Whether we like it or not, back to school season is officially upon us. Whether you're a parent with kiddos who will soon be shuttled back into the routine of school, or you yourself are approaching the beginning of another year of homework and studying, there is usually a healthy mixture of excitement and stress as a new school year begins.
Although finding a new backpack probably won't take the stress away, it's a school essential that can heighten the excitement and set the tone for your year. Although you might not automatically realize it, some backpacks are "set above" the rest by being made with ethical standards, fair labor practices, and of course, eco-friendly materials and designs. This roundup will hopefully help you find the backpack of your (or your child's) dreams and help you start a new school year in style and with confidence.
1. MAIKA Laptop Backpack ($68)
Of course, we're a little bit fond of our own waxed canvas laptop backpacks. Made with eco-friendly dyes in a variety of styles and easily fitting a 15-inch laptop, our backpacks are designed for all ages and all styles.
2. ENAT Leather Backpack ($138)
If you're looking for classy and versatile, ENAT's vegetable-tanned backpack will be your new go-to. Ethically made by skilled artisans in Ethiopia, this backpack will last you for years to come, even after school is out.
3. Everlane's Snap Backpack ($68)
Sporty, spacious, and sleek - Everlane's water-proof cotton backpacks are essentials in and out of the classroom. They're perfect for all ages as well, so your kiddo could grow into it year after year.
4. Onyx & Green's Recycled Backpacks ($60)
Onyx & Green creates backpacks and other school supplies from recycled materials like newspaper and Ramie leaf. To sweeten the deal, all of their products are available on Amazon, so you can easily add a backpack to your cart while you shop for other essentials online.
5. Patagonia's Marketpack ($79)
A versatile essential that you'll use year round, Patagonia creates the "gold standard" of quality and ethically made pieces, backpacks included.
6. Better Life Bag's Design Your Own Backpack's ($198)
Adorable and completely customizable, Better Life Bag's backpacks are perfect for the indecisive shopper who just can't find what she's looking for. Pricey, but worth the investment, these bags will transition from school backpack to overnight bag, to diaper bag and back again.
7. Baggu's Heavyweight Backpacks ($58)
Made from durable nylon and roomy enough to hold your 15" laptop with room to spare, Baggu's School Backpacks come in several colors and are perfect for all ages, especially for families who don't want to buy new bags every year.
8. MAIKA's Foldover Backpack ($45-$68)
Another one of our back-to-school crowd pleasers, our very own fold over backpack is made from recycled waxed canvas and has a water (and spill) proof lining that will keep the bag in great shape for years.
9. Ecogear's Ecozoo Series ($19)
Made with all-natural cotton and non-toxic dyes, Ecogear's backpacks for kids are great for littles just starting their school adventure.
10. Looptworks Upcycled Backpack ($69)
Designed and made in Portland using upcycled materials, Looptworks' backpacks are made to hold everything while still saving the planet. They have multiple styles and options for different budgets.