Here’s a selection of our favorite eco-friendly backpacks, from brands that have a proven track record in sustainable fashion.
It’s that time of year again. Summer is winding down, the leaves are beginning to change color, and that first day of school is just around the corner. You have almost everything you need except for a backpack. But not just any backpack, you need a backpack that is free of leather and any other animal-derived materials which is where things can get a little tricky.
Thankfully, there are many practical, chic, eco-friendly, and sturdy vegan backpacks that will have you ready for school in no time.
Matt & Nat’s Brave Backpack
Matt & Nat is a vegan brand that incorporates recyclable materials into their goods. The “Matt” and “Nat” in their name are not nicknames for people but, rather, short for material and nature.
The Brave backpack is $145 and it comes in several chic and modern colors ranging from the bold ruby to the serene sky. It has a top zipper closure, adjustable straps, a smartphone pocket, and it can fit a 13″ laptop. You’ll also want to check out their vegan-friendly sandals.
Jeane & Jax’s Zoe Compact Backpack
Jeane & Jax is a vegan handbag brand that designs bags that are both cruelty-free and affordable. The Zoe Compact Backpack is $85 and is made of 100% vegan leather. It has two compartments with zip closures, adjustable straps, an inner phone pouch, and light gold hardware.
Eve’s Genesis Vegan Backpack
Eve is a vegan-approved brand that values sustainability and luxury. They incorporate cork into their products, the majority of which is found in rural areas of Portugal. The Genesis backpack is $165 and utilizes premium cork fabric and natural cotton. It has a top flap closure over the main compartment, two exterior zip pockets, an interior zip pocket, and a cork pocket that is suitable for your phone or keys.
Emperia’s Amelia Backpack
Emperia designs eco-friendly, vegan leather handbags that are designer-inspired and high quality at competitive prices. The Amelia backpack is $89 USD and is feminine and chic. It is offered in black, taupe, and merlot and is studded with gold, metal accents. The straps are adjustable and it has a compartment with a gold zipper closure.
Doshi’s Knapsack Backpack
Doshi FCSA (Fine Clothes Shoes and Accessories) is a brand that offers vegan-friendly handbags, backpacks, belts, briefcases, and accessories. They value eco-friendliness, sustainability, and fair treatment of their factory workers. The Knapsack Backpack is $169 and has a sleek, professional, and clean design. It’s made of microfiber leather and nylon shell. It’s offered in two sizes (medium and large) and has a laptop compartment.
Free People’s Madison Backpack
Free People is an apparel brand with a whimsical bohemian style. The Madison Backpack is $88 and is made of vegan leather. It has a soft, comfortable texture and removable straps, which can take this bag from backpack to crossbody or shoulder bag. It has three compartments with zipper closures, as well as zipper accents.
MeDusa’s Olive Backpack
MeDusa is a unique brand that is inspired by the colors and patterns of sea life. Their designs are all eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and durable. The Olive Backpack is $125 and is both small and handmade. It has two compartments with zipper closures and adjustable back straps.
JW Pei’s Drawstring Vegan Backpack
JW Pei is a brand that designs luxury vegan handbags using recycled bottles. Their mission is to encourage a future where fashion is cruelty-free and waste-free. The Drawstring Backpack is $159. It’s available in several colors that take this backpack from minimal to professional to bold. Their luxury vegan leather is soft to the touch, as well as beautiful, durable, and lightweight. It has two compartments with zipper closures and adjustable straps. The Drawstring Backpack is also offered in a mini version that is $139.
Incase’s ICON Backpack
Incase is an American brand that designs bags with clean designs, that are environmentally-friendly, and that are compatible with the latest Apple technology. The ICON Backpack is $199.95. It’s efficient and practical with several inner compartments with zipper closures featuring multiple inner pockets for storing small items, such as your phone and keys. It can fit up to the 15″ MacBook Pro and the padded shoulder straps are adjustable. The “Power Pocket” contains an integrated cable port, offering portable audio or power.
From practical to minimal to eco-friendly to eye-catching, there are many vegan backpacks on the market that will be perfect for your back-to-school needs.