Backpacks are typically made from nylon or polyester. Both of which are forms of plastic. While of course these materials are harmful to our environment and damaging in the manufacturing process, the chemicals that they contain are harmful to us as well, especially young kids who are carrying these things around all day. Here are some healthier, sustainable backpacks to check out this year.
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PS. This one is my favourite and perfect for everyone!
Sustainable backpacks for back to school:
1. Terra Thread – Everyday organic cotton backpack
Just like the first backpack on this list, this one from Terra Thread also contains no harmful chemicals. This is more of a full-size backpack with a water bottle pocket on the side to fit your reusable bottle and several pockets inside including a laptop sleeve.
2. Green Guru – Joyride roll top backpack
While this backpack may be designed for travel, it’s spacious enough to hold all your school work and more. Plus, its fun and bright design is sure to be a show stopper in the hallways. Plus it’s made from upcycled industrial materials!
3. Baggu – Sport backpack
While small, this backpack is the Mary Poppins bag of all backpacks. It’s got multiple pocks inside and out secured with zippers so you won’t lose a thing. Not only is this bag made from recycled nylon (aka keeping plastic out of our water ways) but it’s also machine washable! How convenient!
4. Solgaard – Lifepack backpack
This backpack (while pricey) has a built-in solar-powered charger. Meaning you can charge your laptop, phone or anything else on the go! Talk about a sustainable backpack! It’s made from upcycled ocean plastic and has enough pocks to fit all your needs!
Ethical accessories for work and school
Zero waste back to school essentials
Whether you’re heading back to school, to work, or travelling the world, these 5 sustainable backpacks are sure to take you there without the waste or harm!
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