If you’re looking for a great vegan backpack, there’s never been better selection of options. I found a number of brands that make faux leather backpacks as well as backpacks made with eco-friendly and recycled materials, such as recycled plastic, hemp, cork, and jute. Whether you’re looking for backpack that you can take hiking or a dressier style for work, here are some options from topnotch brands that will suit your needs.
1. MATT & NAT Stylish Vegan Backpacks
Multiple colors: fire red, dark red, lavender pink, black, sage green, tan, white, and bone
MATT & NAT’s vegan backpacks, handbags, shoes, and other accessories are redefining how the fashion industry views luxury style. Completely cruelty-free from their origins, MATT & NAT also focuses on making their products in the least environmentally harmful way possible.
The name MATT & NAT is derived from the words “materials” and “nature.” And as the origins of their name implies, MATT & NAT uses natural, plantbased, and recycled materials in their designs whenever possible. Natural materials include cork and natural rubber; and recycled materials include recycled nylon and recycled rubber.
MATT & NAT offers so many lovely faux leather backpacks that it was impossible for me to pick a favorite. So, be sure to visit to their Amazon store to see their collection.
MATT & NAT’s faux leather backpacks are available in a variety of colors, including fire red, dark red, lavender pink, black, sage green, tan, white, and bone.
To see MATT & NAT’s stylish handbags, check out my post on vegan purses.
2. Eco Backpacks Made with Recycled Plastic Bottles
Johnny Urban is a brand that makes a variety of vegan backpacks that are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The straps are vegan faux leather and the material is water resistant.
These backpacks have magnetic snap fasteners and a zipper pocket under the front flap. Plus, there’s a padded compartment for your laptop.
Measurements: 17.7” x 12.2” x 4.7”
3. Patagonia Recycled Backpacks
For over four decades, Patagonia has been producing super high-quality products that are infused with environmental consciousness and low-impact materials. And the company has recently pledged to be completely carbon neutral by the year 2025. Patagonia’s recycled backpacks are made with recycled nylon and recycled polyester.
Here’s a video about Patagonia’s Refugio backpack, one of their most popular daypacks.
4. Patagonia Black Hole Day Pack
Patagonia’s Black Hold Pack is the perfect daypack for outdoor adventures or running around town. It’s made with super tough 100% recycled polyester fabric that is water-resistant. Plus, it has a 100% recycled polyester lining and 100% recycled nylon webbing.
It’s got a large main pocket compartment that has an internal padded sleeve that will fit a 15″ laptop. On the outside, it has daisy chain lash points that will securely hold your skateboard or yoga mat.
In addition, it has a zippered front pocket for things you need quick-access to. Padded shoulder straps make it comfortable for all day wear and a molded back panel wicks moisture and allows airflow to get though.
Here’s a video about the Black Hole Pack:
5. Eco-Friendly Backpacks by Ecogear
Ecogear is another brand that makes great backpacks out of 100% recycled materials. This backpack is perfect for business trips or recreational travel. It has cushioned shoulder straps and a padded compartment for your laptop. It will fit a 15” laptop.
There are also two internal zip pockets and seven outside zippered compartments.
This pack measures 18.5″ long x 13″ wide x 8″ deep.
See more Ecogear backpacks in their Amazon store.
6. Ecogear Eco Hiking Backpack
Another great recycled backpack by Ecogear, this pack is perfect for hiking and other adventures. It has an adjustable hip belt and shoulder straps to get the perfect fit, plus there’s a back venting system for airflow.
It measures 26″ long x 13″ wide x 9.5″ deep.
7. Fjallraven Recyclable Plastic Bottles Pack
This minimalist convertible pack can be worn as a backpack or carried by its sturdy handles. It’s also made with recycled plastic. Each Fjallraven backpack keeps 11 plastic water bottles out of the landfill.
This eco backpack measures 14.9″ x 10.6″ x 5.1″.
8. ChicoBag Recycled PET Plastic Rucksack
If you’re looking for a compact daypack that’s also eco-friendly, check out this rucksack by ChicoBag. It’s made with a durable ripstop fabric that’s made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, which is lightweight and washable.
This rucksack has an adjustable sternum strap and padded, adjustable, and breathable shoulder straps. It comes with a carabiner, so you can attach the pack to another backpack or your luggage. It’s also set up to hold a hydration pack, so you can add a liquid reservoir and stay hydrated on the go.
Available colors: red, black, blue, and gray
9. Cotopaxi Luzon Day Pack
Every Cotopaxi Luzon day pack is one of a kind. Employees select the color combinations from reclaimed nylon fabric scraps. You can see Cotopaxi’s tote bags in my post on recycled totes.
This ultra-lightweight pack has mesh shoulder straps, making this the perfect travel pack. When it’s empty, it’s easy to roll up and pack into your luggage or larger bag.
This versatile pack has a large main compartment with top drawstring closure. Plus, there’s an internal zippered compartment, so you can keep dirty clothes or shoes separate from the rest of your gear. There are also two mesh water bottle sleeves for easy access to hydration. In addition, you get a smaller internal compartment with a clip for your keys.
See more recycled backpacks at REI.
10. Alchemy Goods Recycled Tire Inner Tubes Backpack
Alchemy Goods hand makes cool bags and accessories out of reclaimed bicycle inner tubes in their workshop in Seattle, Washington. To date, they’ve kept over 500,000 inner tubes out of the landfill. This practically waterproof backpack has two easy-access exterior zipper pockets and two inside pockets. Plus, it has a padded laptop sleeve that will easily hold a 15″ laptop. In addition, it has adjustable, padded shoulder straps.
All of Alchemy Goods’ products come with limited lifetime warranty.
Measurements: 18” x 12” x 4.5”
11. Recycled Newsprint Backpack by Upcycling by Milo
Upcycling by Milo makes unique accessories from a wide variety of reclaimed materials, including candy wrappers, old prints, vinyl records, and billboards.
This eco backpack is 100% vegan and made with upcycled newspaper. The newspaper is cut into strips and then laminated to protect the print and your belongings inside.
This backpack has two internal pockets, including one for your phone and a zipper pocket for other valuables. It has a magnetic closure.
You can order this cute backpack in small or large:
- The small size measures 9.7″ wide x 10.8″ tall x 4.8″ deep.
- And the large measures 11.4″ wide x 12.6” tall x4.8″ deep.
12. Recycled Sheet Music Knapsack
Another unique design by Upcycling by Milo, this vegan-friendly backpack is made with upcycled sheet music.
It’s also available in small and large sizes.
- The small size measures 9.7″ wide x 10.8″ tall x 4.8″ deep.
- And the large measures 11.4″ wide x 12.6” tall x4.8″ deep.
13. Herdentier 100% Vegan Backpack in Piñatex Pineapple Leather and Cork
14. Piñatex Pineapple Leather Knapsacks by Maravillas Bags
Maravillas hand makes sustainable handbags in their workshop in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (They do create some styles in traditional leather, so be sure to look for the designs that are made with 100% vegan and sustainable materials.)
This stylish backpack is made with eco-friendly, sustainable, and vegan Piñatex pineapple leather.
It measures 12.6” tall x 10.6” wide x 6.7” deep.
You can see more accessories and shoes made with pineapple leather in my post about Piñatex.
And you can see purses by Maravillas in my post about vegan handbags.
15. Eve and Adis Sustainable Piñatex Backpacks
Eve and Adis designs minimalist, sustainable, and 100% vegan accessories in their workshop in Kiblegg, Germany. They offer a few different styles of backpacks for men and women in eco-friendly Piñatex pineapple leather.
16. Piñatex Pineapple Leather Backpack by Maniwala
Maniwala is another stylish brand that makes stylish backpacks and other accessories with sustainable Piñatex. This vegan-friendly backpack is ethically made in the U.S.A. It’s lined with organic hemp and is 100% plastic-free. It has two interior pockets and will hold a 13” laptop.
Maniwala also makes a laptop sleeve with Piñatex, which you can see in my post about vegan and eco-friendly laptop cases.
17. Haiku Recycled Bottles Convertible Backpack
This eco-friendly backpack by Haiku is made with 100% recycled plastic bottles. Your purchase keeps 17 plastic bottles from the entering the landfill or polluting the ocean. This backpack can be converted into a crossbody messenger bag. It has two outside pockets, which will fit your reusable water bottle and other items. Plus, there’s an interior pocket that will hold a tablet computer.
This backpack measures 10″ tall x 9.5″ wide.
Available colors: red, black, black with white detail, blue, teal, and gray
18. Recycled Firefighter Backpack
For a cool, rugged look, check out this backpack made with reclaimed authentic firefighter turnout gear. And just in case you think you’ll get soot on you if you wear this -pack, no worries – the material has been thoroughly cleaned.
This firefighter rucksack has a wide opening and pockets on the front and sides. Plus, it has an inside pocket and a snap enclosure. You can get it customized with your name or other message on the name plate. Each bag is handmade and one-of-a-kind.
Measurements: 17″ x 15″ x 5″
19. Dime Bags Pure Hemp Backpack
Dime Bags makes Earth-friendly and vegan bags with pure hemp. This hemp backpack has adjustable side straps and contoured shoulder straps to create a comfortable fit. It has four different compartments plus two holders for your reusable water bottles.
This eco-friendly and vegan backpack also comes with a removable pouch that doesn’t release odors to hold secret things. You can also remove the Velcro label to be a little more incognito.
Measurements: 18” x 11” x 7”
20. Dime Bags Mini Hemp Knapsack
If you’re looking for a cute mini backpack, this pure hemp style from Dime Bags will fit the bill. It has adjustable side straps and contoured shoulder straps to get the perfect fit, plus a handy top handle.
There’s an outside zipper pocket and an inner a secret pocket, plus internal organizers in the main compartment. And you can also remove the Velcro label to be more incognito.
Available colors: black, brown, heather black, olive green, turquoise blue, or hot pink
Measurements: 8” x 3” x 9” inches
21. Recycled Jute Rice Bag Backpack
This unique backpack is made with recycled jute rice bags. Each bag is handmade and one-of-a-kind. It has a top flap and is fully lined. There are three outside pockets that have button closures and adjustable straps. There’s also a back loop on the pack, so you can hang it up.
22. Corkor Cork Leather Vegan Backpack
Corkor is an environmentally-conscious brand that makes a line of high-quality, stylish vegan accessories from all-natural and sustainable cork.
The Corkor team are advocates for animal welfare and protecting the planet. I love this brand because they’re truly breaking ground in the fashion and accessories world by showing that you don’t need something to be made of animal skin to be sleek and high-quality.
Corkor’s non-leather backpacks are made in Portugal by local artisans. They are eco-friendly, ethical, and PETA Approved Vegan.
23. Cork Mini Backpack with Flowers
This cute backpack is 100% vegan and is made with eco-friendly and sustainable cork. It has a cotton lining, adjustable straps, and a thumb-catch closure.
24. Block Stripes Cork Backpack
This stylish mini backpack is also made with eco-friendly cork. Cork bark is a sustainable material that does not harm the tree when it’s harvested. In fact, harvesting the cork enable the tree to absorb even more CO2 from the atmosphere. Cork forests are also home to a number of endangered species, so purchasing products made from cork helps to ensure that cork forests are not cut down.
Measurements: 11.4” x 9.4”
25. Leafling Cork Backpack
Measurements: 8″ x 9″
26. Black Vegan Cork Backpack
This versatile and stylish black backpack is made with sustainable and natural cork. It’s waterproof, so will protect your belongings on rainy days. The main compartment has snap closure, plus there’s a front compartment with a zipper closure. And there are other pockets and sections to keep your things organized.
Measurements: 17” x 12.2” x 4.7”
27. Unique Embroidered Backpacks
If you love color and ornate designs, check out these embroidered backpacks by Goodhan. The embroidery is on cotton canvas. These pretty backpacks come in a variety of colors.
Measurements: 11.4’ x 9” x 5”