I love the super chic makeover the backpack got when it came back into style, but I admittedly haven’t owned one since it came from Jansport and was covered in keychains.

Sustainable brand, Filbert, makes their bags from high-end vegan leather, allowing me to try the trend without committing to the larger carbon footprint real leather has. The Irving Backpack has become my new go-to bag! I can’t imagine life with out it.

Filbert featured me on their blog with a short interview that I’m sharing below. Read through to the end to hear why this bag is the perfect size for anyone trying to go low-waste.

1) Where are you located, and how do your surroundings influence your style?
Living in the super diverse city of Los Angeles, CA allows me to regularly experiment and update my personal style. I love dressing more boho/casual when I’m beachside in Santa Monica and Venice, and then going for a more polished/trendy look for West Hollywood and Downtown LA. Personal style and expression is the norm here – really anything goes!
2) How did you become interested in eco fashion?
During my senior year at Parson The New School for Design, I took a class on sustainability that really opened my eyes to the negative effects the fashion industry has on the planet. I have always loved nature and seek solace in an ocean swim or mountain hike, but at the time I was a total fast-fashion addict, and it felt like these two sides of me were in direct opposition of each other. Finally in 2015, I was at the right place in my life to make some drastic changes, so I decided to figure out a way that I could still express myself through fashion, but in an  environmentally conscious way – and I started Green with Style to document the journey. I haven’t set foot in a fast fashion store in years, which has lead me to discover amazing eco-friendly brands like Filbert! I have found that I definitely don’t need to give up feeling stylish and beautiful for being environmentally responsible, it’s all about being selective about the brands and stores you choose to support.
3) What are 2 easy ways that an eco-novice can start becoming a more conscious consumer?
First off, choose not to consume single-use paper and plastic items. Americans produce an average of 4.4 pounds of trash per day, so using a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, and market tote can help to lower your environmental impact greatly.

Secondly, bring the same thoughtful approach to your wardrobe. Rather then buying cheap, disposable clothing and accessories from fast-fashion brands, seek out products that are well-made by sustainable and ethical companies. Your up-front cost may be slightly higher, but this buying technique can really save you money in the long-run when you don’t need to replace things as often. Elevate the quality of your wardrobe and support conscious companies, all while saving the planet!

4) Recent recommended read?

I don’t really read fiction, but I always have a psychology/self-improvement book I’m reading for a dose of inspiration and reflection. Right now it’s Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, which I recommend to anyone who’s looking for more authenticity in their lives.

5) What’s in your Irving backpack?

The rest of my purses are either on the very large or quite small side, so the Irving was a welcomed addition for it’s medium size. I love that it feels super stylish, but is also large enough to fit a reusable water bottle and coffee cup! Along with my reusable items, I keep my phone, keys, Stella McCartney wallet, Burt’s Bees lip balm and my lipstick of the day. Lately I’ve been mixing Beautycounter’s Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel with Honest Beauty’s Lip Crayon in Melon for my perfect nude lip shade.

Some items in this post were gifted, but all reviews and opinions are my own.
Photos by @sdrpick.

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