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17+ Vegan Backpack Brands for Travel & Everyday Use

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Looking for your first [or next] vegan backpack? Here’s 17+ vegan backpack brands with a wide range of styles and colors to please everyone!

If you’re here, you’re probably in the market for a vegan backpack. Perhaps you’re a long-time vegan just looking for your first vegan backpack or maybe you’re a new vegan that has no idea where to start. 

Surprisingly [or not so surprisingly] there are a ton of options when it comes to vegan backpacks. And, not just brands that have released one or two vegan versions, but entire vegan backpack brands with countless styles in a large amount of colors from classic black to bright blue to candy apple red. 

Whether you’re a minimalist who only knows the color black [looking at myself here], you’re drawn towards earth tones, or you think every single thing on your body should be a different color, I promise you’ll find a vegan backpack that is perfect for you. 

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VEGAN BACKPACK BRANDS FOR EVERYDAY USE

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Canopy Verde

This is a perfect example of an ethical small business to support. Linda, the creator of Canopy Verde, knows the importance of buying well-designed and eco-friendly products. She combined her love of mid-century Danish design, her roots in Brooklyn, and an earth-friendly philosophy. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣⁣

Canopy Verde has several different designs including wristlets, crossovers, duffle bags, wallets and more. When it comes to a vegan backpack though, you're definitely going to love their two options: the Greenpoint Vegan Backpack (pictured) and the Lenox Vegan Leather Backpack.

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Urban Expressions

Urban Expressions was founded by two conscious entrepreneurs who wanted to revolutionize the industry with chic animal-friendly handbags that meet the needs of the everyday woman.

All Urban Expressions products are certified by Vegan.org and PETA.

While they have tons of vegan accessory products, you'll be left trying to make the hard decision of what vegan backpack to purchase from them as they have so many.

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jeane & Jax

ieane & jax is a luxury vegan handbag brand that encompasses the principles of ethical fashion while delivering handbags of quality, style, and affordability.

jeane & jax is committed to using the highest quality vegan materials and non-hazardous materials. Their products are ethically sourced and they are committed to social responsibility.

Pixie Mood

This stylish, minimalistic backpack by Pixie Mood comes in 15 different colors!

Pixie Mood believes style can be trendy, functional and socially responsible, all at the same time.

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Matt & nat

Matt & Nat is committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials. They explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. They use different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork. They only use linings made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.

Matt & Nat's name is derived from the words materials and nature. For the longest time, I figured the creators were named Matt and Natalie or something. I love the meaning of their name though which implies they only use natural, plant-based, and recycled materials.

They have a large amount of vegan backpacks to choose from in a large range of colors including red, pink, black, green, tan, white and more. No matter your preference, you're sure to find one you love!

Doshi

Doshi was founded to provide smart, fashionable and quality vegan products to people who have ethical, religious or environmental beliefs that lead them to seek vegan products.

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Von Holzhausen

von Holzhausen is a Malibu–based collection of accessories with a focus on design, sustainability, and quality of life.

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Po Campo

Po Campo has grown into an internationally distributed line of vegan, weatherproof bags with reflective accents and lots of pockets for storing your devices.

They refer to this as their “No Compromise” approach, because you finally don’t have to choose between an active lifestyle and having a bag that you love.

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Nepal Hemp House

Nepal Hemp House is an ethical, sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to synthetic and leather backpacks, featuring 100% wild hemp exterior lined with heavy duty cotton.

They're made in the mountains of Nepal.

Adventurist Backpack Co.

For every backpack purchased, 25 meals are provided to families in need across the U.S.

Their backpacks are made with ultra-durable, water-resistant materials. They are designed with dual front + back padding to ensure protection for all of your belongings.

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Johnny Urban

Johnny Urban makes a variety of vegan backpacks made 100% from recycled plastic bottles. The bag is water-resistant and the straps are made from vegan leather.

For tose that never go anywhere without your computer, there's also a padded compartment for your laptop.

Fjallraven

Perfect for minimalists, this special edition of Kanken is made entirely from polyester recycled from 11 plastic bottles. Dyed with SpinDye, a technology that radically reduces the amount of water, energy, and chemicals used.

This everyday vegan backpack was made with the same design as the original, but now reinvented from a recycling perspective that helps save natural resources.

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Dime Bags

Dime Bags are made out of a blend of natural hemp and recycled polyester which creates a soft backpack but also durable.

It's heavy duty zippers are easy to open and stay firmly in place when zipped. The backpack has four spacious compartments for storage and two water bottle holders, a secret pick, and a smell/spill proof pouch.

Corkor

Corkor is an environmentally-conscious brand that makes a line of high-quality, stylish vegan accessories including a vegan backpack in several colors from all-natural and sustainable cork.

Corkor’s vegan leather backpacks are made in Portugal by local artisans. They are eco-friendly, ethical, and PETA Approved.

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GUNAS

GUNAS is an independent high fashion label with a cause.

GUNAS uses artisan and small-scale ethical manufacturers from countries such as India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong, making them not only vegan but socially responsible as well.

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Stella McCartney

A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs.

While on the pricier side, if you're looking for a luxury vegan backpack, this may be what you're looking for.

There are several different designs and colors available.

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Urban Originals

Ubran Originals is an ethical and cruelty-free company with a plethora of styles and colors when it comes to vegan backpacks.

They use the finest quality vegan leathers and recycled materials where possible.

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Hopefully you’re not left with too many choices for you first [or next] vegan backpack!

If you have one of the above or have one I haven’t mentioned, make sure to pop it in the comments below so I can be sure to keep this updated!

If you’re looking to purchase a vegan backpack, which one do you like best?

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Ashley Hubbard is a blogger and freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. She shares these experiences on her website, wild-hearted.com.

2 Comments

  1. jay

    January 8, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    I’m glad to know that Vegan bags are available. I’m vegan for the last 4 years. This is the first time I know that I can adapt a vegan lifestyle not only in food but in daily life also.

  2. Erica

    January 8, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Never really thought to look for this with a backpack, as I always thought that unless buying a leather bag, that it being vegan friendly was a given.

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