Tale Of The Traveling Totes

Roomy tote bags are lifesavers for eco-friendly commuters and those always off on adventures.

Zero-waste goals! Shopping around the Philippines? Then get on the eco wave: many local establishments have been working to ban and discourage the use of plastics. It’s worthwhile to keep at least one reusable tote bag on hand, but be sure to check that you don’t already have a canvas bag from previous shopping escapades before you buy a new one. Take a bag along as you go about your grocery or takeout runs and market explorations—and remember to reject single-use plastics! Here are some totes awesome tote bags to keep handy.

Earth-friendly! Help eliminate textile waste with Retaso’s Alon Tote (here, left, in Bughaw), which is made from upcycled fabric scraps. ₱850; available at IG: @retasoph and Slo Store at Bean & Yolk, Westgate Alabang. // Multipurpose! Bag your shopping in the water-resistant and foldable Wanderskye Infinity Bag (right); it can act as a bag cover too. ₱850; wanderskye.com

(Top row, from left to right.) Order of the day: prep for all occasions—from corporate functions to out-of-town trips—with Regatta’s slim and preppy navy tote. ₱895; available at regattalifestyle.com or at select malls nationwide. // Everyday favorite: splurge and support the local artisans at Bags by Rubbertree by proudly carrying their wide-strapped leather tote (here in Melon)—each one is hand-cut and hand-stitched. ₱5,000; bagsbyrubbertree.com

(Bottom row, from left to right.) Going steady: find the best company with the conversation-starter that is Artsy Kit’s Internet Boyfriend zip-up tote. ₱449; available at Common Room at Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, and Katipunan. // Puppy love: share your love of man’s best friend—or just designer Heart Evangelista’s (aka Love Marie) own doggo Panda; the bag is part of the LM for Kamiseta collection. ₱499; kamiseta.com // To market, to market: Level up your old bayong with Bench’s version of the iconic red-white-blue bag. ₱100; available at Bench stores nationwide.


This post first appeared in the September 2019 issue of Smile magazine!

Written by

Pierra Calasanz Labrador

Photographed by

Toto Labrador

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