From the fashion cupboard - Tusting EcoShopper tote bag

Most men struggle carrying a tote bag - something to do with it challenging their Alpha male characteristics - but for forward-thinking types, this "eco tote" from British company Tusting has the right combination of size (not too big), quality (only the best leather hides are used), environmental friendliness (it's vegetable tanned) and price (it retails at £55).

The EcoShopper tote bag, made using traditional skills and craftsmanship at the factory in Lavendon, Buckinghamshire, is perfect for magazines or documents, works well as carry-on luggage, and is completely carbon neutral - even the cotton webbing in the straps is biodegradable. Most of them have a hidden metal bar inside to spread the weight of whatever you load into it, such as groceries; they're certainly a grade up from the eco-friendly hessian bags currently being carried up the supermarket aisle.

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Available exclusively online at www.tusting.co.uk