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Our editors rounded up some of the top-performing more sustainable backpacks across technical and casual styles, made by better brands conscious of their impacts on people, the planet, and animals.
Boring backpacks are a thing of the past
For many of us, the backpack has been a part of our lives since we were kids, accompanying us on our worst and best days. While some argued that this student staple would soon be a thing of the past with the dawn of iPads and electronic textbooks, the global backpack market has continued to grow and is forecast to reach a value of 20.4 billion US dollars by 2024. While some students and workers have ditched this familiar must-have for a street-style tote bag, others just can’t seem to find an accessory as ubiquitous or useful.
Aside from fulfilling our scholarly or office needs, backpacks also make great companions for hiking, as well as other outdoor activities, carrying snacks, water, and other gear. But finding the perfect bag that meets all of our needs and suits our style can be a challenge. For some, the costs of leather are not worth it, demonstrating the need for better, more ethical and sustainable alternatives. Regardless of how you see it, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite more sustainable backpacks that are kind to people and the planet, with plenty of vegan options too.