Things fashion people frequently use in competition: *Whose dress size is smaller. *Whose dinner invitation is more exclusive. *Whose runway seat is closer. *Whose swag has the greatest resale value. *Who knew that guy was gay first. But now there's another better-than-you prize to add to the pile, and it's this: Whose eco-friendly bag is the most green. Today the Times UK reports "forget designer handbags - the eco rating of your handbag says more about you now." But we're going to go ahead and say "no thank you" on this one. After all, if you've started shopping with a big permanent tote, instead of the plastic or paper sacks given endlessly to girls at the supermarket, at Saks, or at Sephora, you're already doing wonders for the planet by reducing the amount of waste that goes into the world. And although it's great to buy organic cotton, or recycled aluminum, or whatever else can make an amazing tote bag, your chosen sack shouldn't be something that makes you feel guilty - "Oh my gosh, I thought I was being so eco-conscious by reducing my plastic bag use, but it turns out my Fendi tote was made with oil and electricity!" Lugging groceries and Christmas packages around town in your reusable bag is certainly enough of a workout. We're not sure the extra baggage of beating out everyone else's eco-tote is really worth it (and anyway, we prefer finding our new bags on Etsy, to support emerging artists).
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