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The Best Ethical Backpacks for a Sustainable Lifestyle

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Spending time outdoor has many proven and unproven scientific benefits. Outdoor can mean a lot of things, I mean a lot: from just being outside in your (green) back yard or a local park to several days of hiking in the wilderness without a plan to return to your home (just kidding).

For example, walking in nature has memory-promoting and de-stressing effects, reducing inflammation and eliminating fatigue. Also, it may help fight depression and anxiety. Moreover, it lowers your blood pressure and may protect your vision. Finally, spending time outside can improve your focus so that you may perform better concerning creative tasks, and, in the end, it may even prevent cancer and boost your immune system.

Having all this in mind, it should not be hard to "force" yourself to go into nature—in the beginning, it may seem like a task, but in no time, you will get hooked on that great feeling you get when surrounded by trees, green color, and calming surroundings.

You can spend time outside alone, and—if everything adds up—it will feel like some kind of meditation. Then, of course, you can spend time outside with your kids and partner, it will be a fun family field trip where your kids can freely explore everything around themselves, and you get the chance to fill your batteries up. Or, you can invite some friends and have a great time hanging out in nature instead of spending time in a stuffy bar or someone's house where you have already been to a thousand times.

Nevertheless, when you spend time outside, you have to equip yourself properly, because the last thing you want is to find out far away in the forest that you do not have any water with yourself or a fresh pair of socks if your feet (or your kid's) get wet.

The first thing you will need except for proper footwear when going out is an excellent backpack. I have compiled a list of 6 ethical backpacks to choose from to have a great time while also choosing something sustainable.

Joyride Roll Top Backpack

The Joyride Roll Top Backpack is handmade from colorful upcycled industrial fabrics and reflective street signs; this combination of durable materials and functional design provides uniqueness as well as outstanding technical aspects. Since the materials used are unique, there are no identical bags.

The front is made from upcycled nylon factory scraps, the reflector from upcycled street sign scraps, and the liner from a 10 oz vinyl waterproof tarp. Moreover, the back is made from aerospace mesh, foam padding nylon fabric, and the zipper from nylon teeth and zinc zipper.

The roll-top is waterproof, and the large outer pocket includes hook and loop closure. There is a sleeve pocket on the front, and the strap for the shoulder, sternum, and waist is breathable and adjustable. Moreover, the backpack is equipped with a haul handle and has a reflective triangle for nighttime visibility.

Cleaning is straightforward; for spot cleaning, use a rag and warm, soapy water; when washing in a machine, turn it inside out and wash on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Hang to dry.

Best Ethical backpacks - joyride backpack

Convertible Carryall Backpack 25L

The Convertible Carryall Backpack is a backpack and a tote bag in one and is made from recycled polyester and recycled nylon. Furthermore, this backpack is 100% vegan, water-resistant, and stain-resistant.

Its padded adjustable shoulder straps can clip off and pack away for "tote mode", a hidden side zipper pocket, dual carry handles, expandable open side pockets, and a padded interior laptop sleeve that fits a 15" laptop. Plus, for every product purchased, United by Blue removes 1 pound of trash from our waterways!

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Signature Cork Backpack

This gorgeous bag is not only functional, it also looks great due to the cork. This Signature Cork Backpack from Tiradia will be in your wardrobe for decades as this bag is not only very durable, cork is also hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, waterproof, lightweight, biodegradable and recyclable. This bag is very eco friendly and handmade in Portugal while being cruelty free and vegan.

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Organic Cotton Canvas Everyday Backpack

This Earth Backpack is made of 14 oz cotton canvas and is available in colors suited for every style: Lavender, Ivory black, Mustard yellow, Charcoal grey, Olive green, Sand dune.

It has exterior and interior pockets and a compartment for a laptop; this backpack is perfect for all: students, adventure seekers, city dwellers, moms, and travelers.

The bag features long zipper double-sided pulls, a compartment for 13-15 inches laptop, two side pockets for water bottles, a large front pocket with zipper, inside hanging pocket, YKK lead-free antique finish metal zippers. It is worth mentioning that all the accessories, including zippers and fasteners, are lead-free.

Taking care of the backpack is easy: spot clean with a soft damp cloth and dry. If needed, machine-wash in cold water and hang to dry or tumble dry on low, do not dry clean, and avoid bleach.

Each bag positively impacts the environment by sourcing organic materials that are certified fair trade and made according to GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) strict environmental and social standards

Best Ethical backpacks - organic cotton canvas

Daypack Made of Ocean Plastic

This backpack, made of water-resistant fabric with a padded back for maximum comfort, is lightweight, adaptable and ready for adventure. In addition, a smart and structured inner pocket system, including a laptop compartment, makes sure your must-haves are safe and secure.

The fabric is made from 100% ocean plastic and recycled PET for the straps & UTX clips, having a BIO-PU coating. The backpack can easily fit all 13" laptops having a 15 L volume and weighting 1.19 lb. It is available in Black, Reef, and Coral colors with dimensions of 11" x 14" x 5". Also, each bag comes with a 2-year warranty.

It is essential to mention that tach GOT BAG Daypack recycles 5.5 lbs of plastic waste recovered from the ocean using a sustainable circular economy to tackle the plastic problem!

This is how the plastic waste is turned into the backpack:

The network of 2,000 fishers on the north shore of Indonesia collects ocean plastic as a by-catch. The plastic is cleaned and sorted before being processed.

The PET portion of the by-catch is shredded into pellets, while all other unusable parts of the recovered plastic are discarded according to the suitable recycling chain.

The pellets are shipped to their production facility and turned into high-quality yarn.

The yarn is ultimately turned into a polyester fabric, which is waterproof thanks to an innovative BIO-PU coating and the foundation for your GOT BAG.

At the end, when your backpack gets damaged, GOT BAG will repair it to make sure none of it ends up in the ocean again. Also, leftover materials will be reintroduced in the next production cycle.

Best Ethical backpacks - ocean plastic bag

Nana Bucket Bag

Are you looking for something unique? Something different? This handmade Minga bag might be for you. These bags are handmade from skilled artisans and every Minga bag has been ethically sourced for a mutually agreed upon price. The bag not only provides work for women in Ecuador, it also give them a fair trade price. This bag options with this bag are endless. It could be worn as a smaller, two strap bag as a backpack or as a longer, one strap cross one shoulder.

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Thanks to innovative technological processes, there are many backpacks produced ethically and sustainably, and the only thing you have to do is choose the one that suits your needs best.

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