In the bag: Go green and win big


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Got a passion for fashion and the environment? Then try your luck in the Best Green Handbag category of the sixth annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards.

Entering the contest is a great way to use your creativity and to finally make use of some of the junk that’s been piling up in your house. Anything from old jeans, soda bottles and vinyl is fair game to reuse in your design. You may also use eco-friendly raw materials, including 100% organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. If you need some extra material, contest sponsor Amorim Cork Composites is offering free cork board for use in your handbag.

If you are fortunate enough to win the contest, you will get the chance to collaborate with Timberland & Amorim Cork Composites to develop a product for sale — made of cork — in its stores and be featured in the September issue of InStyle.

Deadline to enter is April 28. For complete rules and information, click here.

If you need some inspiration, check out last year’s winning design from Pasqua.