As we officially enter the summer season, most of us are looking to get out of the house, stretch our legs, and soak up some vitamin D! With that said, it’s also important to keep in mind those social distancing rules to keep ourselves and others safe.
What is an adventurous spirit to do?
Get out into the woods!
Hiking and backpacking are sure to be super popular activities this summer as they hit all the marks of a great day activity including physical activity, the ability to properly social distance, and, most importantly, it gets you out of the house and on a mini day adventure.
Before you begin stocking up on all that outdoors gear, take a moment to do some research! Especially when it comes to that essential backpack.
Yes, you need something durable, waterproof, and comfortable to wear.
On the other hand, let’s keep Mother Earth in mind and also try to find something sustainable!
Many backpacks are outfitted from synthetic and materials that aren’t eco-friendly, meaning while you enjoy the outdoors you’re also adding to the factors that are taking away from the beauty. Instead, try giving these eco-friendly backpacks a try this year!
1. Paravel Fold-Up Backpack
Paravel backpacks are well put together, collapsible, and made from recycled plastic bottles! This Paravel Fold-Up Backpack is great for a day hike and can be left in the car under the seat folded up for those spontaneous outings. This backpack is feather-light and made from durable nylon and cotton. Whether it’s your main bag or the extra bag that folds neatly into a suitcase, this Paravel backpack is a must-have eco-friendly option for this summer. A single backpack costs $65.00.
Alison Bitner says “Full size backpack that folds in to a tiny pouch. Comfortable straps. Nice sized pocket on front (which forms the pouch for folding). Wish there was a carabiner to attach to a jacket or handbag to carry it around before filling and using as a backpack.”
2. Fjallraven Abisko Hike 35
Fjallraven is a super popular company that makes sleek, stylish, high-quality backpacks! Plus, they are “committed to sustainability throughout the entire manufacturing process, from design to production” and use “natural and recycled materials” without the harmful chemicals. Go all-in on a backwoods backpacking experience this summer with this Fjallraven Abisko Hike 35 backpack! Even though this backpack is super durable, it’s also super lightweight and flexible making it great for low weight trekking and cabin-to-cabin trips. It’s made from hardwearing G-1000 Eco and G-100 HeavyDuty Eco S. materials. Of course, with quality oftentimes comes a price sticker and this backpack costs $105.95. With that said, it’ll last you almost a lifetime!
Jack says “I’m simply loving my Abisko Hike 35! Fjallraven has a reputation for quality and reliability, and it shows on the fine details of this bag. If I had to give it any negative marks, it might be for its weight. It’s not an ultra-lightweight like some other trekking packs out there. But that trade-off is craftsmanship, thought put into clasps and zippers, COMFORT, and water protection. This bag, to me, was worth the purchase and is my go-to for day-long or overnight outings.”
3. United By Blue Bluff Utility Backpack
United by Blue offers a wide range of backpacks for any occasion all “made out of sustainable materials like organic cotton, [and] recycled polyester.” This United By Blue Bluff Utility Backpack offers lots of storage, an easy flip top, and two water bottle holders on either side. It’s got a padded interior tablet sleeve and is made out of durable material that has been coated in a water repellent finish for those rainy outdoor days. Along with focusing on eco-friendly materials, this United By Blue promises that for every product sold, they will remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. This backpack costs $68.00.
JKfromOregon says “I love this pack for running around town on the weekends and evenings. My only request is that in future designs of this pack they add a little padding to the shoulder straps.”
Ogio has the Earth in mind with their backpacks made from “recycled and discarded materials.” On top of that, they’re highly rated, durable, and “come with a 100 [percent] satisfaction guarantee and lifetime warranty.” This Ogio backpack is great for day trips and travel. It’s got a front zippered pocket with an organization panel and key clip for those “work days” and a fleece-lined valuables pocket and ergonomic adjustable padded straps for those “fun days.” This back costs $40.00.
MrFixAgain says “I bought two four years ago. One for my son and his books. And one for me and work. My son went through high school, loaded his with books. New one for college. Mine, I threw here, there, up and down when finally needed to be replaced. Great product. Highly recommend over any other backpack.”
5. Patagonia Day Pack
Yes! Even one or two big-name companies that you know offer high-quality products also try their best to be environmentally friendly. Patagonia is known for their love of the environment and when it comes to their backpacks, they do their best to use recycle and ethically sourced materials. This Patagonia Day Pack is a bit on the spendier side, but if you’ve ever owned Patagonia gear you know it’ll last a lifetime! This backpack is 48 centimeters high and 12 centimeters wide with a top-load feature. Depending on size, this day pack ranges between $57.20 and $107.95.
acb says “This backpack is perfect! I was thrilled to find it at such a great price my son is really happy with it. The size is just right for an overload of middle school textbooks and the straps are nicely padded.”
If you’re looking for a super simple day bag, this one will work just fine! This Ojas Yatra Large Hemp Backpack is made from 100 percent hemp and cotton canvas. Ojas Yatra promises an eco-friendly make, as well as durability with polyester fabric lining, double-stitched shoulder straps, and metal YKK zippers. They promote conscious consumerism as the bags are crafted by talented Nepalese artisans and with every purchase you are supporting the trade and providing opportunities for and supporting underprivileged communities. Plus, you really can’t beat the price as this backpack costs only $34.86.
Amy says “This is a great backpack! I was so happy to see that the laptop pocket is big enough for my 17” laptop, and that a large Camelback water bottle fits in either of the side pockets! There are several pockets on the outside and inside, a key fob, and a strap to put on a rolling suitcase handle, too. It is large, but not too bulky. Pretty much everything I was looking for in a backpack. I like the herringbone neutral fabric next to the colorful woven print, too. The construction looks very sturdy and shipping was super fast!”
It’s really all in the name with this Ecogear Grizzly Backpack! Designed with REPREVE fabric made from “recycled water bottles and heather polyester,” this environmentally friendly backpack doesn’t skimp on all the other goodies you want such as lots of storage, — including dual side mesh pockets and a front elastic bungee — ergonomic padding, — over the shoulders, on the back and sides, and in the adjustable sternum strap — and lightweight design! This backpack costs $59.99.
joan may says “I needed a backpack that I can use for work and weekend getaways, this is it! Thanks also to Ecogear for using recycled materials, every little bit helps Mother Earth!”
Another hemp-cotton duo backpack makes the list! When going eco-friendly you can’t really go wrong with these wonderfully durable and easily grown materials. This Lakhays Eco-Friendly Hemp and Cotton Boho Backpack is made from quality all-natural hemp and cotton that provides durability and comfort. Lakhays Store promises 100 percent eco-friendly fabrics that are animal-product free. This backpack features zippered back and front pockets and a roomy outer pocket along with adjustable straps. This backpack costs $29.99.
Amber Piirainen says “Kids outgrow everything. Get one of these packs and it’s one less thing they grow out of. Everything about this is well made. It handles heavy books and rushed opening/closing of it’s zipper. Tears and holes are non-existent. A new backpack every year is totally unnecessary. This will follow my son wherever he goes. And it can always be washed -like starting over.”
Looking for an environmentally and eco-conscious backpack for your little one? This SoYoung Store Eco-Friendly Bunny Tile Toddler Backpack has ample space for all your kid’s necessities and also has a chest clip that keeps the bag secure while your kiddo is having fun running, jumping, or hiking. This backpack feature machine washable material and is designed for safety with no PVC, phthalates, lead, or BPA. This backpack costs $40.00.
Nicole says “I LOVE this back pack. We have the shark image on ours. It has 2 cup holders, fits a folder, his epipen, and some snacks and clothes. It’s a nice thick material and I love that it’s non toxic. It feels high quality. It has the chest clip which is a must have. Also, theres a tiny mesh pocket inside which is perfect for important ICE info. best of all, he looks COOL wearing it 😎 it’s perfect for an average sized 4 yr old. Very pleased.”
It seems that when it comes to affordable, durable, eco-friendly backpack design, hemp is the way to go! This Nepal Hemp House 100% Pure Hemp Natural Color Backpack is hand-made from high-quality, wild hemp canvas and guarantees eco-friendly materials and fairtrade purchasing. The main compartment is lined with cotton and has extra pockets for organization. Adjustable straps and extra padding on the back make this backpack perfect for both a day hike in the woods, school books, or traveling! This backpack costs $23.48.
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