Having an umbrella handy at all times is a personal goal of mine, especially here in San Francisco where the weather can change in an instant. Since I’ve been caught without one countless times, I shudder to think about how many cheap umbrellas I personally contributed to landfills. Not to mention how may times I have shown up to a meeting looking like a drowned rat.
In my quest to be more eco-friendly, I set out not only to find an umbrella small enough to keep in my purse, but durable enough to stand up to San Francisco wind gusts. I found one that accomplished both goals and more: the Totes Eco ‘brella.
The Eco ‘brella’s canopy is made of 100 percent recycled PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) bottles, while the frame is made of 70 percent recycled aluminum.
The umbrella, which comes in three sizes, features an earth friendly bamboo handle and a waxed hemp wrist strap, and prominently displays a recycled symbol within a raindrop so you can get your props for being environmentally conscious, even in a torrential downpour. The umbrellas retail for $17-23 each.