Looking for an ethical backpack? Well, lucky you, because I have done a bit of research and found ten lovely ethical backpacks for men and for women for your consideration:
1. Fjallraven Re-Kanken Backpack
If you are looking for something practical to tote along your daily belongings, then Fjallraven have pretty much cornered the market judging by the number I see around Edinburgh every day!
The Fjallraven Re-Kanken vegan backpack is made entirely from polyester recycled from plastic bottles, and can even be recycled at the end of it’s life. It’s €89.95 direct from Fjallraven, but I’ve found them at ASOS ranging from £53*.
2. Baggu Recycled Canvas Backpack
If you’re looking for a backpack for weekend day trips, then try this jaunty Baggu Recycled Canvas Backpack. It’s available online in the UK from Bath based, Found for £39.
3. Timbuk2 Leader Backpack
If you’re in the market for something a little more outdoorsy then this Timbuk2 Leader Backpack, available direct from Timbuk2 UK for £84, might do the trick? All Timbuk2 products have a lifetime warranty and are hand sewn in the US, and there is the opportunity to buy spare parts if you need to replace something on your bag.
4. Trakke Fingal Backpack
If you are looking for something produced a little more locally, Trakke bags are handmade in Glasgow using durable materials sourced within the UK.
5. M-24 Recycled Tarpaulin Backpack
If you want a bag that turns heads then check out M-24. M-24 make unique and incredibly sturdy ethical backpacks, manufactured in the UK from recycled truck tarpaulins and used seat belts.
Check out their tarpaulin backpacks online, where there are a whole host of colours and patterns available, from £75.
6. Matt & Nat Recycled Vegan Backpack
If you are looking for something, pretty, smart an vegan then do check out Matt and Nat. Matt and Nat’s range of vegan bags are made responsibly and and are lined with 100% recycled nylon.
This Brave bag in azur is currently reduced to £68.60.
7. What Daisy Did Brooklyn Backpack
If you are looking for a bag with an added feel good factor then look no further that Northampton based What Daisy Did.
Their wayfarer collection of bags are made in the UK from high grade recycled ex-military materials, such as waxed canvas. These materials are 99% locally sourced, and they say that where it hasn’t been possible to source recycled components they have tried to source new components from local manufacturers. They also offer employment to local homeless and vulnerable people for an added feel good factor.
This Brooklyn Backpack is £90 and comes with a three year repair or replace guarantee.
8. Patagonia Ironwood Backpack
If you want real peace of mind when you buy a backpack then definitely cast your eyes towards Patagonia. Click on the returns and repair section of Patagonia’s website and you’re presented with a reassuring statement informing you that “you can return Items(s) you bought on Patagonia.com within 100 years of the date of receipt of the Item(s). For returns past 100 years, please see our IronClad Guarantee“. You can then return it for repair, replacement or refund. They also offer a recycling program for added green points.
This Ironwood 20L Backpack (£55) is made from 600-denier 100% recycled polyester.
9. Hawthorn Compact Rucksack
If you’re not an outdoorsy type, and just want a stylish backpack for transporting your laptop and lunch to work then check out Hawthorn.
All Hawthorn rucksacks are ethically made in east London, from British waxed canvas, vegetable tanned leather and organic cotton, and Hawthorn say that they we are so confident in the quality of our construction that every rucksack comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing faults.
10. Millican Roll Pack
And lastly, Millican make a lovely range of ethical backpacks for a whole range of purposes, from commuting and short trips to longer excursions.
This 15L roll pack (£95) is made from “Bionic Canvas” – a weatherproof canvas that is 57% recycled. 33% of the recycled plastic inside the yarn is recovered from shorelines, waterways and coastal communities.