The high street can be a tricky place to navigate if you have concerns over ethical production, but it is possible to shop for stylish, ethical handbags without spending a fortune if you know where to look. Generally speaking, the more you pay for your bag, the more likely it is to have been made under fair conditions, but to be absolutely sure you need to look into the credentials of the manufacturer.

All of the bags in this round-up have been ethically made under completely sweathshop-free conditions, and are soled by reputable outlets that guarantee as far as possible that their suppliers treat their workers with respect. They've all also been approved as stylish and desirable for the current season by our bag-loving editor, so you won't have to put any of your fashion principles aside to uphold your ethical scruples. Featuring all the biggest current trends, including satchels, metallics, fringing and strong, bright colours - there really is something here for all tastes. Prices start at just £26.

Click on the link about to see our favourite ethical and fairtrade handbags for spring summer 2013