by Michael dEstries
Categories: Fashion, People.

This post comes to us from our latest contributor, Erin Burt. Erin is hip to green fashion and will be sharing some of her stylish observations with us in coming articles.

Even the stars have stuff to carry – and that’s why big bags are in again for Fall 2007. Whether you’re a diva who needs a diaper bag, a laptop user who’s more chic than geek, or want to avoid paper AND plastic, there’s a bag out there that will do it all. Plus, today’s bag makers are making them out of eco-friendly materials that create truly original pieces in the hottest styles of the season.

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You’ve seen Fergie resurrecting medieval style with her Mulbery for Giles Mace keyring, so why not sport a little chainmail? This messenger bag is made of recycled pop tops interlocked for an eye-catching accessory in a hot fall 2007 metallic. The shoulder strap is cushioned and spaghetti-strap approved, and the many pockets inside will keep you organized.

HipandZen.com, $160

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Made from recycled vinyl billboards and seatbelt straps, these bags are the ultimate carry-all. Grab an attaché to protect your laptop, the Jetson for the baby, or this handy messenger that expands to 6” wide when stuffed. The trick to this bag is not so much where you got it, but how you carry it. Hold it in front of you at the elbow with sunglasses and the infamous Jessica/Ashlee Simpson street pout, and you’ll be working any street like it’s Rodeo Drive.

VyandElle.com, $110

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This bag mimics the look of the it-bag of the season but with tiny, cross-hatched strips of recycled newspaper. It comes in a variety of styles, including everything from digital camera-sized pouches to this large, carry-all tote. Ecoist.com also features them in many other colors and sizes.

Recycled Newspaper Tote Bag at UncommonGoods.com, $215
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This messenger from Alchemy Goods captures the patent leather vibe for fall and the across the body trend that everyone from Mary-Kate to Reese Witherspoon is sporting.

Accessorized with recycled seatbelt straps, pockets and clips for all your iPod, cell phones keys, and other gadgets, it’s the perfect way to stay organized (and green) while on the go. The stripes are also reflective for walking or biking at night.

AlchemyGoods.com, $148

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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