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Back-to-School in the Bag, Freebies to Nab!

The following is a guest post by PETA staffer Royale.

It’s August, and you know what that means—back to school! As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved this month for that very reason. Not that I loved going back to school, but the shopping that commences just before one does so is, well, worth submitting to the semesters that follow. Although I graduated from college five years ago, I still go “back-to-school shopping”—hey, it’s nostalgic, and I’m practicing for when I have children of my own. So whether you’re heading back to the classroom or just want to honor tradition (hehe), you’re going to need a bag to carry you through until spring.

Some of you might be surprised to learn that millions of animals are slaughtered each year and turned into shoes, handbags, belts, and other accessories. With tons of fashionable and cruelty-free alternatives available, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that killing animals just ain’t smart. So don’t fail your animal friends this fall—go faux for all your back-to-school fashions.

Studious or studious, I’ve got just the satchels you’ve been searching for. Plus, two lucky winners have a chance to win my fabulous Navoh picks (this teacher’s playing favorites: the Christopher and Chambers) by leaving a comment below! Tell me what cruelty-free products you’d carry in your new bag—if there’s one thing that I like as much as accessories, it’s makeup!

Navoh Christopher $79.99
Navoh Christopher  $79.99

Let Them Eat Cake Tumbled Foldover With Buckle $72.00
Let Them Eat Cake Tumbled Foldover With Buckle $72.00
Forever 21 Downtown Shoulder Bag $32.00
Forever 21 Downtown Shoulder Bag $32.00
Navoh Chambers $99
Navoh Chambers $99
Deena & Ozzy Covered Stud Flap Satchel $68.00
Deena & Ozzy Covered Stud Flap Satchel $68.00
Deux Lux King II Messenger Handbag $89
Deux Lux King II Messenger Handbag $89


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  • Madison says:

    I love Bath and Beauty products and thankfully they don’t test on animals.So I would defiantley put alot of make-up and lotion from Bath and Beauty products.

  • Jessica Pearce says:

    I would carry my Vegan College Cookbook, my non-animal tested makeup, the extra pamphlets I have explaining why one should go vegan, and my cruelty free stickers!!<3

  • Rachael Pahl says:

    Those are so cute! I would load up my bag with Yes to Carrots lotion and lip balm and of course I never leave the house without my Kiss My Face lip gloss.

  • megan says:

    I would have avon products in it, i like there hand lotions and they have foot sparys, yes foot sparys that are great for the summer so your shoes dont smell lol

  • Alejandra Mayer says:

    I would definitely carry my cruelty-free make up and my all VEGAN palette from Urban Decay (including the brushes). A bunch of pictures of my cats. My cellphone to call the shelters or veterinarians to take the cats that I rescue. I would also carry a bunch of $1 bills (as I always do!) to donate to the homeless people on the streets that have dogs and need to feed them. And I can’t forget my check book for when I go to no-kill shelters and help them with small (but with much love) donations.
    I can’t help that I love animals.

  • Anisa says:

    These are so cute! I’d carry books, paper, pens and everything I’d need to go everywhere!!

  • Ashleigh says:

    My number one favorite would also have to be make-up but you cant bring your make-up with you if you dont have a cute cruelty-free bag to carry it in 🙂

  • Tele Barnett says:

    I would carry my cruelty free makeup and lip balm in my bag!

  • Amanda says:

    I would carry my Jane Cosmetics, Ecotools body spray, and Alba organics lip balm!!!

  • martha warner says:

    if i did win one of these fabulous bags for back to school, i would put all of my brand new 100% recycled binders, paper and pencils in it.

  • Joni Jensen says:

    I only use cruelty-free products and have become completely vegan Since Sept. 1, 2009. It first began when I was 19 years old (a REALLY long time ago!) when I stopped eating veal because of how they treated baby cows and have progressively taken out meat. I have been dairy-free for about 15 years now. The cycle is now full-circle. Thank you PETA for keeping us all in tune with the other beautiful species on this planet.

  • Katelyn says:

    I’ve gone tons of cruelty free make up that I take with me, and let my friends try out and tell them to purchase instead of regular stuff. Also, my vegan brushes. My favorite body spray by greengirlbasics, which is tested on humans, not animals!

  • Kim says:

    I would definitely have some Burt’s Bees Lip Balm! Yes to carrots hand lotion and some Bobbi Brown face powder for touch ups. Last but not least, my printed out version of cruelty free companies when I’m at the store, so i know what to buy!
    Lets keep fighting for those animals!!!

  • Brit Liggett says:

    Wow! Man do I love my cruelty free accessories 🙂 I am an environmentally focused video producer and I carry all my electronic accessories around in a canvass bag because I just can’t bear the thought of a cow on my arm. The Let Them Eat Cake bag is adorable.

  • Margie Licausi says:

    I am sickened by the cruelity to animals. I am am peta member, do not eat meat, and refuse to buy anything that has been tested on animals. The fact that people walk around with bags make of animal skin,and fur is just terrible. I will continue to speak to people about being a vegan, and cruelity to animals, even if they pretend to not listen, I know they are getting my message.

  • Mari says:

    I’d definitely carry a recycled notebook,cruelty-free perfume such as Chanel or Guess?, Burt’s Bees toothpaste, Dr. Bronner’s magic soap,Victorias Secret lotion, Imari seduction deodorant, and mostly any product that has the leaping bunny. Now that school is gonna start I’ll actually carry those items in my backpack.
    In my make-up bag that I’ll carry in my bag will have: Mary Kay eyeshadow, Avon face powder, Sephora eyeliner and mascara, Revlon blush, Eco-Tools, and Victorias Secret lipstick.

  • alicia corkery says:

    well, i definetly need my lip balm, and some makeup (orglamix rocks!!-cruelty free and absolutely gorgeous all for an affordable price), My travel size toothpaste and brush to keep my pearly whites shining, my future Peta student planner (so cute), some bobby pins, my wallet, peta pamphlets,and most importantly my music to keep me going!!!!

  • laura serecin says:

    make-up that hasn’t been tested on animals!

  • Brittany says:

    Most of my makeup, I make myself, getting everything from nature! But when I don’t make it, it’s usually from Urban Decay! I like lots of color and a smokey eye!

  • Ellis says:

    Great picks! I can’t leave home without my Burts Bee lip balm, a must have! I also can’t forget my Tarte Lights! Camera! Action! mascara & my wet’n’wild eyeliner and I’m good to go!

  • Renata says:

    I would carry cruelty-free Ecco Bella lip gloss, my Mimosa Organizer by Malcolm Fontier and a Jokerz bar 🙂

  • Amy says:

    These bags are amazing!! This is my first year as a vegan and this would be awesome to sport around campus and be proud of my new life choice 🙂 My bag would be filled with plenty of my favorite MAC products- since it is cruelty-free OF COURSE!!

  • Courtney K says:

    Those bags are really cute. I would carry around my favorite Burt’s Bees and BeautiControl lipsticks and glosses. Gotta have pretty lips 🙂

  • yvonne wilson says:

    there is only one important thing that must be in my bag and thats a photo of my beloved dog harry, it keeps me going until i can get back home to him.everything else is just junk and unimportant

  • carol gerratana says:

    I love your bags featured here. I am not a make-up lover or user…..Only moisturizer and clean face for me. I do label my backpack with all the stickers from PETA and ASPCA.

  • Sarah Scholz says:

    I’d carry Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara, Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy Rides Again Eye Shadow, Urban Decay Fetish Afterglow Blush and Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation.

  • Viviane says:

    In my new handbag there’d be :
    The organic pencil my American pal gave me
    A American History Book for classes
    Some white sheets
    My make-up little case in which : YSL turquoise eyeliner, Dior black mascara, Dior black eyeliner, MAC lipgloss that’s it ! All given by friends for my 18th birthday 🙂
    A map of Paris+subways
    My wallet !

  • Heather says:

    Oooh! If there’s one thing I love, it’s bags! A close second is lipgloss. Right now, my favourite is Kiss My Face shimmer stick. And of course, raisins. (Nature’s candy!)

    Good luck, everyone!

  • firda i. says:

    i always bring vitamins and medicines (especially the herbal one) in my bag, like nature plus. always comes in handy whenever i feel unwell!

  • Shell Merrill says:

    Love the Let Them Eat Cake Foldover, sooo cute! I would carry my fabulous vegan wallet from Alternative Outfitters, Crazy Rumors lip balm and my refreshing lavender and tea tree mist from Strawberry Hedgehog since it’s so darn hot outside in NYC!

  • shortyjessie says:

    i’d carry cruelty free make ups and lotions!!! AND OF COURSE, cruelty free GUM!!!! yay!!

  • Beckie Hirstwood says:

    Gotta love a vegan handbag! The only way to go!!

  • Helen says:

    I love it when teachers play favorites for a good cause!!

  • Britney C says:

    I’d keep my “pleather” wallet, cell phone, and keys in it, cruelty free sunscreen, and a can of Yurba Mate tea to get me through a long day of studying.

  • Lauren Brown-Washburn says:

    I have always been a strong advocate for animal protection. I have been a vegetarian for three years and I use cruelty-free beauty supplies, including Beyond the Zone hair products, Tresemme shampoo & conditioner, and Bath & Body Works lotions.

    As a young female, I enjoy fashion and I like to be stylish. As a young female in law school, I am also broke. Between working as an unpaid intern and paying the ridiculously high tuition, I have had to sacrifice shopping, eating out, and traveling. But I will pay any price for cruelty-free products.

    If I were lucky enough to sport one of the beautiful Navoh bags, I would fill it with animal-friendly supplies. I would carry my makeup bag filled with supplies from Almay (foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, mascara, liner, eyebrow pencils, and bronzer). I would also put in my Pangea Organics chapstick and my favorite lip gloss, Zuzu Luxe. And because I can’t leave my house without some yummy-smellies I would also carry a small bottle of the White Tea Ginger lotion and some of the Coconut Lime Verbana body spray, both from Bath & Body Works.

    It is also worth mentioning that I am notorious for carrying dog treats and little doggie bones in my purse. I carry them for my Yorkie and Australian Shepard, but it is always fun to have little treats for the dogs I see while walking around campus, to the courthouse, or at the local Farmer’s Market.

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Taylor Leigh Harvey Swanburg says:

    If I got a new faux-leather bag, I would carry in it my: non-beeswax lip balm, cruelty free make-up, my non leather wallet and change purse, and pack it full of my favorite vegan candies.

  • Misha'el Shabrami says:

    I would carry my Matt and Nat wallet, my Smashbox foundation to touch up my punum, Kiss My Face lip balm to pretty my pucker, VerMints for breath, Zuzu lipstick for a late night, some Aveda “be curly” frizz control to beat the heat, Urban Decay powder to buff the shine, Too Faced lash injection mascara to look pretty in the city, a stick of Origins black eyeliner, and a No Fur pin, which compliments any pocketbook!

  • Abby Goodman says:

    I would fill mine with leaflets for PETA and my (cruelty-free) Hard Candy makeup and my vegan lunch for the day! Who needs a lunch box when you have a cute bag like that?

  • Morgan says:

    All of my makeup i own are cruelty-free products my hair products and all of my body sprays. I also don`t but leather anything.I don`t want animals to be hurt/killed just for us they should live a long and wonderful life. I am a big animal lover and hurts me when i find out more of what they do. In my purse i carry only cruelty-free products. No leather wallet.

  • Aleah says:

    My cruelty-free bag would be chock-full of cruelty free items like all my MAC cosmetics, earth friendly notebooks (put together from photocopier discards), Yves Rocher perfumes, Avon creams, and maybe a Revlon or O.P.I . nail polish thrown in for good measure. I’m sure there would be plenty more in there but definitely no creepy Olay, Maybelline, Cover Girl, Herbal Essences, or L’Oreal products (ick!!)

  • Jade Moore says:

    First I would carry my Matt & Nat Devendra wallet because it’s stylish, super cut, and socially responsible. Then I would need my advanced beauty tools makeup brushes made out of NuFibre instead of animal fibres along with my bath and body works essentials for touchups (oh and my sweet breath just in case I run into someone special!). I want to win one of these bags so bad! Please pick me!!! Jade

  • Sally says:

    Hi there. Fab bags! I love seeing new beautiful animal-friendly products – more ammunition for those heated debates with the ‘unwashed’ animal-unfriendly masses!
    Thanks Sarah, keep doing what you’re doing.
    Bye for now xxx

  • Daniel wright says:

    I would carry around everything I need to lead the club I’m starting this year in my school. We havnt figured out a name yet, but it’s basically gonna be like a high school version of PETA, we’ll raise awareness for animal rights and try to get more people to become vegetarians and vegans

  • bonnie says:

    I always carry my Crazy Rumors HibisKiss vegan lip color in coral! Can’t go without it.
    That Deena & Ozzy satchel is awesome, btw.

  • Vanessa Kropf says:

    I always carry all Mac makeup, of course the reason I buy it is its animal testing free!
    I carry all recycled paper, don’t want anymore animal habitats being demolished!
    I adore all these beautiful accessories, I’ve never seen such beautiful cruelty free handbags!
    If I don’t win I’m most definitely buying some!

  • Lacey Nissen says:

    I would carry pictures of my friends in my own made photo album made from recycled goods. My make up brush that is synthetic bristles, Synthetic wallet, organic make up, brush for my hair made out of recycled material. travel size Organic shampoo and conditioner animal tested free. A camera to take pictures of people doing cruel things to animals so I can report them to police. And everything else I put things in, I do in plastic zip-lock bags and reuse whenever possible.

  • Brenda Quezada says:

    What I would carry in my bag would be my Afterglow cosmetics, which are Leaping Bunny approved, along with my Burt’s Bee’s chap stick. I would defenitely carry my Navoh wallet that I already own too.

  • Stephanie says:

    Along with my list of cruelty free make-up brands care of PETA, I also keep local numbers and business cards in my faux-leather wallet in case I need to call someone to help rescue an animal that’s been injured or in danger. In addition to that, my PETA checks are in there for when I need to be an ‘old lady’ and write someone a check, rather than swipe my debit card!

  • megan donaldson says:

    makeup and vegan treats 😉

  • KAREN LAWSON says: