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:
10 Ethical Backpacks
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1. Fjallraven Re-Kanken Backpack
If you are looking for something practical to tote along your daily belongings, then Fjallraven has 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 its life. Expect to shell out around £80.
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
on eBay for £28 (2020 edit: it’s no longer available on eBay – but I have found it on Amazon* instead).
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. What’s more, there is the opportunity to buy spare parts if you need to replace something on your bag.
2019 update – the backpack is no longer available on the Timbuk2 website and shipping to the UK is quite pricey. The best UK selection of Timbuk2 bags I have found is on Amazon*.
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, and vegan then do check out Matt and Nat. Matt and Nat’s range of vegan bags are made responsibly and are lined with 100% recycled nylon.
This Matt and Nat Brave bag in azure, available at ASOS*, is currently reduced to £68.60.
7. Stubble & Co
Stubble & Co’s Adventure Bag, made largely from recycled plastic, is built for anything you can throw at it. Weatherproof and made with comfort and ease of access in mind, this is a bag you can take anywhere.
Not all parts of the bag are made from recycled plastic – Stubble & Co have only compromised with new materials when the recycled elements would have impacted on the durability of the bag. The parts made from recycled materials have passed stringent performance tests, so you can be sure that your bag is built to last.
The inside of the bag is as clever as the outside. There are an array of organised compartments for all of your belongings, for quick and easy packing and access. You’ll find special compartments for your shoes, your carry on toiletries, your laptop, your water bottle and even a special compartment for your bank card! Sounds cavernous? You can carry everything you need for a week or more in the Adventure Bag, and still take it as a carry-on piece of luggage on most major airlines.
Find the Adventure Bag for £185 direct from Stubble & Co.
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. Bagmaya’s Dakhla Backpack
If you’re after a multipurpose bag that will serve you well for weekend trips away, as well as a stylish backpack for transporting your laptop and lunch to work, then do check out Bagmaya.
Available in three colours, their 22L vegan Dakhla Backpack has been ethically handcrafted in Nepal from 100% natural hemp. It has a padded internal compartment for laptops up to 17”, and has handy secret pockets in the back and on the strap – the latter being particularly useful for keeping your bank card or travel pass close to hand on your travels.
For extra environmental points, Baymaya offers free carbon-neutral shipping within the UK in plastic-free packaging, and they also donate 10% of their profits to Yuwa, a Nepalese youth empowerment charity.
It costs £54.95 and comes with a 60-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.
10. Millican Roll Pack
And lastly, Millican makes 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.