Fashion Friday: 7 Eco-Friendly and Affordable Bags for Back to School

1. Baggu Backpack $42.00

Made out of recycled cotton canvas duck, this backpack comes in various colors with matte silver hardware. It even has a hidden side zipper pocket where you can put your cell phone, which can be easily accessed when the backpack is worn. The top flap closes with a tuck clasp, while the bottom boot is reinforced, and the seams are taped for added durability.

2. Kasum Backpack from Looptworks $48.99

By re-using the world’s pre-consumer excess, Looptworks keeps tons of textile waste out of landfills. This backpack is made of insanely durable 600 denier, water-resistant upcycled polyester material, combined with padded handles, straps, and laptop pocket. Not only is there a laptop pocket, but the compartment is TSA approved which makes going through security super easy.

3. EcoZoo Cotton Kids Backpacks $32.00

If you’ve got a little one about to return to school, there’s no cuter bag than these animal ones from EcoGear. Not only are these bags adorable, but they’re also PVC-free. These bags are made from natural cotton canvas and rope materials, while their buttons and buckles are made from recycled plastic parts and sustainable wood parts. All colored materials used in the construction of this bag are treated with toxic-free dyes.

4. Palila II Recycled PET Backpack $39.99


This backpack is one of many in the Recycle Series from EcoGear. Made of RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles and colored with non-toxic dyes, this backpack is the ultimate in sustainability. It also has tons of awesome features such as ergonomic, padded shoulder straps, internal organizer pockets, two main compartments, two front pockets, and a padded laptop sleeve. It comes in three awesome colors: Aqua Blue, Charcoal, and Red.

5. Lay’s Chips Upcycled Backpack from Terracycle $18.99

Although you may not eat the food inside the bags from which this backpack is made, this bag is still amazingly sustainable and super affordable. Not only that, but you can start your own Terracycle collection and the more packaging you collect, the more dollars you earn. If you collect enough wrappers, the backpack can practically pay for itself!

6. Green Backpack  $39.99

Made from 65% recycled material,  this backpack has a lightweight, durable fabric. It’s green in design and color, but it also features all the works necessary for a perfect backpack with two large zippered compartments, pen/pencil slots, an interior hideaway pocket with zipper, iPod holder with easy-access slit for earbuds, mesh side-pouches, elastic cinch cord, and padded shoulder straps.

7. Dublin Backpack from Ecoalf $75.00

Made with nylon fabrics recycled from fishing nets, this backpack definitely scores points for originality. Even though the material is unconventional, this backpack has all the features and more of a classic backpack. They include front and inside pockets with zippers, interior padding, and a reinforced back and base for added comfort. The ergonomic and adjustable straps are also reinforced, and this backpack comes in an assortment of colors.

Whether you’re traveling light or weighed down like a pack-mule this school year, you’ll always be stylish and sustainable with any of these backpacks!

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