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10 Ethical Backpacks

ethical backpacks and rucksacks uk

ethical backpacks and rucksacks uk

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

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 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.  It’s €89.95 direct from Fjallraven.

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 on eBay for £28 (2019 edit: it’s no longer available on eBay – but I have found it on Amazon* instead).

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.

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

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 (£120) 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 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. What Daisy Did Brooklyn Backpack

ethical rucksack uk

If you are looking for a bag with an added feel-good factor then look no further than 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.

2019 update – the What Daisy Did shop is sadly now closed.

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 are so confident in the quality of our construction that every rucksack comes with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing faults.

2019 update – sadly Hawthorn rucksacks are no longer available.

10. Millican Roll Pack

millican recycled rucksack gorse

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.

If you found this post useful then you might also enjoy my guide to ethical clothing brands for women and ethical clothing brands for men.

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My Thriftiest Shopping Tip…

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thrifty online shopping tip

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It’s the very start of June, and last week we saw the hottest day of the year.  What are you thinking about, clothes wise?  Purchasing a new swimsuit?  A pair of sandals?  Some t-shirts?  If you are, then you might be missing a trick…

My favourite thriftiest shopping tip ever is in summer to head to eBay and search for winter specific goods I know I’m going to need later in the year.  Yes, winter, you read that correctly!  If you want to be super thrifty you have to think out of season.

My brain is not in winter mode right now.  It’s filled with thoughts of fixing up our garden, and trips to the beach and barbecues and sunny ferry rides to Millport.  But what I will do over the next couple of weeks is sit down and have a quick think to see if there is anything that I know needs replacing in time for next winter.

Previous summer eBay purchases of mine include a winter jacket, a foot muff for the buggy, snowsuits for my girls, and other such winter weather gear, all at really really low prices.  This year I know one of those purchases will include a smart winter coat because my old one is on it’s last legs after being worn every winter for the past 7 years.  I’m thinking something like this, and notice there’s no bids on this beautiful jacket at time of writing with only a few days of the auction to go.

When you’re bidding on items the majority of people aren’t looking to buy right now because of the warm weather and summer holidays, the price is considerably lower than when you’re trying to buy, say a winter coat in November.  You’re bidding against less people and more likely to get the items you want at the lowest possible price.

Worried about choice?  Don’t worry – eBay is brimming over with winter goods right now.  People who have cleared out their wardrobes in spring might only finally get round to listing their items on eBay in summer time as they need a little extra spending money for their holidays.  I’m certainly guilty as charged on this – there is a pile of stuff sitting in my hall that has sat there since March that I am determined to list this week!

What is your thriftiest shopping tip?  Any other good eBay tips?  Do share your thrifty tips in the comments below!

ps: 10 other eBay shopping tips