We found some of the best vegan backpacks for work, school…any occasion, really!
By Noa Ben-Moshe
We all face the same struggles when the weather gets cold and rainy: trying to carry a tote bag and maybe send a text while juggling an umbrella against a strong wind. Not fun!
But it’s not just the colder weather that brings handbag issues: going to school or work with a tote packed with books and a laptop means one shoulder ends up just killing you in the afternoon. The solution to all these problems? A backpack!
While some think they’re still for kids, I must strongly disagree: these accessories are practical, easy and chic, and allow you to walk around with free hands and a clear mind. To avoid looking like a schoolgirl on her way to a class excursion, it’s simple: choose one of the most sophisticated vegan backpacks you can find!
You should try to keep these things in mind when choosing vegan backpacks:
Practicality: Choose your accessories based on your lifestyle and the things you’re carrying around with you. As much as you might like the look of a cute, tiny backpack, would it actually fit your needs?
Functionality: Are you more into a backpack with loads of different compartments, or without? Do you usually carry a laptop with you? If so, find a bag that has a padded compartment for that very purpose.
Quality: We all want our accessories to last for a long time, and here at Eluxe, we strongly believe that one bag of quality is better than buying several cheap ones – a well made backpack should be considered an investment that will last and last!
With these things in mind, here are some of our suggestions for some of the best vegan backpacks around.
14 Of The Best Vegan Backpacks For All Occasions
The mini backpack is HOT right now, and no wonder: they’re super cute, easy to wear, and make any outfit you wear look more modern and stylish. The interior of this Matt and Nat bag is made out of recycled plastic bottles, and the flap has a magnetic closure, making it a great fashion companion with easy access. It’s available in many colors, but our favorite one this leafy red – such a stunning fall hue!
Best for: Short days out, strolls in the city Price: $120.00
This gender-neutral vegan backpack is made from recycled plastic bottles. It’s perfect for work, and easily fits a 15 inch computer, documents, water bottle, phone, keys, makeup and more! But don’t worry about it getting heavy: it has thick straps for extra comfort. It’s sleek and sophisticated, and if you buy it as a gift for your partner…well, let’s just say it’s very ‘borrow-able’!
Best for: Looking super professional Price: Around $150
A pop of red is always a good idea! And this beautiful Livia bag by Gunas is in a lovely lipsticky shade. This model was named after Eco Age founder Livia Firth, and it reflects her chic Italian style. The best part? It’s not just a backpack: you can easily transform it into a shoulder bag, making it highly versatile.
Best for: Bold, creative, romantic beings. Price: Around $335
The trend for monogram printed bags seems like it’s here to stay, and this stunning backpack by Stella McCartney boasts a highly stylish monogram print. It’s super eco-friendly, too, as it’s constructed from organic cotton and ECONYL regenerated nylon.
Perfect for: The trend-loving fashionista on the go. Price: USD $945
Want the look of snakeskin leather without having to actually, you know, kill a snake? The Svala Gemma backpack is a stunner, with its embossed snakeskin faux leather exterior. This is two bags in one, as well – just take off the back straps and replace them with the single top strap to transform the backpack into a tote.
Best for: Effortlessly cool girls at the workplace, or away for the weekend Price: £350.00
With its Parisian chic and practical style, Bobobark has really conquered all of us here at Eluxe! This cork bag is light as a feather, and can be worn not only as a backpack, but also as a shoulder bag, or held as a briefcase/purse. Much thought has been put into its design, and as a result, it boasts a padded laptop compartment, a place for your phone, and several zips that make accessing your stuff inside easily, without having to dig around. This is definitely one of the most functional and beautiful bags we’ve ever seen!
Perfect for: Hauling laptops around- they just slip in so easily! Price: Around $250
Squee!!! How cute is this? It’s like a teddy bear on your back! Mali + Lili’s PETA certified, plush faux fur backpack features convertible straps so you can change up your look in a flash. It’s soft, it’s tiny, and it’s perfect for placing your keys, phone and makeup when you’re out for a casual day. Not keen on pink? It comes in black, too!
Best for: Wearing with jeans, or going out clubbing. Price: $72
This casual, minimalistic and unisex backpack is ideal for long days outside, biking to work, and will suit every outfit you wear, no matter what your gender. The innovative roll-top opens and closes easily with velcro, and the generous size of the bag allows you to fill it up with all your essentials and more.
And the best part? Ucon has eliminated all toxins from their products and packaging. This includes environmental toxins (such as bleaches, pesticides and heavy metals) and other toxins (carcinogens used in poorly controlled leather dyeing or hard chrome plating processes), as well as allergens such as nickel.
Best for: Urban professionals who love minimal design Price: Around $80
My personal backpack of choice is the Svenya by NUUWAI. I wear mine everywhere! I love it for its simple yet stylish design, and also for the fact that it’s made out of apple leather on the outside, and has ECOALF’s recycled ocean plastic fabric inside. It’s big enough to store all my belongings, it can easily fit my laptop, and adds a touch of style to every outfit in my wardrobe.
Best for: University, work or day trips Price: €199
This eco-friendly backpack is made from Kraft paper and Tyvek, which are both fully recyclable and hold up just fine if they get wet – don’t worry! The exterior design is a beautiful floral print that’s reminiscent of what a really talented doodler might draw, and the straps are thin and refined. Another great thing about this bag? It’s one of the cheapest vegan backpacks here – but it’s great value for money, as the quality is fantastic.
We love Doshi not only for their unique style, but also for their commitment to give 5% of their revenues to charities benefiting animals, people and the environment.
Best for: Girlie girls! Price: $59
This backpack ticks a lot of boxes: it’s elegant, practical and it’s constructed from FRUMAT: an innovative leather like material made from apple skins. A 13″ laptop, phone, documents, reusable water bottle and other daily essentials neatly fit inside, and the external, zipped pocket gives you easy access to your credit cards and phone.
Best for: The upwardly mobile, hardworking urban professional Price: $455
Corkor stands out from the crowd by handcrafting their cork rucksacks in Portugal. This model is lightweight and is great for everyday use. Try it! If you don’t like the backpack for whatever reason, the brand offers a full, money back guarantee.
Best for: Truly conscious, planet-loving people Price: $154.50
If you’re looking for a bag that can take a bit of a beating, this one’s for you! The Brooklyn Backpack by Alchemy Goods is made of recycled bicycle inner tubes, and features a padded laptop sleeve, three internal pen slots and two slip pockets. The best part is that this is really comfortable to wear, thanks to its padded nylon shoulder straps and a padded back panel.
Best for: Hiking, biking, or traveling – it’s especially durable in all kinds of weather Price: $148
This tote-shaped backpack is made from PETA certified vegan leather and features a convenient exterior zipped pocket that makes a perfect place to stash your credit cards, cash and phone. The taupe shade is wonderfully neutral, allowing it to match all of your outfits, and at only $88, it’s a good bargain, too.
Best for: Casual weekends out with friends Price: $88
Looking for the perfect shade of grey? This Eva Grey backpack has all the appeal of a leather backpack, minus the animal flesh. Made from an innotive vegan leather called Washable Paper Fabric, this chic bag is minimalist, stylish and unique all at the same time. Coverting effortlessly into a tote handbag, this universal bag is suple and lightweight yet durable, making it perfect for taking out and about. You can even throw it in the washing machine when it needs freshening up.
Best for: The perfect backpack-to-tote for running errands Price: $99
First three images: Matt and Nat.
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