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Giveaway: GIJ Eco & Chic Bags

Congrats Sandra , Lindsay, and Jessa on winning this giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone!!

Named after the founder’s beloved first dog, Gidget, GIJ  is committed to offering great vegan bags that are chic and timeless. Based in sunny Manhattan Beach, CA, GIJ bags have a laid-back beach-y vibe and are meant to be well-used, well-traveled and well-loved. They are all washable (including the vegan leathers!) and get better with age. I really love the little pouches… I put my sunglasses in the longer one and use the small one as a coin purse. It’s so cute! I use both of them and really enjoy them.

The founder of GIJ bags set out to create a line that is vegan and cruelty-free without sacrificing style or great fabrication.  They use the most eco-friendly fibers they can find for their bags and pouches – like hemp and recycled polyester, EU approved dyes and finishes, and carefully monitors water waste.

GIJ Sling

GIJ also gives back to the community with a portion of the proceeds going to rescuing, tending to medical needs, training and finding homes for animals in need.

Today 3 lucky winners have the chance to win a pouch or bag of their choice.  To enter this giveaway, leave a comment below stating what you plan to use your GIJ pouch or bag for.


GIJ Pouches



I will announce the winner on Friday April 17th




  • Claire Adams

    I love these bags

  • Red3horn

    I would use the bag as an everyday bag. As a working wife and mother of three boys who also runs, practices yoga and is constantly on the go, this would be perfect to become THE bag I use daily. The ability to wash it has me swooning… did I mention the three rescue dogs we have as well? Boys, dogs, running… yeah, the bag would be a constant for me.

  • Kirsten Bucino

    I love this bag! If I won this bag I would use it as an every day purse and would also use it for lightweight grocery shopping instead of using plastic! Please pick me! <3

  • juleskay

    Finally! I’ve been looking for years for a large replacement cross-body bag that is cruelty-free. My current one is almost a decade old, cost a small fortune, and is horribly tattered and torn. I haven’t had a full time job in two years so easily replacing it has been difficult. I’m very “nomadic” so my whole life goes in my bag–wallet, journal, phone, charger, goMacro bars, and passport…even my laptop in a pinch. I adore this bag, and would love to be gifted it (and gift it to others)!

  • Tiffany Michelle

    I would use as an everyday bag. Looks like the perfect size!

  • Didra Cline

    My every day bag!

  • Carmen

    I would use it to carry food everywhere I go. Let’s face it, if i don’t bring my own from home I’d starve. #applesarelife #youatemyapple #dontworryibringextra #crazyfoodcarryinggirl

  • Ruth Reynolds

    I haven’t gotten a new bag in years. This would replace the one my kids not so lovingly call “The Black Hole,” but hey, mom always has you covered (snack, tissue, spare tire,).

  • Chelsea

    I would use this bag to show my friends and family how fashionable and accessible living cruelty free can really be.

  • Laurel

    These are beautiful! I would use my pouch to carry money and my own bags to the farmers’ market!

  • Tiffany Ellett

    I love vegan bags! Vegan material is very low maintenance compared to real leather, so i could use this for plenty of my daily activities. I could use for the beach, sleepovers, work and of course for looking extra stylish. I can also remain confident that this bag won’t lose its impeccable and consistent color. Genuine leather is synonymous for fading and becoming blotchy.

  • Tina

    I would use my bag to carry my life, lol It looks comfy and would go with anything!

  • brandi

    I would use mine for traveling . My family does a lot of traveling and a mom has to look stylish while carrying everything from baby wipes and toys to sunglasses and lipstick !

  • Jill

    I think it would make a great sunglass case. Either that or a pencil case.

  • Ashley Griffiths

    The bags are beautiful! Throughout the past 10 years, I have become increasingly diligent in making sure I live a cruelty-free life. I’ve been looking for an affordable bag I can wear and use at work (which is a nonprofit, hence affordable, haha!) that looks professional AND fits my vegan lifestyle… this would be perfect!

  • Lori

    I love the change purse. Reminds me of one I had as a child!

  • Denise

    Would love this!

  • Irishannon

    Summer’s coming, should I say more?? Look great and feel great as knowing that it’s CRUELTY-FREE!! Being a vegan, without a question is AWESOME (several exclamation points inserted here advocated by animals). Meanwhile, I’d love one… thank you.

  • Debi Cole

    Yeah for no single use plastic bags!! I would take mine every wear!!


    I would use this bag when I go shopping or visiting.

  • Heather Hart

    I would love the Ventura Bag, and it would definitely be used as a bigger makeup bag or a clutch!

  • Sarah Cotter

    veggies from the farmers market!

  • Tracy Casselbury

    I would use the bag to carry my snacks. Water mail book natural makeup and phone.

  • lstein0

    These are LOVELY. I’d use mine as an everyday bag, my current bag is hurting my neck/shoulders, so I’m in the need for something better.

  • Linda O

    Baby stuff and I will recycle the one I have now.

  • Moya

    This is so cool! I would use my bag all the time :)

  • dawn k.

    I would use this bag as my school purse. I keep one bag for school, and one bag for other things. If I won, this would be a great discussion point for my kids, as we have been talking about how 9 and 10 year olds can make a difference, especially with water conservation and with animal protection. This would be cool to show them!

  • Catherine Roccaforte-Probasco

    I power walk to work, as I teach group exercise classes at an LA Fitness in my area, so the bag would be perfect for carrying stuff as a vegan gym bag!! <3

  • Happy Hazel

    I want to use the bag when I go to the beach or hiking with my dog. I’m gonna take my camera and dog treats and more! :)

  • Samsam

    Oh wow these are beautiful!
    Is it too common to say I’d use it as my “catch-all, carry-all”. I don’t like small bags as they just don’t hold what I need them to. I’m a university student, and for the past year I’ve used the same Lush bag (Fighting Animal Testing!) as my bookbag, purse, carry-on when I travel, and overnight bag. It definitely needs replacing and this would be just perfect to do the job!
    ~ Samantha
    PS I think what you’re doing is amazing – I went vegan last summer and more companies like this need to exist!

  • Lori Hanken

    I have been looking at these for a long time. They look amazing. My kids play baseball and softball. This would be perfect to take to the ball fields!

  • Denise M

    I would use the pouch to carry work supplies and the bag would be for anywhere and everywhere

  • Laura

    I would use it to haul around everything my son needs on a daily basis. He requires medications, diapers, and extra clothes whenever we leave the house. Then I need my things as well so this bag would be perfect to use every day! I love it!

  • Molly

    I’d love to use the pouch for my sunglasses this summer! Make a fashion statement with cruelty-free products!

  • Carla S

    I would use it on road trips and for everyday use.

  • Lisa Kempe

    I just made the decision to become vegan. This would help as I start to let go of my leather bags. I finally realized being vegan is one of the biggest decisions I’ve made and one of the most amazing.

  • Kay

    I would LOVE to use this as my nursing bag for work, it looks so comfortable!

  • Martha

    I would use the bag for everything. I take four bags to work every day. A purse, computer bag, gym clothes and my food for the day. I also have a bag in the laundry room that is holding the latest books checked out from the library. But, I think the biggest reason to love this bag (besides the fact that it is just cool) is the conversations it would start. I have just begun talking to friends and family about a vegan lifestyle and I would love to see their faces when they tell me they love my bag and I say “thank you, it’s cruelty free” :) :)

  • petalpower

    I am currently exploring the world of veganism and finally feel this is were I belong. This bag would be a great beginning for me as I continue to learn and explore on my journey.

  • Molly Page

    The GIJ crossbody bag would be perfect for hands-free shopping at the farmer’s market….AND big enough to hold purchases and not need plastic bags.

  • A Lamb

    Everything. They are amazing. Beautiful.

  • megan norman

    I would love the Highland wallet — I would use it as my everyday wallet, small enough to fit into a pocket, or a larger bag, if need be and would hold my essentials.

  • Cherie

    Oh, for the love of all things fun AND practical! I would use any of these ALL. THE. TIME. I LOVE bags, but I’m constantly “window shopping” and never buying because I never know if the materials are ethical…
    I could use a bag to take with me everywhere; as a mom, teacher, and coach, I could use something wonderful to help “carry me” from role to role to role. :)
    Thank you!

  • Mia Reid

    Hi Kind Mama! I am really loving these GIJ bags. Definitely a bag that would never go out of style. I love that they are vegan! So of course I would wear this bag out to do my shopping and errands but also I could see myself taking this bag to the beach or the river. I love the size of it. Looks like I could carry my big klean kanteen in there and have room for extra clothes for my three year old son (just in case.) I’m one of those mamas who likes to be prepared for anything and this bag is the perfect day bag for me and my little guy on the daily :) Thanks for giving me a chance to win. And Thank you for being such a positive role model!! Hope you have a wonderful day~

  • Stacy W

    I love that crossover bag. I would use it everyday. I also like the idea of one of those small bags for my sunglasses, as I can never find a case for my glasses to fit in so they always get scratched.

  • terry ann lawler

    I would use the bag to carry my makeup and sunglasses!

  • saniel

    I commute to work via public transportation and this bag would be great for everyday use. Grocery haul, park outing with son fits his snacks, water and toys. I could put my phone, book, and still have room for other essentials. Love the other pouches and wallets to match, real cute. Love that is vegan but still cool and hip plus inexpensive.
    Would be a great bday present for myself since its coming soon. Thanks

  • Erica

    Awesome travel bag. I would use it for holding the kids snacks and water bottles during air travel

  • Christine

    I would use the pouch bag for carrying stuff to work everyday – love them!

  • Lizanna Pompa

    Torn between the Highland wallet and the shoulder bag… great items that I would use but I think I would find more use in the shoulder bag to use while riding my scooter. Plus I love promoting eco-friendly/vegan items… we need more of these! :) cheers -Lizanna

  • Shari

    I would use one in place of my current purse! Love the designs.

  • Sheila Chaffins

    I like the blue Ventura bag for my diabetes supplies. I would use it everyday. Please pick me!!

  • Rachel

    These bags are so nice!! I would love to have one for everyday use. The one I have is just so small I can barely fit my wallet and checkbook into it.

  • Lorie Hernesh

    I love the wilshire bag! As a teacher for a library and the co-founder of a farm animal rescue, I am always on the go and always carrying a ton of books, materials and projects. It would be nice to not have to tote around a heavy purse too and just use something smaller, that is not only functional and eco-friendly but stylish too! Thank you, Lorie!

  • Sierra Kluson

    I would use the bag for all my summer plans! There is nothing better than a cross body bag. Leaves you hands free for all your exploring

  • Monica

    Goergeous bag to use for everything! I’d love one.

  • awesomeashnic

    I would absolutely use this bag everyday! Whether I’m headed to work with my snack and other necessities in tow or it’s the weekend and I’m about the town. It’s beautiful and friendly! :)

  • Kris Moore

    I’d love to use this at Portland Oregons Saturday Market! Lots of room for necessities and for the treasures I’m sure to pick up along the way.

  • Jaime Och

    I would use the bag for my everyday. Between my daughter’s gymnastic meetings, my son’s sporting events, and even the new puppy we have I could see myself using it daily.

  • Sami Collins

    My bag will be my go-to-bag for when I am out and about. It is perfect for carrying what I need and for tossing in any small purchases. I love over the shoulder, hands-free bags and this one is vegan and Eco-friendly. It will fit right in with Asheville, NC and I will definitely have it with me for the Worldwide March Against Monsanto on May 23 (if lucky enough to win). Which btw Alicia, I think it would be great if you, Woody Harrelson and Noah Wyle just happened to show up for the March. What a perfect day that would be! Ban GMOs.

  • Lyla San Jose-Nero

    I would use the bag for everything! I have a rambunctious 4 year-old and I usually carry a backpack (which isn’t very feminine!) so it would be nice to have a bag that I can wash (swoon!) and carry all of our things in that is cruelty-free! :)

  • Lori Unver

    My family and I do a lot of weekend activities (hiking, traveling) and this would be perfect for that. The color is so pretty, and I’ve been looking for a spring/summer bag. Another, fun way to show style doesn’t have to hurt :O)

  • Raelynn Burrow

    I would love to be considered for this bag. For me, this would be used as an everyday bag, but the larger size would be nice for the extra room. I have recently recommited to a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle after having slipped away the last couple years. In addition, I am getting more active and losing weight as well (over 20lbs so far). This would be perfect for when I go hiking and on runs (another 5k this weekend) to throw in snacks and water bottles for me and my dog.

  • julianne conway

    I would use the bag everyday for everything!

  • Molly

    I would use the bag to carry all the necessities.. my wallet, phone, lip balm, sunscreen, reusable bags for the grocery store, extra clothes, toys, and necessities for my three year old girls. I need a bag that can fit it all! I would use the pouch for my sunglasses (great idea!).. the big hard case I have takes up so much room. Either way, I’m definitely checking out this brand. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Kirsten Antony

    Really cute bag and pouches and I would use them everyday. Looks roomy enough for me… I tend to think I have less to carry around than I do! Thanks Alicia for these fun giveaways! : )

  • RiceKrispie

    I would definitely have to put some toys in it for my son so they’re handy for him when we’re at a restaurant. And at times, as a clutch for me when my hubby and I go out :) its too cute just for Legos to see

  • Tina

    I would wear it for my upcoming trip to Disney World and LA’s vegan beer festival coming up in May!

  • Kendall

    A new diaper bag! With a toddler and newborn, this hands-free crossbody would be perfect! It would be such an honor to carry this brand.

  • Krystal Pena

    ooh I would wear these everyday just because they use the money for a great cause!! And tell all my friends and family about them 😀 😀

  • Jess McGee

    I’d use my bag to haul carrots to Farm Sanctuary for my friends hehehe ☺

  • Amy Olson

    I would love a bag that is vegan and natural! I run around all day between kids and multiple jobs and would love an attractive bag that I am sure is cruelty free! Always have reusable grocery bags and water bottles in tow so it would be well used for better organization!

  • The Holistic Herbivore

    I would use it as my everyday bag. I just moved to the city & I have been on the hunt for a comfortable vegan friendly everyday bag that I can take on long walks navigating the city. These look perfect!

  • Frenchpetal

    I telecommute from home to work, so my minimal portable “office” is carried in my bag, plus all the goodies I must have with me at all times – vegan lipstick, car/driver info, crystals, promotional pens, library card, notepad, fingernail file, hair ties, phone, tissues, flosser sticks, and glasses. I love being cruelty free wherever possible – and this is just what I want in a bag! :) They are lovely!

  • hurricanemaine

    As I strive to become better everyday (more mindful, engaging, energetic, cruelty-free, and true to myself and my earth friendly beliefs) this bag will be loved and used well. It so speaks to my style and my beliefs which everyone on this blog can attest to and be proud of. This vegan bag speaks to what I believe and how I live my life – active, comfortable, on the go… My 3 rescue pups will be happy I can take what we need with us on our adventures! And my fashionable young adult son will be so happy when he sees a bag like that as it is fashionable yet the best bag ever.

  • BethanyK

    I would use it for snacks lol or make-up!

  • Cami Ene

    I would use my Gif bag for traveling, as a new mommy I find the bag very versatile!!! I love it & hope I will be the fortunate winner. Cheers!!!

  • TC from DC

    I’d give it to my wife, of course!

  • Enid Jackson

    This would be perfect for shopping at Goodwill! You need your hands free to hunt for bargains. Love it!

  • Cleo

    I would use my bag to carry my school supplies to class each day. Thank you for this fantastic giveaway!

  • Diane

    I would LOVE to have a GIJ wallet or coin purse! The one I’m using now is ripped in so many places, don’t get me wrong, the rips totally give it character, but it’s time… All of my friends are always asking me where I get all of my cute apparel and accessories and I would love to give props to GIJ because they’re vegan and sooooo eco chic!!! 😉

  • Kaleigh

    As a mom who works full time at a college and as a yoga instructor, I need a purse that is stylish & professional because I don’t have time to switch out my purses for different occasions. As a vegan I only buy cruelty free products and I’m always being asked by my students about vegan products. Id love to show them you can be stylish & functional while living a kind life

  • Lisette Ramos

    I would love to use this as my primary handbag. It seems back enough and easy on the shoulder & back,

  • Laura

    visiting my sister in San Francisco and eating ALL THE VEGAN FOOD!!!!!!! :)

  • Rachel Mertz-Rodriguez

    I am an avid walker. Now that winter in ND is finally done with I intend to let my car hibernate as much as possible and get into walking and biking mode again. I could really use a hip and functional bag like GIJ to stuff full of essentials on day long walks such as bean burritos, my camera and my journal.

  • Tekquiree

    I would use my GIJ bag to carry my journal, pens, wallet, lip gloss, phone and reading material. It would travel with me everywhere especially to Manhattan Beach since that’s my favorite place in LA. I became a vegan three months ago and am on the quest to finding the perfect vegan/environment friendly bag that’s also stylish and can replace my current bag. I want a bag that I’m proud of and can tell my friends and family about. Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily Meath

    I love this!! Always looking for new vegan leather alternatives, it’s a constant search! Would love to have one as a new sunglass case!!

  • Natalie

    As a student who is constantly on-the-go, it is hard to find a versatile vegan bag to bring to all of my clubs, meetings, and classes. I am beginning to practice a vegan lifestyle, yet it is sometimes challenging to follow a vegan diet in college. I am a huge supporter of cruelty free makeup, cleansers, and other beauty products, and I would love to begin to incorporate fashionable vegan accessories and clothing into my wardrobe!

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  • amber

    I would use mine to tote around books, vegan snacks, and herbal remedies. My life took an unexpected turn years ago (as life does) and now I find myself at more and more doctors appointments, and having to avoid a lot of things. I need something that I can tote items in so that I can stay nourished, have natural remedies, and keep from being bored out of my mind. :)

  • kelly11

    I would use the bag for everyday. I have just converted to vegan and need as much help as I can get.

  • Carrie D.

    I would love one of these bags for everyday use! Of course, if my teenage daughter sees it, I wouldn’t be using it for long!

  • tahira wilson

    I would love GIJ bag i would pair it with some nice shoes with a day out with friends and pack the healthiest snacks in it and enjoy

  • Teri Schotanus-Rhodes

    How awesome are these I live in Encinitas and there was a Ban put on plastic bags which is Amazing!! I have a few of my staple bags I found at Food Fight ( vegan grocery store) in Portland and any of these would be an awesome bag for daily use.Tx for sharing I have found some rad vegan clothing thanks to you Vaute Couture has become a closet staple… xoxo 😉

  • Jessa Lytle

    I always have highlighters, markers, pencils, and crazy colored pens rolling around in my purse. One of those adorable long pouches would be great for keeping my writing utensils together rather than splattered all over my bag!

  • Cindy Batchelor

    I would use it to store my makeup! Super cute!

  • Melinda

    I love the Ventura bag. It looks perfect for carrying the essentials like homemade sunscreen, kids’ sunglasses and maybe a floppy hat for a beautiful day at the lake.

  • Lindsay F

    This is totally going to be my everyday bag (when I’m not with my toddler). Love this bag.

  • Tabitha Kieper

    Oh, I love them all! I would use the Laurel Canyon or the Ventura to help me keep things organized inside my purse or diaper bag. I like to put smaller things like lip balms, lotions, etc. in smaller pouches to stay organized and be able to throw them in the wash if they get messy and keep the inside of my other bags clean!

  • Jenee

    I would use the shoulder bag for every day. It seems like a great ‘hands free’ option and for my hectic life as a mom. The burgundy one in the second picture is so pretty it makes my eyes water. ha. So I’d pick that one.

  • Taylor S.

    I LOVE THESE BAGS!!! I would use it everyday and carry all of my goodies plus my 2 daughters snacks and everyday goods!!! Love them!!!

  • Amy

    I would use the bigger bag for everyday use. I currently carry a vegan clutch for everyday but a bigger one would be more useful. I love when I get complements so I can explain to everyone how it is made cruelty free

  • Veggiegirl

    I was so excited to learn about these bags, as I have been looking for a new everyday bag for myself! I have had my current one for years, and a growing hole at the bottom is making it more difficult to use. It can be a challenge to find a bag that can take everyday wear, looks great, and most importantly is cruelty-free and eco-friendly. I would use this bag when running daily errands, going to the library or coffee shop (I am a student) and of course going out and meeting friends and family! Thank you for all you do to educate us on these amazing products!

  • Cheryl

    I’ve been looking for a new vegan bag! I would love the bag for use with my baby girls who will be (no longer babies) turning one this Friday! I need a bag for all their stuff I have to bring with me that isn’t a diaper bag. If it was a smaller bag I would keep my lotion, lip balm and straw in there!

  • Alexandra Rehm

    I would take the bag anywhere I go. Perfect for work, shopping and traveling. The big side strap is wonderful for hands free shopping.

  • Rosaria Laurenza-Diaz

    Shopping bag for sure. I hate plastic and some paper bags don’t have handles. These bags are so pretty and functional..would use to carry books, days necessities too

  • tweetyscute

    I would love to use this as my daily bag

  • cath

    I would love to use this bag to not only keep my important purse essentials, but also my lunch bag of greens and my apple for my day at work. I also think it would make a great conversation piece as it is really beautiful and thus may appeal to non-vegans also, helping them to consider more carefully what products they advocate by use. ! I would love to acquire a vegan bag that is also so stylish. I also really appreciate the cross-body aspect.

  • jackie Chapman

    I would my bag everyday for work to carry all of my daily essentials. I just started a new job so I need a new bag which would impress my new work mates. A GIJ bag would be perfect! :)

  • estereoj

    This would make a great gift for my wife

  • Leigh Colby

    As an everyday purse!

  • Jess

    I would use the bag as an everyday bag. My current one has been threaded together because of a hole in the bottom and another hole has started. It’s time to break out my sewing kit or win this beautiful bag. 😉

  • Alicia Alvey

    I would use it everyday as my purse/diaper bag since we all know that after having a kid the two bags somehow merge into one! lol

  • Heather

    This is a great bag for everyday use as I always have several things I throw in a bag on my way out the door:)

  • Jennifer Hensley

    I love this bag. It’s totally cute and I love that it is total vegan. This would be the perfect everyday carry-all bag for me. I love the crossbody length as I prefer to have my hands free when I’m out and about. I probably couldn’t afford to buy the purse myself as my budget is very limited but would really find many everyday uses for a good-sized bag like this. I’m not one for these tiny purses that barely hold your driver’s license. I like a bigger bag I could actually put stuff in, particularly carrying a book with me as I’m an avid reader and don’t have much time to read at home between working part-time, going to school part-time and being a full-time single parent of a 19-y/o autistic nonverbal son. This would be great to be able to get a little reading done while I’m waiting for my son to get his hair cut or waiting for them to get out of school. Practical and totally cute. Love it.

  • Rust

    The Laurel Canyon would be perfect for my travel cosmetics.

  • theresa

    Thank you for these opportunities! I’d use it as A) my every day bag (stay at home mama, errand running, hikes with our dog, etc) and B) in my quest to live more simply, I’d get rid of my other bags I’ve purchased over the years (not vegan and not cruelty-free as I didn’t use to think about that stuff), and know that this 1 bag is, simply, ENOUGH:)

  • Heidi

    I would love a new bag. Can’t have too many. I would use it everyday!

  • dddd89

    I would use this as an easy way to carry all of my one year old daughter’s stuff and look stylish and kind at the same time.

  • thriftalina

    Id love to switch out my old purse pouch for the ventura or wilshire bags, they look perfect for keeping my store incentive cards and things neat and organized in style.
    I love the purses too, very nice style.

  • Rachel Nicole

    Hi Alicia! I would love to use the sunset coin purse for all of my spare change this summer! I’m on the hunt for a new eco-friendly, vegan coin purse, as my over-used, well-loved coin purse a friend gave me from India just broke. This year I will be traveling to South Korea, Spain, and New Zealand, and I could definitely use the coin purse to hold all of the change I need, buying and trading in each country :) I also love the inside of the bag–the beautiful flowers remind me of the daisies on my school campus and bring back so many great memories of spring time in Washington state.

  • Liz

    I’d love the Laurel Canyon or Ventura bag! I rarely carry big purses and prefer clutches, but it’s hard to find ones that work for everyday. These would make great casual ones that I could easily tuck into my laptop case when I head to work or my gym bag while I work out!

  • Leslie Du Fresne

    The perfect bag to go along with my eco friendly neighborhood errand walking or Car2Go trips to fun local events!

  • MotherFirefly

    i do not own this type of bag and i would love to have a bag. i would use it everyday and of course if someone commented i would be proud to tell then first, its vegan and the company and any information they as after that. educate-educate-educate, knowledge is power!!!

  • Lindsay Rider

    I can see it now! This bag is one that I could easily hold everything in for day-time around NYC, but also great for Summer day-trips or getaways! What better way to usher in the new season’s finds than by showing off cruelty free fashions! And washable?! Come ON! Congrats to GIJ for curating such beautiful, ethical pieces!

  • Heather Oldfield

    I would use it for everyday to carry everything I need for myself and my toddler!

  • Natalie Marie

    Whether she’s gazing up at me with her big baby blues the moment I wake up or bouncing along in the ring sling while I run errands, my daughter Forest and I are inseparable. We’re a couple of adventurers: always headed somewhere and learning and growing together. Any Kind Mama knows the importance of being well-equipped with kind baby/mama essentials. This became even more important to me when I ventured into single-mommyhood and at the time, really felt as though I had no clue what I was doing. The Cady Sling would be such a lovely bonus for our busy, day-to-day life. Having a place to store a few extra cloth wipes, a light sweater, or even a spot for my wallet (instead of the bottomless pit that is Forest’s diaper bag) would be a life-saver! It’ll accompany us on our many adventures, be it a day at the beach or a hike in the woods. With the Cady Sling being made out of recycled polyester and hemp, I don’t have to worry about my little Forest inhaling any nasties as she chews away on the strap :) This bag would be such a wonderful gift.

  • Heather Peyolot

    Crystal bag!! I would put all my crystals in the pouches or use it for seeds , :)

  • Natalie Marie

    Whether she’s gazing up at me with her big baby blues the moment I wake up or bouncing along in the ring sling while I run errands, my daughter Forest and I are inseparable. We’re a couple of adventurers: always headed somewhere and learning and growing together. Any
    Kind Mama knows the importance of being well-equipped with kind baby/mama essentials. This became even more evident to me when I ventured into single-mommyhood and at the time, really felt as though I had no clue what I was doing (not unlike most first-time mommies). The Cady Sling would be such a lovely bonus for our busy, day-to-day life. Having a place to store a few extra cloth wipes, a light sweater, or even a spot for my wallet all its own (instead of the bottomless pit that is Forest’s diaper bag) would be a life-saver! It’ll accompany us on our many adventures, be it a day at the beach or a hike in the woods. With the Cady Sling being made out of recycled polyester and hemp, I don’t have to worry about my little Forest inhaling any nasties as she chews away on the strap :) This bag would be such a wonderful gift.

  • Mary Pack

    I would love to win! I would use this bag every day and put my man wallet aside! It looks to be comfy and dressy all in one…

  • myra

    My GIJ bag would carry a leash, dog snacks, bowl and water! Maybe a few things for me too.

  • teresa

    It woukd replace my ‘ fun’ purse. I always have a specific purse I take to go out with friends. So I would take normal stuff like wallet keys but also vegan snacks sunglasses and whatever the trip requires. I also take my kind organics vitamins so I can remember to take them!!! I’d love one so i can comment on how its vegan and kind to the environment.

  • Julie Brydon

    I would use the bag as my everyday purse.

  • Jendria

    I would either use it as my new purse, which would be awesome; Or, I would take it when I go camping and hiking. Fun!

  • Linda

    Love the crossbody! Perfect for carrying my personal items to school and not with my tons of other teaching items!! I love that its washable and perfect and lightweight!! Ahhhhhh …. Purse made in heaven!

  • jtlittlelong

    I would love the Tashman tote! It would be my bag I used for work to fit all my office items in stylish yet totally vegan and enviromtnallg friendly. The entire office would be wanting one!!! It could double as a Saturday beach bag this summer:)

  • Kristy

    I would use the Mulholland long pouch for my sunglasses or the sunset coin purse for my coins or the bigger ones for an everyday, run around town bag. They are all soooo cute!

  • Ellen Evers

    To show everyone know you can be fashionable and eco-friendly at the same time.

  • Michelle Fidler

    The purse in the picture would be good for everyday use. I’d take it shopping or when I go to the library. A small pouch would be good to put makeup in.

  • graygrrrl

    These bags look amazing! I would use mine for everyday use. I love having a larger hobo/satchel bag that I can use as my purse and to hold my shopping. As a student, the smaller bags would help keep my organized.

  • theresano

    This reminds me of a bag I had years ago. It looks like a great purse to me.

  • Alexis Swearingen

    All of the bags featured from GIJ are quite beautiful! As a dog walker, I would love to use the messenger bag to carry my belongings in every day such as my keys, water, wallet, phones, and journal. It seems very versatile in that I could use it to easily switch out of from my day to day walks with my clients dogs, walks with my own dog, yoga, or when I do go out at night. It also seems like a great bag to have on hand when I stop at the natural store next to my Yoga Center. I could use it to stock up on Nutritional Yeast and Cashews in Bulk.

  • Lauren Maher

    I would use it as an everyday bag. I love to carry cute and practice purses that are great conversation starters.

  • Dina Banks

    I would love to use it instead of diaper bag that always slips off my shoulder. Love exactly this color and it’s my moms favourite type of bag – she would love to try it when so visits us soon to help with babies.

  • Mama Tummy

    Since my permanent bag is of the diaper variety I would use this bag on the extremely rare occasions that I don’t need the diaper bag. It looks so comfortable too!

  • Anne Hueser

    I would use it as my everyday bag. I especially like that it is washable.

  • Shelly Brown

    I plan to use my bag for a daily purse. I really need a new purse. My BFF gave me a vegan bag for Christmas two years ago and it’s all I’ve carried since. It’s a bit frayed. Ready for a new one.

  • Shallon

    I am working at a homeless shelter and I would use the bag to save my change to help out someone that needs a few cents.

  • Miriam Said

    I would hang it on my electric wheelchair and se it to go shopping for my fruit and vegetables.

  • Melissa F

    I am a bag fanatic so i would love to have a new one for my collection. I would use the bag everyday!

  • Sarah-Jane Morgan

    I would use the little wallet as a coin purse. In my town we need to carry change as our health and wholefood shops only take bank cards if you spend over £5. As I like to buy lots of little healthy treats throughout the week, I find I need to carry a bit of change! haha thanks Alicia! :)

  • Paula Carson

    I would love this bag to start my transition to an all vegan accessories collection. Through your book, I was introduced to a kind way of life. I am a “beginner” in this way of life, but love the idea of being kind to myself, the planet, and the beautiful animals. You put it so beautifully in your book. Why wouldn’t everyone want to be kind?

  • Danielle

    I would get a bag like the Wilshire to use as a new wallet. I really need a new one, and like the look of leather, but not the suffering behind it. Basically, it would go everywhere with me, and work great in a purse or my school/teaching bag!

  • Luxellot

    I would use the lovely bag to keep everyday essentials in, such as money, keys, lip balm, smart phone, and sunglasses. They’re so pretty!

  • ravenj

    This is awesome! I would use the bag for everyday stuff as well as a diaper bag for my two babes. I only use one bag for both and it’s probably time for a new one. Unfotunately not everything makes it through kiddos lol

  • Tina Knezevic

    I would use this fabulous bag as my daily go to bag that stores all my coupons, advertisements, bills, make-up, wallet, garden magazines and yarn for my crochet projects!!

  • Theresa Marlene

    We have a change jar that we use as our Christmas fund jar every year. This is what we use to purchase my kids Christmas gifts with. Throughout the year we save up all our change and put it in our jar. Having the sunset coin purse to put the change in instead of dumping it in my pockets or bottom if purse would make it so I can just put coins in it then just dump it unto our Christmas fund when full!!!

  • Ann Tilton

    Iwould love to use this bag for my busy every day life. I am a mother of ten, still have three at home with my youngest fixing to graduate from high school. I keep some of my grandbabies so their moms can finish there college glasses. So beside my everyday stuff you need in your purse I also have to put diapers and wipes, some toys and a few snacks when I am out and about. This bag would be perfect!!!

  • Marianne

    This post came at a good time! I have been looking for a bag as well as clothes and shoes that are friendly and vegan. I would love a bag for everyday use!

  • Cindy Winston- Klopfenstein

    What a wonderful company and a cute bag! I would use mine to carry “everything but the kitchen sink”, as my kids say I do. Thanks for the opportunity, and the introduction to GIJ!

  • Kathy Gray

    I plan to use it as my usual every day bag. they are so nice!

  • Krystyna Meade

    I would use the bag to replace my old, falling apart purse! I love that the bags are washable.

  • john hutchens

    my wife would love the bag. It is spacious and casual. We travel alot in summer so she would use it when we are on the go.

  • Lauren Uter

    I would love to use a GIJ bag for everyday use. I am always running around between college, volunteering, and working so I need a reliable bag that also reflects my lifestyle and morals.

  • Grant Dunlop

    I will give it to my wife as she loves these bags and it can be an early birthday present.

  • Laura Bayron

    Hi! Totally love them! I work as a freelance interior designer and always have a lot of things to carry. Like my tablet, papers, camera, etc. I actually was looking for a bag for that problem. So I want it for that. I live in PR and would like to promote it here too.

  • Cindy

    Looks like the kind of bag to take anywhere. Very nice

  • Holly May

    I would def use it as an everyday bag! These are great!

  • Sandra

    I will give this to my teenage daughter who I know will be so proud to share that something SO incredibly beautiful, is cruelty free. It’s so important to me to have our next generation participate and advocate for trendy fashion that is truly KIND.

  • Anna Haggerty

    This bag is awesome! I would use it everyday! It is big enough for all my stuff that I take everywhere as a mom, And the long strap that fits across the body makes it hands free, perfect for moms as well!! Love it!

  • Victoria Lindsey

    I would use the bag as my purse, it seems like a great diaper bag/purse which I’m in dire need:), and the smaller pouches look like the cutest wallet.

  • Amanda Williams

    Lovely. I would use a bag or pouch to carry mine & my daughter’s things. She’s 3, so I guess it isn’t called a diaper bag anymore. I carry her Epi pens, water, healthy snacks, etc. I also would carry my phone, wallet, keys, etc. ♡

  • Kristy R

    These are beautiful, I am an Artist and would love to keep my business
    cards inside one of these little pouches! This would also be a good way
    to educate people I meet on the vegan lifestyle while promoting myself
    and my art :) Love them all! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • HauteAngel

    I would give my daughter this beautiful bag for her honeymoon in June. I have 3 rescue dogs!

  • Suzanne

    I have been looking for a new everyday bag. Most of mine are clutches. I live by the beach and would like to carry a bathing suit and sunscreen at all times.

  • Elizabeth Findlay

    MAD MONEY!!!! And everyday things that I need like lip balm.

  • Kristina Palmer

    With a little one already and another on the way, surely such a pouch will get used for various kids’ needs; food on the go, wipes, cloth dipes, extra clothes etc!

  • Kristen

    Great bag…I’d use it to carry around all of life’s little necessities :)

  • Anne

    Love the vintage print lining! This would be a huge upgrade from the sunglasses case I am currently using as my wallet. Hey, it’s functional. :)

  • Krystal Dunlap

    I would use this bag on my very first ever beach trip. It would be great to have a new bag to take with me. Thank you.

  • jcbjt

    The.cady sling to carry my new rescue yorkie around in it. And her treats. She was living with her siblings ( she’s a pup) with a family who didn’t take care of them and luckily a neighbor called humane society on them. She was nursed back to health.we lucked upon her and I’d love to pamper her and carry her in the sling like the queen she is when we go out!

  • Lisa B

    I am always on the lookout for bags that are not leather. These are perfect and being able to wash them is a plus! I would use the bag as an everyday bag. I love to read and it’s just the right size to carry a book while on the go! I also like the crossbody straps so that my hands are free when shopping at the farmers market!

  • Leslie G. Kelly

    I would use this bag while walking my rescue dog Lucille Marie von schnauzer ( she’s really a terrier mix) because its easy to wear and allows me to be hands free so i can hold a leash.

  • Lizzy G

    Books! Mostly national and state park guides, as well as my trusty national geographic atlas! We are traveling cross-country!

  • Lisa

    I would use these bags to hold everyday items such as credit cards, change, and other everyday items.

  • Jennifer Leigh Harper

    I just got my very first convertible so I would use it as my every day purse and look even cooler getting out of my super fancy car!

  • Ronda M

    I would use it as an every day purse, and when someone makes a comment about how cute it is, I would mention that it’s my vegan bag. Hopefully they would want to hear more about veganism.:)