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11 Sustainable Backpacks For All Your Eco Friendly Adventuring


How bad was your cabin fever?

If it was anything like ours during lock-down, you’re no doubt appreciating (and embracing) the great outdoors like never before.

Of course, while you’re oggling over the view beyond your kitchen window don’t forget a trusty backpack to keep your stuff safe.

Let’s just make sure we’re not sacrificing the safety of our planet in choosing one though.

That’s where eco friendly and sustainable backpacks can help us pack up our everyday essentials while leaving our eco woes at home.

Because the hike downhill is always more fun, we’ll start at the top – the top eco friendly backpacks, that is. 

Solgaard gets full marks for its do-it-all design and innovation, all the while using recycled materials.

For eco friendly hiking backpacks, there’s nothing more comfortable for your back or the planet than the recycled backpacks from Patagonia.

Need a little schooling on what makes the best sustainable backpacks, hike on down to the end of the article.

*This post contains affiliate links

1. SOLGAARD

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About Solgaard

Looking for sustainable backpacks for school, college, the office and everything in between?

Solgaard and their ultra-versatile “gear for global citizens” is your best bet.

They offer eco backpacks to eco friendly luggage: the Artemis, Hustle, Packable Daypack, Shore-Tex™ Daypack, and several variations of their best-selling Shore-Tex™ Lifepack.

We love the Lifepack which we personally tested. It comes with an in-built solar panel and power bank, anti-theft lock, and optional integrated solar-powered boombox.

It also features a “suitcase seat belt” to strap it to the handle of rolling luggage, drop proof laptop sleeve, a semi-rigid flat bottom so it can stand upright, wipe-clean water resistant bottom, and an integrated USB port for on-the-go charging.

Solgaard‘s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Solgaard’s Shore-Tex™ and Artemis environmentally friendly backpacks are made entirely of recycled ocean-bound plastic, so they’re on point when they claim they’re “Sustainable AF”.

The solar boombox encasement is also made of recycled ocean plastic called Shore-Plast™.

Only their Hustle Backpack differs, being made of polyurethane vegan leather.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Solgaard is based out of New York City, but much of their team works remotely from around the world.

Otherwise, we’re checking on their manufacturing partner locations and worker protections in place.

Green business practices: 

Solgaard backs every product with a 10-year warranty in an effort to ensure their products get to enjoy a really long life of adventure.

They are also working toward carbon neutrality.

Community & charitable giving: 

Aside from using recycled plastic in some of their products, they also partner with The Plastic Bank, an ocean plastic recovery organization based in the Philippines that employs locals.

For each item sold, they remove 5 pounds of plastic trash from the ocean.

Available: Solgaard

2. 8000KICKS

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About 8000Kicks

8000Kicks wants you to “hemp yourself up from head to toe”.

In addition to recycled shoes that combine recycled rubber and algae with their signature fabric, hemp, this Portuguese brand also offers a completely natural sustainable backpack.

The Everyday Backpack combines a minimalist look—in several stylish tri-color block designs—with thoughtful functionality.

They’re 18L but expand up to 30L, and feature a 15-inch laptop pouch and embedded USB plug.

8000Kicks’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Each eco friendly backpack is made of 100% durable hemp fabric.

Because hemp is naturally water repellent, these packs are waterproof without the use of PFCs.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

8000Kicks manufacturers in both China and Portugal. 

Both factories are inspected often, especially since an 8000Kicks representative is stationed in both locations.

Free healthcare and education are available for the workers in the Portuguese factory.

Green business practices: 

Their Portuguese and Chinese factories use ~50% renewable and ~40% renewable energy, respectively, and 8000Kicks works with them to keep increasing this number.

As a vegan shoe brand, 8000Kicks never uses leather, in shoes or backpacks. This means the carbon emissions from producing their shoes are 1/20 that of leather shoes.

They offset all emissions through tree planting and hemp farming.

Available: 8000Kicks

3. UNITED BY BLUE

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About United By Blue

“Change comes in waves” thanks in part to the efforts made by Certified B-corp United By Blue.

From sustainable swimwear to fair trade sweaters, United By Blue provides, no matter the season. 

Their (R)evolution™ line of recycled environmentally friendly backpacks is available in a variety of colors and sizes.

Designed for technical outdoor use, but sleek and unassuming in appearance, these stylish sustainable backpacks are equally suitable for your long hike to work through the concrete jungle.

United By Blue’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All (R)evolution™ packs are 100% recycled backpacks, featuring a water-resistant recycled plastic bottle body, recycled polyester lining, recycled nylon straps, and a blend of recycled nylon and poly air mesh padding.

All aluminum hardware is recyclable. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Their above-average impact score of 80.1 has earned them the title of B-Corp’s ‘Best for the World Honoree’ three years in a row.

All manufacturing occurs in just seven GOTS, OCS, and/or Fair Trade certified factories across Turkey, China, Vietnam, and the USA. 

Their backpacks specifically are made in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Green business practices: 

UBB is working to #QuitSingleUse by removing poly bags, plastic hang tags, fabric roll packaging, shrink/bubble wrap, and plastic tape from operations.

For goal deadlines and progress, see their yearly Impact Report

The eco friendly backpacks come with a Lifetime Guarantee.

Community & charitable giving: 

United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the ocean for every product sold.

Beyond paying for that dirty work, they aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, too, with company-run and organized beach cleanups.

Available: United By Blue

4. FJÄLLRÄVEN

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About Fjällräven

From the idyllic mountains of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, Fjällräven puts the environment first.

So much so that you’ll be hard-pressed to find better sustainable outdoor backpacks than theirs.

From casual daypacks to hiking backpacks, from earthy tones to rustic color palettes for that understated adventurer—a good option for sustainable mens backpacks—but with 55 colors available, the choice is yours.

Fjällräven’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Fjällräven’s Preferred Materials And Fibres List rates their materials into categories: excellent (recycled wool, organic hemp, and Tencel®); good (recycled polyester, G-1000 Eco and traceable woo)l; OK, (polyamide, cotton, metal buttons); and those they don’t use, (PFCs, PVCs and angora wool).

Their sustainable backpack materials fall into the “good” category simply because the “excellent” ones wouldn’t be as durable.

They include mostly waterproof Bergshell fabric made from recycled nylon, G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco (a densely woven blend of recycled polyester and organic cotton), and recycled Corylon for fabric reinforcement.

A few packs include bits of wool, which is either recycled or sourced ethically via their animal welfare policy, and their trekking packs bear an FSC-certified birch wood frame.

Their Kånken packs are made of synthetic Vinylon F, which swell when they become damp making the weave tighter and the product weather resistant sans chemical treatment.

Speaking of chemicals, the Fjällräven Chemical Guideline was compiled with the help of the Swedish Chemicals Group and all products are tested rigorously in labs for non-toxicity.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

As members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Fair Labor Association and committed to the UN Global Compact, Fjällräven has a “non-negotiable” Code of Conduct for which they provide compliance training and support for all members of their supply chain.

These entities are also subject to brand visits and regular third party audits.

Green business practices: 

Intentionally using just one or two materials makes their packs easier to recycle (eventually by the brand’s infant recycling program).

Beyond that, they work hard to design “gear for generations” achieved through repairable designs, rigorous product testing, durable materials, and “emotional longevity” for timeless products that will never go out of style. 

They just launched the Samlaren initiative, through which they are providing “new adventure for leftover fabrics” via limited-run capsule collections.

Hoping to go carbon neutral by 2025, they purchase carbon offsets to support UN verified renewable energy projects.

Community & charitable giving: 

Fjällräven means “arctic fox” in Swedish, and for over fifteen years, they’ve been funding scientists at Stockholm University to research the effects of climate change on the Scandinavian arctic fox.

In honor of the project that started it all, they now host the Arctic Fox Initiative, a grant program to which any environmental non-profit can apply. Winners are chosen by a jury and public voting system.

Available: REI

5. COTOPAXI

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About Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi, named after the iconic active volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes where founder Davis Smith spent a lot of time growing up, is on a simple yet inspiring mission to “do good”.  

For your low-impact lugging purposes, shop their Del Dia bags, available in everything from packable daypacks to their Allpa travel pack (with built-in packing cubes).

Part of their larger (Re)Purpose™ Collection, these bags “make leftovers shine” with their bold and fun color combos that’ll make you stand out on the trail, town, or wherever you choose to sport it. 

Each maker is given full creative choice over the color combo so Cotopaxi hopes you’ll see it as a signature of the artisan behind it.

Cotopaxi’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

“Made With (Re)Purpose™”, all Del Dia vegan eco friendly backpacks are made from leftover fabric from other companies’ larger production runs. In other words, deadstock is the word of del dia

Supply chain & labor practices: 

“We’re into funky; we’re into sustainable; we’re into treating those who sew our products with respect.”

As a Certified B Corp, Cotopaxi holds all factories to a rigorous code of conduct, verified by third-party audits.

All backpacks are made in Bataan, Philippines. This Higg Index assessed factory specializes in collecting fabric scraps making the recycled Del Dia line possible. 

All of their yearly impact and benefit corp reports are available on their website.

Green business practices: 

Cotopaxi is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, offers product repairs, and offsets bulk shipping (I.E. that of other retailers) by funding Amazon reforestation projects.

Community & charitable giving: 

1% of their earnings go directly to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which awards grants to various foundations aiming to improve conditions in impoverished countries.

They also donate money and emergency kits to refugees and disaster relief funds, encourage employee volunteering, and give discounts to customers that also do good (like firefighters and first responders).

Available: Cotopaxi

6. PATAGONIA

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About Patagonia

We can’t mention any sustainable outdoor clothing or adventure-specific gear without a shout-out to Patagonia.

With over 30 different packs, divided into casual and technical, Patagonia has your back quite literally covered.

Some are most sustainable than others, but their most eco friendly backpacks are their 100% recycled Arbor packs and Black Hole® eco backpacks.

For an eco friendly hiking backpack, have a look at the Cragsmith and Middle Fork recycled backpacks, designed to carry your eco friendly climbing rope and vegan climbing shoes with ease.

Patagonia’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Patagonia’s sustainable vegan backpacks are largely recycled nylon or recycled polyester, though some feature virgin percentages of each.

For the best recycled backpacks, the Black Hole® backpacks (which are 100% recycled) are a stand out. They’re made of entirely bluesign® approved recycled polyester, including the lining, ripstop exterior, and even straps and external webbing.

The Arbor backspacks are also recycled and are dyed with a solution that uses 1/2 gallon of waterless and 96% less CO2 per bag.

All sustainable waterproof backpacks are PVC-free, phthalate-free, and treated with a PFC-free DWR (durable water repellent) finish.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Want to know why Fair Trade certified Patagonia consistently falls in the top 20 brands of Fashion Revolution’s Fashion Transparency Index?

In The Footprint Chronicles, you’ll find the answer. At the bottom of each product page you can learn about where the item is manufactured, and much more.

Their entire line of eco friendly fair trade backpacks and duffels are manufactured in Kanaan Saigon Co., Ltd in Vietnam.

Green business practices: 

72% of Patagonia products use recycled fabrics, 100% of their cotton is organic, they use a Zero-Wastewater Discharging System to make their Black Hole® line, among many other green initiatives.

Currently, their shipping materials consist of kraft paper hangtags on the garments and partially recycled polybags.

While you can recycle these poly bags in any Patagonia store, that still excludes a lot of folds, so they’re testing various biodegradable and paper-based alternatives.

Community & charitable giving: 

As founders of one of the biggest charitable brand programs around, 1% for the Planet, it’s safe to say Patagonia is passionate about giving back.

Beyond donating a percentage of their profits, they also work on political fronts to fight for the environment and promote responsible business practices across the industry.

Visit the Patagonia Action Works page to learn how you can get involved in your local communtiy.

Available: Patagonia

7. LO & SONS

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About Lo & Sons

Lo & Sons was founded by Helen Lo (a woman with an amazing life story) and her sons.

They create a handful of styles of backpacks to choose from, most of which are unisex so you can shop here for eco friendly backpacks for men or women.

Each one bears a sleeve on the back so as to seamlessly integrate with the handle of their (or any other) luggage.

Lo & Sons’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Most Lo & Sons ethically made backpacks utilize recycled plastic bottle polyester, with some featuring up to 100% of this material.

If you’d prefer more professional-looking sustainable backpacks for college or work some are made with vegetable-tanned Vachetta leather.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

As members of the Future Fit Changemaker Community, Lo & Sons believes “it’s not enough to ‘do no harm'”.

They keep their overseas factory closely monitored for fair labor practices.

To bring some production back to US soil, they’ve partnered with a small solar-powered domestic workshop for capsule collections.

Green business practices: 

Between solar energy in production, converting wastewater into drinking water, repairing, and reselling used bags via The Renewal Workshop, there are loads of green initiatives in the Lo & Sons supply chain.

They’re switching to biodegradable poly shipping bags and making 75% of their products eco friendly by 2025.

Community & charitable giving: 

Lo & Sons donates regularly to Brooklyn Bridge Park and EcoHealth Alliance.

Available: Lo & Sons

8. TERRA THREAD

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About Terra Thread

Terra Thread is taking us back(pack) to basics with their simple, yet all-purpose fair trade sustainable backpacks.

They want to help you “choose a bag you are proud to carry.”

Reliably simple and budget-friendly, these are especially suitable to use as sustainable school backpacks—you know, for all those zero waste school supplies!

Terra Thread’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All these affordable eco backpacks are made of 100% Fairtrade GOTS organic cotton canvas dyed with low impact organic dyes.

They feature lead-free zippers and buckles.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Terra Thread manufactures in a Fair Trade USA certified factory in India.

Fair pay and good conditions aside, they also pay into a Fair Trade premium account controlled by the workers themselves and used for things like community development, education, healthcare, clean water, and leadership training. 

Green business practices: 

As a carbon-neutral business, they measure all impacts from each stage (fiber, production-factory, and transportation) and invest in projects to offset emissions.

Community & charitable giving: 

Every ethical backpack purchased allows Terra Thread to donate money to Feeding America who provides meals to children, families, and seniors in need.

Available: Terra Thread

9. GULU MADE

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About GULU Made

GULU Made wants you to “give your back a hug”.

How do you do that?

With one of their sustainable backpacks, of course. Or one of their totes (some of which convert into backpacks), laptop bags, small bags, and organizers.

Being “intentionally over-engineered for organization”, these backpacks are designed for versatility and comfort with contoured and vented back panels and naturally curved shoulder straps.

They also each include a padded laptop sleeve whose false bottom protects in the case of accidental drops.

GULU Made’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Virgin nylon isn’t our favorite fabric, but it does provide durability (against tears, dirt, and water) which is why this is GULU’s material of choice for their ethical backpacks.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Designed in Boulder, CO and handmade in Gulu, Uganda, each eco friendly backpack helps create sustainable employment for women in a country where there are few safe working opportunities.

Historically, women in Gulu were trained in sewing skills in the aftermath of the civil war, but opportunities to use these skills are still limited.

So while Uganda is an unusual choice for manufacturing, this is precisely why GULU picked this country.

Green business practices:

GULU believes your “bag should last as long as you do” which is why their products are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Available: GULU Made

10. DARE TO ROAM

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About Dare To Roam

Do you Dare To Roam?

If so, let this brand guide you, because they’re also daring to do something different.

Their innovative anti-microbial backpacks are intentionally minimalist without skimping on functional features like pockets and integrated tech sleeves.

If you’re on a budget, these are some of the most affordable sustainable backpacks available, at under $100.

You can choose from four styles: Prodigy, Mini Prodigy, Maven, and Packable (one of the best sustainable backpacks for travel, BTW).

Dare to Roam’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

These eco friendly backpacks are crafted from 100% recycled nylon infused with antimicrobial Silverplus technology. This is an EPA-registered, medical-grade silver additive that eliminates the spread of bacteria, mold, and fungi.

They bear a water resistant finish and 100% polyester lining, though this part isn’t recycled.

Supply chain & labor practices:

A Certified B Corp that “fully embrace[s] fair trade practices, fair and living wages for workers”, Dare To Roam takes the time to know their supply chain.

Their fabric is sourced from South Korea and the fair trade backpacks are made in China at a regularly audited factory that adheres to their corporate social responsibility guidelines.

Green business practices:

Why antimicrobial technology?

Because it keeps your backpack cleaner for longer (resulting in less washing) and increases its overall longevity. 

Their shipping materials include biodegradable plant-based shipping bags, corrugated mailers, recycled poly-bags, and recyclable boxes.

Community & charitable giving:

Woman and POC-founded Dare To Roam is the brainchild of Ciara (yes, THE Ciara) and they strive to be 100% inclusive when it comes to brand representation.

Ciara and Russell Wilson also founded the Why Not You Foundation, to which 3% of all Dare to Roam profits are donated toward its child mentorship projects.

Available: Dare To Roam

11. DAY OWL

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About Day Owl

If you like minimalist designs and optimizing for versatility, here’s a rather wise brand for you.

Day Owl provides “everything you need, nothing you don’t” with its range of simple 100% recycled backpacks.

They include a spacious main compartment, padded laptop sleeve, spill-resistant bottle pocket, floating top pocket, and front pocket.

Despite only two styles of eco friendly laptop backpacks (The Backpack and the Slim Backpack), you’re sure to find your soul-color with their array of shades.

Day Owl’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The sustainable backpack bodies are made from First Mile™ waxed canvas, which is to say they’re made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

This is combined with a 100% recycled polyester lining and trim, algae foam laptop sleeve, water repellant neoprene, and conflict-free metal YKK zippers.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Day Owl is a Certified B Corp and joins some of the best sustainable clothing brands as a member of the Mission Brand Alliance.

The plastic bottles are sourced in Taiwan through First Mile and the manufacturing occurs at the Kim Ta factory in Vietnam.

They host a Seasonal Summit so customers can learn about upcoming impact initiatives.

Green business practices:

Day Owl’s recycled backpacks start in the landfill and “never go back”.

How?

Because of their one of a kind backpack recycling program that actually recycles any brand’s backpacks. 

Get their free recycle kit by filling out a simple form and they’ll send a prepaid label for you to mail it back to them.

In pursuit of achieving full circularity, they take these recycled bags and either salvage them for parts and materials or clean and repair them for resale. Join the waitlist to be notified when these limited preloved batches drop.

All backpack recycling and repair happens in-house in their workshop in Pittsburg, PA.

Community & charitable giving:

Day Owl helps support the world of their sister organizations (with whom they also share office space): First Mile and DoWork

We’ve already seen the impact of the first, but the latter helps provide stable, meaningful employment for people in Haiti.

Available: Day Owl

WHY BACK ECO BACKPACKS?

Remember the excitement of School shopping as a kid, and the most anticipated item was always…a new backpack.

Backpacks are strangely a common source of waste though, especially since most are still useable long beyond when we deem them “out of style”.

Children may cycle through backpacks like loose-leaf paper, but they aren’t the only ones responsible (besides, it’s us adults who buy them).

It’s time we start changing our speed on how often we change our satchels. By opting for more durable pieces, we can keep backpacks around much longer.

Beyond that, we need to choose sustainably made backpacks that can actually biodegrade and compost at their end of life. Currently, the majority of backpacks are made of plastic (and even toxic PVC, which is concerning since our children often use these).  

Let’s pack up all these unsustainable options and start seeking the best sustainable backpack brands that have both ours and the planet’s back.


HOW WE FOUND THE BEST ECO FRIENDLY BACKPACKS

You know what shopping for new backpacks means… back to school (or the office, we guess).

Even if you’re well beyond your school days, you’re never too old to learn something new, so we thought we’d briefly school you all on our sustainable and ethical fashion criteria so you know just how brands make the grade. 

Here’s the Sparknotes version of what makes the best eco friendly backpacks:

Materials:

Organic cotton certainly had its place in some of these bags, but the majority of backpacks are made using synthetic fabrics, which aren’t inherently bad, as long as they’re recycled.

Recycled polyester and recycled nylon might actually be considered one of the most sustainable fabrics used for backpacks simply because synthetics can be woven into far more durable and weather resistant materials than natural fibers.

Since the best sustainable backpacks are those that last, that’s a big pro for polyester.

Many backpacks are also treated with water and stain repellent finishes, and for those that were, we looked for brands using eco friendly options, like wax, and BPA and PFC-free DWR coatings.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Finding fair trade backpacks was as much of a priority as finding environmentally sustainable backpacks.

That didn’t necessarily mean the brand has to be certified Fair Trade or a certified B-corp (as that can be expensive, especially for smaller brands), but it does mean we looked for some form of proof or confirmation that a brand adheres to fair trade labor practices.

This is often a grey area (or rather a faux green one thanks to all the greenwashing out there).

One way for brands that aren’t certified by third parties to prove this is by providing access to a company Code of Conduct that all suppliers and manufacturers are legally or contractually required to abide by.

Green business practices:

Other ways makers of the best eco backpacks minimize their impact is by using renewable energy, recycling wastewater, supporting carbon offset programs, offering recycling and repair services, and using plastic-free packaging.

Charitable endeavors:

Brands that make backpacks?

More like brands that give back!

Most of these sustainable backpack brands did this either by donating money, planting trees, cleaning beaches, or something as seemingly small as giving their staff paid hours to get out and volunteer. 

Each little bit of effort does not go unnoticed in our research.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST SUSTAINABLE BACKPACKS

If you’re doing the back-to-school shopping for you (or your kiddo) it can be a sustainable exercise.

How?

By choosing an ethical and sustainable backpack (perhaps alongside an eco friendly water bottle, too).

But let’s back(pack) it up for just a second.

Jot down this note, because it’ll be on the exam: the most sustainable backpack is the one you already own. Use this list when you need a new one, not to just fit in with the cool kids on the playground or in the conference room.

Feel free to pass notes (under the eco friendly desk – not required) and give this a share so we can get packing while still backing our planet.

Class dismissed!


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