: sustainable fabrics, decent working conditions and strict certifications. Although the brand offers a range of streetwear for men and women, we have selected for you men this Swim Shorts Beach Palms which gives us a desire to quickly settle under the sunlights of the tropics. It is made from 11 recycled plastic bottles!

11. September

September is a brand of sustainable swimwear that emphasizes simplicity, shape and function. Sleek silhouettes, solid colours and sustainable materials for optimal performance and comfort.

The brand was created by Erika Seiko Togashi, a passionate surfer with over fifteen years of experience for brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, J. Crew and Deus Ex Machina.

Swimsuits designed in New York and tested in Bali, such as the Honolua Top Ivory, made from recycled nylon, are more sustainable than regular swimsuits.

12. Boochen Studio

Formerly Boo Surfwear, Boochen Studio offers a swimsuit worthy of a masterpiece, the combination of colors and patterns, makes us think of a painting (don’t you think?).

Boochen Studio has partnered with Ecofil®, a brand that actively contributes to the well-being of our oceans. For their bikinis, they also chose ECONYL® and Lycra® Extra Life fibres, which make their swimwear more resistant to salt water, sunscreen, chlorine and UV light.

The best for the end: the Boochen Studio brand will be sold on our marketplace.

13. Ozeano

Want to dive into the Dominican Republic’s depths (yes?) and especially respect the ocean, (YES!) put on your OZEANO swimsuit and go! This beautiful coloured swimsuit reminds us a lot of the Caribbean Islands, mixing hibiscus flower, frangipani…

Ozeano is a brand created in 2015, it manufactures its swimwear with recycled bottles, with a mix of details, contemporary designs and Caribbean flair, Ozeano wants to share its love for surfing, the ocean and travel.

14. Poly

Poly is a brand based in South Africa, which promotes body positivism, a social movement for the acceptance and appreciation of all types of bodies, Poly wants every woman to accept herself as she is. But that’s not all, for the design of its reversible swimwear, Poly uses sustainable materials and produces in an ethical way.

For you, we have selected the reversible Racey swimsuit, to mix and match with the pieces of your choice. The “bra” style top features a perfectly adjustable crossover back for comfort and a more active style mixed with the leopard print for a touch of fun.

The brand Poly will also be available on our marketplace, stay tuned!

15. Reset Priority

Reset Priority is a beachwear brand that creates exclusive and contemporary pieces. Always elegant and full of character, each piece is ready to reinforce the confidence of the woman who wears it with carefully selected materials that respect the environment and sustainability.

The pieces are manufactured with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified fabrics, responsibly in Spain in Barcelona with end-to-end control from design to production and distribution.

We look forward to showing off our patterned Bawe Bikini tan.

16. Picture Organic Clothing

Picture is the French brand created by 3 friends: Julien, Jérémy and Vincent. 100% of the products are made of recycled, organic or sourced organic materials.

Picture is a very transparent brand, certified by the GOTS and Organic Content Standard labels, all their technical products are made of at least 50% recycled polyester from plastic bottles, their products do not contain PFC (chemical substances).

The ANDY 17 BOARDSHORT is THE swimming shorts you need for your intense surfing sessions, you need 20 plastic bottles to make a boardshort! It is equipped with the Fast Dry 4D allowing freedom of movement and in addition, there is a pocket to carry your keys.

Shall we jump into the water?

And since swimsuits are not enough, VEPSI has added to its list some sustainable accessories that are essential for a beach break.

Starting with beach towels…

A towel is essential to enjoy a swim or sand with comfort and softness. Here are 3 brands of ethical or sustainable towels:

  1. Nomadix produces towels made from recycled plastic bottles for yoga, beach, camping and travel, in beautiful colours and with sustainable production.
  2. Fair Supply And Co produces lightweight, fast-drying, absorbent and soft Turkish towels that are made from sustainable Turkish organic cotton.
  3. Evolve Travel Good produces towels made from Ecolite™ for a light, compact, antibacterial and completely sand-resistant look.

To keep your feet from getting hot, there’s nothing better than flip-flops..

To wander around, to stay at home, to walk along the beach, by the pool… When the sun comes up, flip flops pop up. Here are 3 brands to dress your feet:

  1. Amazonas produces ecological sandals with several types of soles, inspired by the shapes and colours of the Amazon.
  2. Hippobloo produces flip flops made of vegetable latex and rubber sap, trendy, comfortable and robust.
  3. Komodo produces vegan shoes that are handcrafted in a sustainable way using the highest quality organic cotton uppers, recycled EVA soles, recycled natural rubber and natural rubber soles from sustainable sources.

Don’t forget to use sunscreen!

Sunscreen is very important if you don’t want to get very painful sunburn. Of course, we advise you to choose a sunscreen that protects our beautiful planet. Here are 2 brands to protect your beautiful skin:

  1. Avène offers a 50+ thermal water, with very high sun protection for sensitive face and body skin. The Laboratoires dermatologiques Avène are associated with PUR PROJET (to learn more about this program we invite you to visit this site) around a socio-environmental program that participates in the regeneration of corals in Indonesia.
  2. Nuxe offers a SPF 50 sunscreen kit + after-sun kit + kit for this summer. Essential organic ingredients, Coconut and Orange Blossom fragrance, to moisturize the skin and prolong and sublimate the tan.

There you go! Now all you have to do is plan your holiday. At VEPSI we already have our heads elsewhere… “Vamos a la playa oh oh oh”…