10 Ethical Backpacks

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


fjallraven re-kanken ethical 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

baggu ethical backpack uk

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

timbuk2 leader ethical backpacks

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

Trakke Fingal Rucksack

If you are looking for something produced a little more locally, Trakke bags are handmade in Glasgow using durable materials sourced within the UK.

This Fingal rucksack (£95) is made from waxed canvas, and can be re-waxed when required.  It’s sure to be a trusty travel companion for decades to come.

5. M-24 Recycled Tarpaulin Backpack

M-24 ethical backpacks

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

matt and nat 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

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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

patagonia recycled polyester 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

hawthorn ethical backpacks uk

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.

This compact laptop backpack (£140) is currently out of stock but you can request to receive an email when it’s back in stock.

10. Millican Roll Pack

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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.


Ten Things


Hello hello!  I took an unexpected two week break from Ten Things to do summer things with my kids.  They are only little once, and I didn’t want to spent the summer with the computer on my lap, so I put it down.  Instead we have done things like hang out on Millport (above) and visited the Glasgow Science Centre (both highly recommended if you are anywhere near the west coast of Scotland).

We’ve also hung out in various soft play centres (not so highly recommended!) on wet days, and played in parks on sunny days, and we have even bought a secondhand tag-along so we can do some family cycling over the rest of the summer.  We haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll let you know how we get on!

And right now we are counting down the days until the Edinburgh Festival comes to town so we can catch some shows!  If you have any recommendations let me know!

Ok, on to the links!

1.  Firstly, there has been a lot of bad news in the press lately.  A lot.  If, like me, you’re a little fatigued from reading tomes of doom and gloom then try this – why 2017 may be the best year ever.

2.  Marie Claire launched their first ever sustainability issue.  Maybe, just maybe, this might just be the start of ethical fashion becoming more mainstream.

3.  US style mega farms have reached the UK, and they aren’t pleasant.

4.  Why food has fairtrade labels but clothing doesn’t.

5.  The strongest case against single use plastic I’ve seen – and one of those moments that makes you realise there is no “away” when you throw something away.  Just someplace else.  Like this island.

6.  “Why I think ethical fashion is a privileged white girl thing“.  An interesting read.

7.  Me, pretty much every time I catch any political news.

8.  Dirt is good?  Where do you sit on this?  I’m very much of the opinion that not all bacteria is bad bacteria, and that kids need exposure to bacteria to build up their immune systems.  But licking a dummy that’s fallen on the ground?  I’m not so sure…!

9.  Got leftovers from Sunday lunch?  Here are 30 vegan recipes for leftovers.  I’m hankering after number 12.

10.  And finally, I’m really lucky and don’t have this problem, but if you do then here are 3 things to remember if you’re eco friendly and your spouse isn’t.

And from the Moral Fibres archives that you might have missed:

1.  Want to eat organic but money is tight?  Here are the organic foods that you don’t need to buy (and those that are worth buying).

2.  How to dry clean at home.

3.  Eco clothes labels, explained.

Have a good weekend!  In a slightly more unusual sign off, I’m off to an eighties fancy dress party with a bunch of old friends.  I’m dressing up as Kevin from Dexy’s Midnight Runners!  Oh yes!  Hope you have a good one, whatever you end up doing!