Summer may be winding down, but that doesn't mean travel plans are. Whether you’re planning a big backpacking trip or flying somewhere tropical, it’s important your traveling gear is as exciting as your upcoming itinerary. While you’ve probably planned which outfits and shoes you’ll be packing on your next adventure, it’s worth giving a second thought to how you’ll be packing them.
From carbon emissions to plastic waste, travel can be tough on the planet. Your luggage, on the other hand, doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of eco-friendly travel bag options, whether you’re seeking an allotted “personal item” or a carry-on that can fit weeks’ worth of clothing. Check out these seven sustainable styles before you take off.
Made with organic canvas and recycled polyester, this bag will fit everything you need (and then some) without compromising the planet. The Catalina Tote includes a roomy shoe compartment, padded messenger strap, suitcase handle, and plenty of pockets. Five percent of the bag’s proceeds benefit local New York nonprofits.
Founded by singer Ciara, Dare to Roam provides ethical and sustainable luggage. Made with recycled materials, the brand’s Scout Weekender bag is water-resistant and uses antimicrobial technology to prevent over 99 percent of bacteria growth. Sturdy shoulder straps, a shoe and laundry bag, and a back trolley sleeve complete the B Corp-certified style.
Patagonia’s Black Hole duffels are a fan favorite for a reason. Sold in 40L, 55L, 70L, and 100L sizes, the bags boast 100 percent recycled body fabric, lining, and webbing. Their waxed exterior helps your stuff stay dry throughout any weather, while inside, the bags live up to their “Black Hole” name. You can fit all you’ll need and more.
While Pakt’s products aren’t sustainable in the traditional sense, they are made from vegan materials that have the lowest possible environmental impact possible, and are made in ethical conditions. Its travel backpacks feature a lifetime guarantee and come with an anti-theft pocket, a removable packable hip belt, a water-proof pocket for toiletries, and more.
If you’re looking for a bag you can use on your commute as well as traveling, try this Transit Pack. Made with recycled waterproof polyester and nylon, the bag boasts a lifetime warranty — meaning it’ll last you, well, for life. Plenty of pockets, a laptop sleeve, and padded straps give you all you’ll need when packing light.
Parker Clay’s luggage is on the pricier side, but it’s built to last. Made from premium Ethiopian full grain sustainable leather, the bags’ materials are sourced from local Ethiopian farmers who “treat their animals with care and respect” and are raised for food, according to the Parker Clay website. The brand uses traditional Chrome and sulfide-free tanning practices, as well as organic vegetable-based dyes.
If you’re looking for a fashionable yet functional weekender bag, take a look at Anchal’s colorful offerings. Made from a GOTS certified organic cotton and a durable canvas lining, each duffel is built to last. All weekenders are made in Ajmer, India by a fair trade holistic artisan employment program.