Sustainable Parenting

Best Eco-Friendly Backpack Brands For Kids

Environmentally Friendly And Stylish Grade School Backpacks For Back To School


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School bags are more than just a fashion accessory. They’re an essential school supply that your child will utilize on a daily basis—so it’s important to get a good quality brand that can withstand heavy hauls and take on unexpected weather.

I personally like to put a lot of thought into buying a backpack because I want to set my child up for success. I know that a lot of parents choose whatever is on sale at Walmart, but those backpacks aren’t ethical, sustainable and certainly not durable—which is an important quality because I like to donate to local families in need when my kids outgrow their bags.

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Eco-friendly backpacks are something that parents should definitely consider. Sustainable school bags are better for the environment—and some brands support environmental initiatives through each sale.

The eco-friendly school bags in this article are made from sustainable material such as recycled polyester and organic fabrics that are free of lead, BPA, PVC and phthalates.

These nontoxic grade school bags are also really stylish, which is an important quality that many kids seek when it comes to choosing a backpack.

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JanSport

JanSport

The sustainable Superbreak backpack from JanSport is made from 100% recycled materials—like recycled polyester and nylon. These bags are also manufactured in a facility that’s powered entirely by solar energy. We love that this eco-friendly backpack is made without foam which makes it completely packable and spacious. With that said, it’s great for school as well as travel.

LEGO Bags

LEGO BAGS

Believe it or not, the LEGO brand makes eco-friendly children’s backpacks made from rPET fabric from post-consumer water bottles, which requires 50% less energy and 20% less water to create–and generates 60% less air pollution! Also, the materials used to create these school bags are free of PVC, lead and phthalates. We love the fun LEGO prints and aesthetics of each bag, as well as the features which consist of ergonomically padded shoulder straps, sternum straps and padded haul handles.

Johnny Urban

Johnny Urban
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This vegan children’s backpack for girls and boys by Johnny Urban is designed in an urban rolltop style. The outer fabric and inner lining of the backpack are made from recycled plastic bottles and are water-repellent, dirt-repellent and extremely easy to care for thanks to a protective coating. We are loving the stylish urban aesthetics of this school bag. It’s spacious on the inside and contains a large outer pocket for water bottle storage—plus reflective stitching to keep your child visible when it’s dark out.

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SoYoung

SoYoung
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The eco-friendly SoYoung backpacks are made from raw linen and are free of BPA, PVC, lead and phthalates. These school bags come in both toddler and big kid size, and are machine washable. We love the school age appropriate designs of these bags—particularly the soft pastel artwork which stands out beautifully against the beige fabric on each bag—as well as the roomy mesh side pockets that securely hug your child’s water bottle.

Petit Collage

Petit Collage
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The eco-friendly Petit Collage backpacks are made from 100% natural cotton canvas coated with a protective, solvent-free and biodegradable sugar and corn polymer. These school bags are non-toxic and free of BPA, PVC and phthalates. The aesthetics of each bag are school age appropriate and come with padded straps for comfortable wear, as well as two large mesh side pockets for water bottles.

Fjallraven Kanken

Fjallraven Kanken

Aside from being a fashion must-have in all middle schools throughout the country, the Fjallraven Kanken backpack is entirely eco-friendly—from the nontoxic dyes and sustainable materials that used to construct it, to the manufacturing process. The school bags come in all different shapes and sizes, and are made from recycled polyester and organic cotton.

Terra Thread

Terra Thread
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This eco-friendly school bag by Terra Thread is made from 100% GOTS Certified heavy-weight organic cotton. It has a generous amount of space and two side pockets for water bottles. Terra Thread is a carbon-neutral and Certified B Corp company that’s committed to giving back! Each purchase donates meals to kids and families in need through Feeding America. This bag donates 20 meals!

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