Vamp it Up – the Ultimate Eco-Haute Accessory

Looking for something fun, sexy and sophisticated to tote around in the New Year? Oh – but it also has to be environmentally responsible? This may be your lucky year. With the success of the Twilight series, it doesn’t get much sexier than Vamp Bags.

I met the Vamp girls, Deanna and Tara, in Boulder, CO (home town of English Retreads) this fall and got to take a sneak peek at their upcoming 2009 collection (see Frenchie below in red) as well as bags from the signature line that are still fan favorites.

What impressed me the most about this shop is their eco-mission and how they are continually striving to improve it. While they have some exciting announcements they are working for in 2009 that we can’t discuss, I can share what they are doing now.

Here are some highlights:

  • The exterior fabrics used on the bags meet European Green Emissions Standards
  • The interior fabric is a 100% animal friendly synthetic
  • The padding used for the inside pockets of the messenger bags and the sides of the laptop portfolio are made from post consumer product and 100% recyclable
  • All packaging that the bags are shipped in are 100% biocompostable, and the shipping boxes are 40 -80% post-consumer product and 100% recyclable

They are well on their way to reaching their goals of being able to use 100% post consumer materials that are also 100% recyclable, but in the meantime, their stylish bags are a great alternative for vegan and eco-conscious fashionistas.

Written by Courtney Carlisle Bolton

When she isn't writing or in the library, this tech savvy ecophile can usually be found glued to her mobile or macbook ogling the latest gadgets, scouting the newest designs, traveling or out enjoying the Colorado terrain.

Courtney holds two masters degrees in Psychology and Communications and received her BA from Vanderbilt University in Psychology and English. She recently relocated from Los Angeles to Denver, CO where she is pursuing her PhD in Family and Child Psychology.

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