The Top Eco-Friendly Backpacks

There’s a SHIT load of options when it comes to getting the right pack. But nothing is better than finding THE ONE that meets ALL of your needs (sexual or otherwise). So we collected all of the top sustainable backpacks to help you make your choice and not feel guilty or have buyers remorse about it later. Also keep in mind, the MOST sustainable thing you can do it BUY USED! Are there any packs we missed? Let us know in the comments below! And share this post, you never know who’s lookin for a new pack (plus it’ll help us grow an audience).

Classic/Commuter Packs

 
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This is your basic bitch backpack. Not crowded with features, hidden pockets and razzle dazzle. They hold stuff, they got pockets and they look clean as hell.

 

Rareform Ace Backpack - $68.00

Avg Star Rating: 4.8 (169 reviews)

Size: 22.5 Liters, 19"H x 12"W x 6"D

Materials: 

  • Repurposed vinyl billboard exterior

  • Canvas exterior

  • Synthetic padded mesh straps

Features:

  • Padded 15” laptop sleeve

  • Internal mesh organizer pockets

  • Single front pocket

  • Very water resistant because of waterproof billboard vinyl

Helpful Videos: About Rareform

Each Design is ONE OF A KIND!

Each Design is ONE OF A KIND!

Why we like them!

Rareform upcycles discarded billboards into one of a kind packs and accessories. Because of this, no two backpacks are alike so you can choose from a ton of unique designs on their site. Also the billboard material is durable, waterproof and keeping shit out of the landfill so bunches of thumbs up there!


Terrathread Backpack - $59.00

Avg Star Rating: 5 (4 Reviews)

Size: 17"H x 12"W x 5"D

Materials:

  • Fair Trade Certified Organic Cotton

  • YKK Zips

  • Synthetic padded straps

Features:

  • 13” Laptop sleeve (not padded)

  • Single front pocket

Helpful Videos: Can’t find one a the moment...

Blue Pack

Blue Pack

Why we like them!

When you purchase a pack, they provide 20 meals to kids in need through Feeding America. Their packs are ethically made, Fair trade certified and use GOTS certified cotton (you don’t really need to know the details just know that it’s a good thing).


Beekeeper Parade Royal Backpacks - $129.00

Avg Star Rating: N/A

Size: 45cm x 30cm x 15cm = 18”H x 12”W x 6”D

Materials:

  • Fabric remnants from factories

  • Interior varies

Features:

  • Laptop compartment (unknown size)

  • Dual front pockets

  • Two side bottle pockets

  • Secret zip compartment up top for sunglasses or keys

Helpful Videos: Background of Beekeeper Parade (very touching)

Men’s Semnoz II Dark Denim

Men’s Semnoz II Dark Denim

Why we like them!

They take advantage of scrap materials that would otherwise be discarded from factories (awesome). Also they support education in Cambodia and help the workers who manufacture their bags!


United by Blue Rift Pack - $98.00

Avg Star Rating: 4.8 Stars (115 Reviews)

Size: 25 Liters, 4"W x 19"H x 7.75"D

Materials:

  • 100% Recycled polyester

  • Vegetable tanned leather

  • DWR water Repellent

Features:

  • 17” Padded laptop sleeve

  • Interior organizational pockets

  • External flap pocket, zipped pockets and side pocket

  • Single water bottle sleeve

  • Chest strap

Helpful Videos: Zapos Info Video Product Review from a dude in flannel 

Women’s Havasu Knit Rose Gold

Women’s Havasu Knit Rose Gold

Why we like them!

United by Blue cleans up 1lb of trash for each item purchased. They’re a rad company. If you want to learn more about them checkout our brand review and get some great insight! There’s also links to Colin’s interview with their founder, Brian Linton, on the Protect Your Wild Podcast!


Green Guru Commuter Rolltop - $100.00

Avg Star Rating: 4.8 Stars (115 Reviews)

Size: 25 Liters, 4"W x 19"H x 7.75"D

Materials:

  • 100% Recycled polyester

  • Vegetable tanned leather

  • DWR water Repellent

Features:

  • 17” Padded laptop sleeve

  • Interior organizational pockets

  • External flap pocket, zipped pockets and side pocket

  • Single water bottle sleeve

  • Chest strap

Helpful VIdeos: Zapos Info Video Product Review from a dude in flannel 

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Why we like them!

They’re based out of Boulder Colorado (whoop whoop) and manufacture their stuff in state. On top of that, all of their products incorporate upcycled materials, they’re also a B corp and all that great jazz. Check em out!

All Around Day Packs

These packs are chock full of features, pockets and straps to make them versatile and useful for anything from hiking to travel. They’re on average going to be more expensive but if you can use the same pack for commuting to work as you use for a day hike then the savings are all yours! We recommend really thinking about your ideal features for hiking, travel and basic commutes because I’m sure one of these packs will meet all of your needs!

Patagonia Black Hole Pack - $149.00

Avg Star Rating: 5 Stars (14 Reviews)

Size: 32 Liters, 22"L x 10.5"H x 6.75"D

Materials:

  • 100% recycled polyester fabric

  • 100% recycled polyester lining

  • 100% recycled polyester nylon webbing

  • DWR water repellent

Features:

  • 15” padded laptop sleeve

  • Chest strap

  • Hydration pouch compatible

Helpful Videos: Patagonia Info Vid Traveling Salseros Pack Review

Sage Khaki (SKA)

Sage Khaki (SKA)

Why we like them!

Its fu*king Patagucci baby! You know what’s good.


United by Blue Westward Rolltop - $168.00

Avg Star Rating: 5 Stars (17 Reviews)

Size: 23 Liters, 12”W x 25”H x 4”D

Materials:

  • 56% Organic Cotton

  • 44% Recycled Polyester

  • DWR water repellent

Features:

  • 15” Padded laptop sleeve

  • One external bottle side pocket

  • Side compression straps, and verticle cinch strap

  • Roll top

  • Double wax coat for water repellency

  • Chest strap

Westward Rolltop - Umber

Westward Rolltop - Umber

Why we like them!

Again check out our United by Blue Brand Review to learn more! There’s also a link in there to Colin’s chat with Brian Linton, their founder, on the Protect Your Wild Podcast!


Tentree Mobius Backpack - $118.00 

Avg Star Rating: 4.8 Stars (348 Reviews)

Size: 16 - 35 Liters

Materials: 

  • 100% REPREVE Recycled Polyester

  • BLOOM Foam 

Features:

  • 15” Laptop sleeve

  • Roll top AND clamshell openings

  • External organizational pocket

  • Horizontal and vertical compression straps

  • Chest strap

Helpful Videos: Chase Reeves Review Tentree Design Vid

Mobius - Meteorite Black Juniper

Mobius - Meteorite Black Juniper

Why we like them!

Tentree’s known for planting 10 trees for each product sold has now planted 20+ million trees (yeah… they’re doin pretty well). What you may not have known is that they’re also a certified B-Corp with a score of 124.6 out of 200 on their impact report!


North Face Lineage Ruck - $129.00

Avg Star Rating: 4.5 Stars (19 Reviews)

Size: 37 Liters, 19.5” x 13” x 7”

Materials:

  • 100% Recycled Ballistic Polyester

Features:

  • Laptop Sleeve 11.5” X 19.5”

  • Improved “Flexvent” Back panel

  • Integrated cinch system

  • External lash points to hook in great

Helpful Videos: None at this time. 

Kauri Jo Tree Topper

Kauri Jo Tree Topper

Why we like them!

North Face provides free returns and a lifetime guarantee for material and workmanship defects. North Face also has contributed over $1 million to The Conservation Alliance’s grant fund, provides environmental education to students through their athletes and uses 100% renewable energy at their headquarters!


Kathmandu Cubic v4 - $94.99

Avg Star Rating: 4.6 stars (35 Reviews)

Size: 32 Liters, 15.1”L x 10.5”W x 8.2”D

Materials:

  • REPREVE Recycled Polyester

  • Fleece

Features:

  • 17” padded laptop sleeve

  • Internal tablet sleeve

  • Fleece lined phone pocket

  • Water bottle pocket

  • Chest strap

Helpful Videos: None at this time...

Kauri Marine Blue Tree Loungers

Kauri Marine Blue Tree Loungers

Why we like them!

They hail from New Zealand so you know they have a heart for the environment. They offset their carbon emissions and are working on reducing them (arguably more important than the offsets). They also set a goal to be zero waste by 2018 5 years ago (before it was cool) and are at a company wide 80% recycle rate on their waste. They made not have reached that goal, but damn if they aren’t trying! To learn more checkout their 2018 sustainability report!

Packable Travel Packs

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Distinguished by their light weight and ability to pack down into one of their pockets, these packs are in my opinion a MUST have. I stash one in my luggage whenever I travel. I’ll even put one in my pack when camping or backpacking for short excursions to take some snacks and water.

Chico Bag Travel Pack rePETe - $34.99

Avg Star Rating: 0 reviews

Size: 15 Liters, 10”W x 17”H x 6”D

Materials: 

  • 100% Recycled PET REPREVE 

  • 100% Recycled PET Webbing

  • 100% Recycled Nylon

  • Carabiner with 78% recycled Aluminium, 7.2 oz/ .45 lbs

Features:

  • Stuffs into outer zipper pocket

  • Chest strap

  • Compatible with hydration pouch

Helpful Videos: Camp Gear Review

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Why we like them!

Well just check out our brand review on Chicobag and find out! Colin also was able to chat with their founder Andy Keller on the Protect Your Wild Podcast so CHECK IT OUTTTT!


Coalatree Nomad Packable Backpack - $39.00

Avg Star Rating: 5 Stars (109 Reviews)

Size: 22 Liters

Materials:

  • 100% Recycled Ripstop nylon 

  • Eco-Friendly DWR (durable water repellent)

Features:

  • Stuffs into padded interior pocket

  • Padded interior pocket fits smartphones and valuables

  • Two mesh water bottle pockets

  • Water resistant

Helpful Videos: Coalatree Ad Video

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Why we like them!

Checkout our Coalatree Brand Review podcast to find out! AND (yet again) go listen to episode 88 of the Protect Your Wild Podcast to learn more about their founder, Charlie Bessy, and his fascinating story!


Patagonia Ultralight Blackhole - $79.00

Avg Star Rating: 4 Stars (1 Review)

Size: 20 Liters, 10.9oz

Materials:

  • 100% Recycled nylon exterior

  • 100% Recycled polyester lining

  • Bluesign approved materials

Features:

  • Stuffs into internal pocket

  • Top loader with drawstring closure

  • Chest strap

  • External daisy chain to hook on gear

  • Two mesh water bottle pockets

Helpful Videos: Patagonia’s Info Video

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Why we like them!

Need I repeat myself? It’s PATAGUCCI BABY! What’s not to love?

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