Inspiration Totes by Ann Veronica

Buy one of these sturdy canvas bags and you'll be supporting a charitable cause, too. "Gear and Gadgets" from our August 7, 2008, CW Reckonings.

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Ann Veronica will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Inspiration Friendship Totes (above) to Good Shepherd Food-Bank.Courtesy Ann Veronica

If it's high time you replace that worn canvas bag you've been hauling around since you owned your first boat, consider replacing it with a new one from Ann Veronica. This company, based in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, features canvas tote bags, handbags, and cotton accessories in nautically themed, silk-screened designs.

Every Ann Veronica bag is hand sewn and hand printed using the heaviest weight all-natural canvas as well as all-natural dyes. No two tote bags are alike, all are made of 100-percent biodegradable cotton canvas and are eco-friendly, and every bag is individually designed and signed at the studio by the craftspeople who make them.

This fall, Ann Veronica will launch "Inspiration Totes," a line of bags with a philanthropic twist. The three designs are named after a Maine town that embodies community, optimism, and environmental stewardship, and 10 percent of the proceeds from each bag sold will be donated to a particular charity.

The Inspiration Friendship Tote is named after the town of Friendship. This working lobster harbor is home of the Friendship Sloop, and 10 percent of sales will support Good Shepherd Food-Bank in the fight against hunger and poverty. The Inspiration Hope Tote is named after the town of Hope, and 10 percent of sales will go to help children at St. Jude's Children Hospital who are facing catastrophic illnesses. The Inspiration Unity Tote is named after the town of Unity, and 10 percent of sales will support environmental education and Camp Chewonki for Girls through The Chewonki Foundation.

For more information, visit (www.annveronica.com).