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- 1 What to look for in a wallet
- 2 What are the best vegan wallets?
- 2.1 Access Denied Vegan Leather Wallet
- 2.2 Boshiho Cork Wallet/Credit Card Holder
- 2.3 Corkor Small RFID Blocking Wallet for Women
- 2.4 Kate Spade New York Women’s Owen Lane Lindsey
- 2.5 Tree Tribe Leaf Leather Envelope Clutch
- 2.6 Appaloosa Provisions Original Cork Wallet
- 2.7 Corkor Cork Wallet for Men
- 2.8 Lavishy Colorful Bohemian Flower Bouquet Embroidered Beautiful Large Wallet
- 2.9 Grow From Nature Men’s Brown Cork Wallet
- 2.10 Lam Gallery Vegan Cork Wallet
- 2.11 Stewart/Stand RFID Blocking Minimalist Stainless Steel Wallet
- 2.12 Stella Mccartney Women’s Continental Falabella Wallet
- 2.13 Corature Ultra Slim Cork BiFold Wallet
- 2.14 Boshiho Fashion Cork Wallet
- 2.15 Herschel Supply Co. Hank Wallet
- 2.16 Desigual Women’s Brown Faux Leather Wallet
- 2.17 Money Smart Lightweight Vegan RFID-blocking Wallet
- 2.18 Corkor Minimalist Cork RFID-blocking Wallet
- 2.19 Bungalow 360 Original Vegan Leather Striped Zip-Around Wallet
- 2.20 The Vegan Collection Camden Men’s Canvas Tri-fold
- 2.21 Hempmania Hemp Eight Compartment Tri-fold Wallet
- 2.22 ETIAL Women’s Vintage Floral Zip Wallet Faux Leather Card Holder
- 2.23 Boshiho RFID-blocking Cork Wallet for Men
- 2.24 Corkor Men’s Vegan Minimalist Cork Wallet
- 2.25 Sakroots Women’s Trifold Wallet
- 3 Our favorite men’s wallet…
- 4 Our favorite women’s wallet…
- 5 Best vegan wallets…found!
Most of us use them almost every day, but hardly pay them any mind: wallets are one of the most important accessories that we never notice. In a society where so many pieces of our identities and finances fit on cards that we put in our pockets or purses, wallets are essential to keeping such sensitive data safe and secure. Yet, when so many billfolds are made of leather or non-vegan materials it can be daunting to find a solution that is both cruelty-free and functional.
Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the web to find 25 vegan wallets that can keep your money and the cows safe and happy. In this article you’ll find a number of cork, hemp, faux leather, and cloth wallets to fit your vegan lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the simplest way to maintain financial security: keeping your cash from falling out of your pocket!
What to look for in a wallet
Modern wallets come in a multitude of different styles and with a variety of features. We’ve broken down the most important things to look out for when choosing one below.
When it comes to wallets, style isn’t just about appearance: it refers to the overall design, which influences functionality and storage capacity. There are three main styles you need to be aware of:
Bifold (see top image above)
This is your typical billfold. A bifold is basically a pouch used for cash that’s folded into two sections. On the inside, you’ll find slots on each side to put your credit cards, and sometimes an ID card window or a coin pocket.
Trifold (see middle image above)
The same thing as a bifold, but folded into three sections instead of two. Trifold wallets will usually have more room for cards and are more likely to have extra features like coin pockets or ID card windows.
These wallets go by a few different names and are not folded like bifolds or trifolds. Instead, they can be best described as a pocket-sized bag that’s sealed by either a zipper or clasp and has a number of compartments and card slots inside.
The target demographic for this style is usually women, but of course some men may prefer these as well, just like some women may opt for bifolds or trifolds.
As far as materials go, there are a few different animal-friendly vegetarian wallet options:
Cloth wallets are made of different cloth materials such as canvas, polyester, nylon, or a mixture of a few different materials.
There are a lot of different substances that this material can be made out of, but usually it’s polyester or PVC. These are both sturdy materials, but not as eco-friendly as some other materials. However, there are some new and innovative faux leathers out there, such as leaf leather, but these are pretty uncommon (pssssst! Tree Tribe uses leaf leather!).
This material is made from cork wood. Cork is lightweight, eco-friendly, and water and abrasion resistant. One nice feature of cork is that no two cork wallets will ever be exactly the same due to variation in the wood grain. This means that every wallet is unique, which we think is pretty cool!
Hemp is an eco-friendly material made from the hemp plant. Wallets that are made with hemp use the plant to make a canvas or other cloth-like material.
How much you’ll be able to fit into your wallet is highly dependent on each individual product. Some minimalist wallets only have enough room for a couple cards, while others have as many as 12 different card slots.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably been handed change and didn’t know where to put it. Coin pockets are designed to get rid of this problem by giving you a dedicated compartment for your loose change. This is a particularly useful feature if you live somewhere that uses coins a lot, such as Europe or Canada.
ID card window
An ID card window is a card-sized cutout with a clear plastic cover that’s used to hold ID cards or anything else you may need to display frequently, such as a train pass. This can be a very convenient feature to have if you’re a commuter or need to show ID on a regular basis.
RFID stands for radio frequency identification, a technology used to transmit credit and identity card data over very short distances. When you scan your credit card by holding it near a scanner without actually touching the device, RFID is being employed. While this technology can be very useful, it comes with the risk that tech-savvy pickpockets can use scanning devices to steal your card info without ever having to actually pick your pocket.
RFID-blocking tech eliminates this issue by utilizing materials that are specially designed to block any signals trying to reach your cards when they’re in your wallet. Purportedly, this will protect you from techno-pickpocketing and radio-theft. Sounds great, right?
In theory, this is a very useful feature, but there have been practically zero recorded instances of identity or credit card theft via RFID technology. While RFID-blocking wallets do offer real protection, it seems that the added security is minimal simply because there aren’t very many (if any at all) pickpockets trying to steal credit cards using RFID. If you’re very concerned about identity theft, it may be worth it to get the extra protection just in case, but it’s a good idea to weigh the often higher price tag of these wallets with the seemingly minimal protection they offer.
What are the best vegan wallets?
Now that you know what to look for, let’s get right into it! Below, you’ll find our curated list of 25 of the best vegan wallets available.
Access Denied Vegan Leather Wallet
This stylish faux leather wallet sports nine slots for cards and an ID card window as well. This wallet is slim, fashionable, and has RFID blocking technology, which may be appealing to some. One issue we have with this wallet is that it’s made of vinyl, which is one of the worst plastics for the environment. Otherwise, no complaints from us.
- Slim and stylish
- RFID blocking technology
- Made from vinyl, which is harmful to the environment
Boshiho Cork Wallet/Credit Card Holder
This cute cork wallet is great for those who are environmentally conscious: cork is a very eco-friendly material, so this wallet makes a good gift for any treehugger. There is a substantial amount of space inside – enough to fit an iPhone 6S, so there’s ample room for any credit cards you may have. We loved the design and how soft the exterior was. This wallet is definitely a winner in our book.
- Soft, eco-friendly material
- None really, but you may want to choose another option if you want RFID protection
Corkor Small RFID Blocking Wallet for Women
Corkor’s wallet gives eco-friendly cork wallets a high-tech upgrade with the addition of RFID-blocking materials. In comparison to Boshiho’s offering, the designs on this vegetarian wallet range from much simpler to much more rustic, depending on which color you choose. On some, the wood grain is clearly visible and impossible to miss, which can be a bit too loud for some. Otherwise, good size and nice feel – two thumbs up from us!
- RFID blocking
- Made of eco-friendly cork
- The wood grain can look a bit too busy in some wallets
Kate Spade New York Women’s Owen Lane Lindsey
This wallet by Kate Spade excels where you’d expect it to: its design. The pastel color palette really works well and the fact that it’s made of faux leather is all the more reason for any vegan to take a look at this one. A bit pricier than most of the other wallets on this list, but very high quality.
- Great design and colors
- A bit pricey
Tree Tribe Leaf Leather Envelope Clutch
This vegetarian wallet is definitely one of the most unique on our list! Each of these pouches is made from leaf leather, which is a beautiful material that allows each individual leaf’s natural veins to show and create a one of a kind design.
This makes for a gorgeous, organic looking exterior that we’re absolutely in love with. To make things even better, the brand plants 10 trees for each sale they make, so if you’re eco-conscious, you should definitely check this wallet out.
- Beautiful design
- The brand plants 10 trees for every sale
- Slightly smaller than expected
Appaloosa Provisions Original Cork Wallet
Appaloosa Provisions’ cork wallet is a very no-nonsense product built around simplicity and functionality. This water-resistant wallet has six card slots and two under card slots, giving you a moderate amount of space to store your items. We liked how eco-friendly it was, but found that it wasn’t very durable.
- Kind of flimsy and not very durable
Corkor Cork Wallet for Men
With its added coin pocket, Corkor’s male counterpart to its female version of this wallet is a good choice for anyone that makes frequent use of coins (here’s looking at you, Europe).
This choice leaves less room for credit cards, but can be very useful if you’re always fumbling around in your wallet for change. Corkor also added in RFID protection, so that’s a nice bonus to an already solid wallet.
- The coin pocket is great for anyone that frequently uses coins
- Less space for cards due to the coin pocket
Lavishy Colorful Bohemian Flower Bouquet Embroidered Beautiful Large Wallet
The embroidery on this bifold wallet is quite nice, but may be a bit too much for some. As for the interior, there’s ample room for cards and cash, including a useful cutout for your ID. It arrives in an elegant gift box, making this a great present.
The only issue we have with this vegetarian wallet is that it’s hard to keep closed once you fill up all the slots. Besides that, it’s a pretty solid product.
- Elegant embroidery patterns
- Beautiful packaging makes this a great gift
- Hard to close when the card slots are full
Grow From Nature Men’s Brown Cork Wallet
Grow From Nature’s brown cork wallet is the most traditional looking one we’ve seen made out of this environmentally-friendly material.
While most cork wallets display a very clear woody pattern, the color of this wallet obscures the grain of the cork somewhat, making it less noticeable and appear more like a run-of-the-mill billfold.
This wallet is also hypoallergenic, waterproof, and flame retardant, all of which can come in handy.
- Sleek looking and made of eco-friendly cork
- Hypoallergenic, waterproof, and flame retardant
- Some may prefer a more natural looking cork texture
Lam Gallery Vegan Cork Wallet
Lam Gallery really lets the natural grain of the cork shine through on this wallet and the addition of some sparse colored accents really kicks the design up a notch.
As far as functionality goes, the wallet is pretty spacious, but it’s not very durable – the zipper is pretty flimsy and prone to breaking. We’re a big fan of the design, but not so much the wallet as a whole.
- Very nice design
- Lots of rooms for your phone, cards, and cash
- Not very durable – the zipper breaks easily
Stewart/Stand RFID Blocking Minimalist Stainless Steel Wallet
When you think of vegan wallets, you usually think cork, hemp, or faux leather – not cold hard steel. Stewart/Stand’s stainless steel billfold breaks this trend and is a great example of an “accidentally vegan” product. While not specifically designed to be vegan, there are no animal products used in this wallet.
This wallet looks sleek – no doubt about it. Aesthetics aside, this is a very practical product: it’s got RFID-blocking technology and it’s super slim – only 0.2 inches plus the thickness of your wallet contents.
There’s also an ID window, which is really convenient, although this means fewer credit card slots. Overall, we’re a big fan because its practicality and great sense of style.
- Dramatic design makes this a standout product
- Only three credit card slots
Stella Mccartney Women’s Continental Falabella Wallet
This luxury item from Stella McCartney is a top-of-the-line designer wallet for those who are looking for a truly high-end product. Made from high-quality faux leather, this cardholder is sure to satisfy those in search of a more sophisticated style.
This is a great product, but its designer status means it’s definitely not easy on the wallet!
- Very good quality from a trusted name in fashion
- Not a budget item
Corature Ultra Slim Cork BiFold Wallet
This slim billfold from corature is yet another cork wallet that shows off the material’s natural texture. The fact that each one is slightly different due to the natural variation in the wood is pretty neat, and with six card slots there’s more than enough room to keep everything you need inside.
We really liked this vegetarian wallet, but it isn’t very durable. We were surprised to see that the cork began chipping away pretty quickly.
- Nice design – each wallet is unique
- Not very durable – the cork chips away too easily
Boshiho Fashion Cork Wallet
The second wallet from boshiho to make it onto our list is a good alternative to Lam Gallery’s offering, as they both have a very similar design.
Compared to their competitor’s offering, this one doesn’t seem to have the same durability issues. We also really liked the added coin pocket, which we thought was super convenient.
- Colorful and eco-friendly design
- Coin pocket makes it easier to store change
- Slightly on the small side
Herschel Supply Co. Hank Wallet
Made from 100% polyester, Herschel Supply Co.’s hank wallet is a stylish and cruelty free product from a well-known and well-respected fashion brand.
The ID window is a nice feature, but we were a bit disappointed that there was no coin pocket. The wallet is also a bit hefty, which may be a problem if you’re looking for something that’s ultra-slim.
- Very stylish
- Great quality
- A bit hefty, so not a good choice for those looking for something very small
Desigual Women’s Brown Faux Leather Wallet
Desigual’s faux leather wallet features a cute flower and butterfly print, 12 card slots, and ample room to store your cash.
This wallet is a bit unique in that it uses a clasp instead of a zipper to keep your belongings secure, but it looks like things could fall out of the sides fairly easily.
Aesthetically very pleasing, but we have some concerns about its functionality.
- Cute design
- Clasp design doesn’t look like it secures the side where cash is stored very well
Money Smart Lightweight Vegan RFID-blocking Wallet
This RFID-blocking wallet from Money Smart looks like something you’d find left in a cabin in some dystopian zombie movie – which is kind of cool! Money Smart included a detachable sleeve that can be used to store items like subway passes that are frequently taken out of your wallet to be scanned.
As far as quality goes, the material isn’t particularly sturdy and is prone to stretching, meaning that over time cards may start to fall out.
- Cool, rough looking appearance
- Wallet stretches after use, making it easier for cards to fall out
Corkor Minimalist Cork RFID-blocking Wallet
Corkor’s minimalist wallet is exactly what the name implies: this is a very bare-bones billfold with only two card slots and a fairly small pocket to store cash. There’s also a pull-out pouch that can be used store cards that aren’t used very often, but we would have preferred to just have more slots instead.
This isn’t a bad wallet by any means: it’s very light, a nice size, and eco-friendly. We would have appreciated some more card slots, but those who are into minimalism will appreciate the zen-like simplicity of this product.
- Very light and eco-friendly
- Not as much room to store cards as we would have liked
Bungalow 360 Original Vegan Leather Striped Zip-Around Wallet
The striped pattern on this credit card holder is a nice touch that differentiates it from a lot of the other faux leather wallets on the market.
On the inside, there’s a pleasant blue and white polka dot pattern along with four compartments, six card slots, and an ID window.
The only issue we have with this wallet is that the ID window is kind of hard to see, making it less useful than we would have hoped.
- Pleasant and calming patterns
- Lots of room in the four compartments
- ID card window is hard to see
The Vegan Collection Camden Men’s Canvas Tri-fold
This wallet has a very old-fashioned feel to it. With a canvas exterior and faux leather interior, this vegan billfold exudes an aura of class and tradition. Inside, you’ll find four card slots and two slip pockets.
There’s also an ID window for a bit of extra convenience.
- Classy, traditional appearance
- Not as many card slots as some of the other wallets we’ve reviewed
Hempmania Hemp Eight Compartment Tri-fold Wallet
The second trifold and first hemp wallet that we’ve reviewed so far, Hempmania’s hemp canvas wallet is a great choice for environmentally conscious consumers.
This product is eco-friendly, fair trade, and has eight compartments to store cash and cards. The velcro is a unique feature, but it can be a bit annoying sometimes.
The card slots are also a bit tight, so it can be difficult to fit all your cards inside.
- Made of eco-friendly hemp
- Fair trade
- Tight card slots makes it difficult to fit your belongings inside
ETIAL Women’s Vintage Floral Zip Wallet Faux Leather Card Holder
From a purely aesthetic standpoint, this wallet from ETIAL is one of the best we’ve come across. The floral prints on both the outside and the inside are real eye-catchers and the complementing colors work great together.
There’s lots of space inside for cards and they’ve even managed to fit an ID window in without sacrificing a lot of storage room.
We were a bit disappointed with the lack of a coin pocket. The zipper also feels a bit flimsy and there’s a bad odor when it first arrives. Overall, a very cute and very functional wallet.
- We loved the floral prints and ample room for cards and cash
- Zipper is a bit flimsy
- Gives off a bad odor at first
Boshiho RFID-blocking Cork Wallet for Men
Boshiho’s RFID-blocking cork wallet has the most room of all the men’s products we’ve reviewed.
With six card slots and an additional removable ID card holder with seven more slots, you can rest assured you’ll have no issues fitting all your valuables into this wallet.
- Lots of room to store your valuables
- No coin pocket
Corkor Men’s Vegan Minimalist Cork Wallet
Corkor’s definitely got a thing for minimalism. This wallet is so simple that there isn’t even a fold: it’s just one piece of faux leather with a few slots on each side and a place for cash in the middle.
There’s an ID card window, which is nice, but it takes up the majority of one side, meaning less room to store your items.
You’ll like this vegetarian wallet if you’re the type of person that traded their smartphone for a flip phone as an exercise in minimalism and mindfulness. If that’s not you, then you’ll probably want to pass on this one.
- Simple design is great for those who are into the minimalist lifestyle
- While this wallet is a good choice for minimalists, it won’t have enough storage capacity for most people
Sakroots Women’s Trifold Wallet
This trifold from Sakroots is a good option for those who are interested in purchasing a piece of art as much as they are a wallet.
The design is intricate and detailed, but perhaps a bit too busy for some. Inside, you’ll find enough room to satisfy even the greatest packrats among us – there’s a total of 11 card slots!
As with a number of wallets we’ve seen, the biggest issue here is durability. The cloth looks great, but tends to tear after some time. This wallet may require some sacrifice of functionality for fashion.
- Very complex and appealing design
- The interior is prone to tears
Our favorite men’s wallet…
When it comes to men’s wallets, we’ve got to hand it to Corkor for making some great products. We really liked the Corkor Men’s Cork Wallet – this is a very high quality and reliable cork wallet that is lightweight, eco-friendly, and durable. The fact that it comes with a coin pocket really seals the deal, as it saves a lot of hassle when dealing with small change.
We also liked how passionate this Portuguese company is. All their products are PETA-certified and they pay a huge amount of attention to their ethics. Hats off to these guys!
Also, while we don’t usually give honorable mentions, we just had to give a nod of approval to Stewart/Stand’s Stainless Steel Wallet because, hey, this thing just looks really cool.
Our favorite women’s wallet…
As for women’s wallets, we were a big fan of Tree Tribe’s Leaf Leather Clutch. We had a hard time choosing between this one and one of Corkor’s wallets, but this is such a unique design and material that we think it deserves attention.
This wallet has a ton of room for cards and cash and looks great while it stores everything for you – no sacrifice of function for fashion here! Due to the nature of the material, no two clutches are ever exactly the same, which makes this feel like a more personalized item.
This clutch is also super eco-friendly: not only is the material easy on the environment, but Tree Tribe plants 10 trees for every purchase. If you’re concerned about our planet, that’s a hard offer to pass up – Earth gets 10 new trees and you get a cute new clutch!
Best vegan wallets…found!
In the end, the best vegetarian wallet for you will come down to your own individual needs and tastes. All of the wallets we’ve looked at have merits in their own right and you really can’t go wrong with anything on this list. That said, we highly recommend you check out Corkor’s cork wallet and Tree Tribe’s leaf leather wallet as we found these to be the (coconut) cream of the crop.
With the growing interest in environmentalism and animal rights, leather wallets are thankfully getting faced with some serious competition. Faux leather, cork, hemp, and cloth all make for great wallets and, even better, they aren’t made from cow skin! Hurrah!
Hopefully, as time goes on and the vegan movement grows we’ll see more and more leather alternatives and fewer and fewer leather wallets. If any of the wallets we’ve reviewed are any indication, the future definitely looks bright!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phil Grossman is a lifestyle, real estate, and culture writer based out of New York.
A polyglot who speaks French, German, Spanish, a bit of Japanese, and a little Norwegian, Phil likes to put his love for language to good use both through traveling and writing in his second language: music. An experienced composer, Phil teaches and writes both electronic music and music for media. Phil has been interviewed on the TODAY Show and featured on CBS 2 News, Anderson Cooper 360, and in the Journal News for his work as an education activist. Passionate about many different societal and institutional issues, Phil has shifted his current focus towards veganism and environmentalism.