A vintage fabric front pocket dresses up April Aliermo's reused Chinatown tarp carryall ($20, Heart on your Sleeve, 61A Bellevue, 416-999-2197, www.heartonyoursleeve.ca).
Amelia Yvonne makes use of the city's glut of plastic cast offs by heat-pressing multiple bag layers into sturdy, branded totes ($30, Distill, 55 Mill, building 56, 416-304-0033).
Afro ladies and tattoo-style swallows are screened onto a canvas Cha Cha pick ($25, chacha2.etsy.com).
Bring Your Own Bag's "Stop Using Plastic Bags" message is loud and clear on its organic cotton option ($38, Heart on your Sleeve).
SLO goes the recycled-bedsheet route by stitching together an acid green retro print ($16, Nathalie-Roze & Co., 1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699, www.nathalie-roze.com).