Sustainable Backpacks

Updated: 4 days ago

It's that time of the year! While the idea of long days in class filled with long nights of studying may not be exciting, why not start it off on a positive note? This list is perfect for those either looking for a new backpack for school or for everyday use!

Alchemy Goods

The Brooklyn Backpack is made from 72% of recycled material! The primary material of this backpack is made from bicycle inner tubes that are acquired from bicycle shops across the nation. It features a rubber exterior made from recyclable material that not only makes it sleek and unique, but also waterproof! This backpack also has plenty of pockets and a padded laptop sleeve; perfect for the college techy!

Another bag from this brand is the Jefferson Messenger. It's made from waxed canvas and has a recycled bicycle inner tubing exterior. It's perfect for carrying your everyday essentials and even fits a 15'' laptop!

Haiku

The Discover Tote backpack is something I’m personally eyeing for myself! This bag can be worn as both a tote over the shoulder, or a backpack using the adjustable handles! In addition to a large main compartment, it comes with an interior laptop pocket, and several exterior pockets. Perfect for holding textbooks and your reusable water bottle! The fabric of this bag is made from 100% recycled polyester from plastic water bottles and is 100% vegan! How cool is that?!

The Trailblazer Travel backpack is made from 32 recycled water bottles and is 100% vegan. It has a padded compartment on the side for your laptop and two larger exterior pockets for your other everyday necessities. It’s even got pockets for your reusable water bottle on the side! There are adjustable backpack straps if you decide to wear it as a backpack and tote handles.

To Go Convertible Messenger Bag: This bag can double as both a backpack and a messenger style cross-body simply by adjusting the straps. It has plenty of room to hold your books for class or your weekend getaway essentials! The main fabric is made of 100% recycled polyester, making it water resistant and perfect for protecting your belongings. This bag is also made from more than 17 recycled water bottles and comes in several designs!

Green Guru

The Joyride Roll-Top Backpack is perfect for the individual who isn’t into too many pockets! It has large flap on the top of the bag, allowing quick and easy access to your belongings. The bag can even be rolled down and adjusted if you have a lot of extra room and want to lighten the load! This backpack is completely handmade and made from up-cycled street signs and nylon factory scraps. It also comes in black!

36L High Roller Pannier Backpack: For those of you that love to use bicycles to where you need to go, this bag is perfect for you! This back of the bag comes with straps that attach to your bicycle for easy transport. It also has plenty of room to hold all of your items! It’s made from up-cycled bicycle inner tubes, making the exterior waterproof to keep your stuff nice and dry.

Recover

Similar to the Brooklyn Backpack by Alchemy Goods, the Biketube backpack is also made from recycled rubber inner tubes. The sleek exterior makes it perfect for rugged weather, and the reflective chain keeps you safe at night!

Lego

If you’re looking for a sustainable backpack either for your child or for the child in you, take a look at these Lego backpacks on Earth Hero! Each of these Lego backpacks come in fun shades and designs! These Lego backpacks are made from rPET fabric from post-consumer water bottles. This type of fabric reduces the use of energy by 50% and water by 20%! It’s also made from 13 recycled plastic bottles! Check out the assortment of Lego backpacks at Earth Hero!

Apple Park

This line of backpacks, such as the Purple Owl Little Kids Backpack is perfect for your young ones! They come in a multitude of cute and colorful designs. It has tons of space to hold their stuff and is made from 24 recycled plastic water bottles. Check out Earth Hero for this brand's other designs and styles!

TenTree

If you’re looking for a backpack that’s functional, has a gorgeous scenery design, is made from recycled material, AND gives back to the planet, this bag is for you! The Mobious backpack has a gorgeous scenery design and comes with a 15’’ laptop sleeve. If you’re wanting a smaller bag when you’ve got a lighter load, it can easily convert from 16L to 35L! This bag is also made from 100% recycled polyester and BLOOM Algae Foam, the first plant-based foam of its kind! In addition, when you make a purchase from Tentree, they plant ten trees! You’re even given a token upon purchase to see where your trees will be planted! How cool is that?!

BAGGU

If you’re looking for something simpler to just carry your basic necessities, then consider the Drawstring Backpack by BAGGU. It’s light-weight but still very roomy. It’s able to hold a 13’’ laptop as well! It comes in a variety of colors and is made from recycled cotton!