Posted on August 5, 2008 by
A backpack or schoolbag is another common item on the back to school list.
Look for hand-me-downs and thrift store finds. Don’t be afraid to give the backpack a good wash. Give new life to an old backpack with iron on patches, ribbon and cord, or fabric paints.
If you need to purchase a new bag, look for a sturdy bag that isn’t too trendy. Explain to your child that you’re buying the bag to last for several years, not just one. Choose neutral colors. I still have and use the sage green canvas messenger bag I used for all four years of high school and through college. It’s classic and neutral, and it’s still in once piece, so I never felt the need to get rid of it.
If you need ideas for a new bag, check out these eco-friendly options.
There are a lot of backpacks out there made from PET, a fabric made from recycled plastics (like soda bottles). Check out this one from luggage.com, this one from Neiman Marcus, or this one from ebags.com (pictured above).
Ecolution has hemp backpacks and messenger bags, and so does Rawganique. Hemp is a renewable resource, improves the soil as it grows, and doesn’t require herbicides to grow well, and requires little water.
Keen has a wide selection of bags made from recycled polyester and other recycled materials.
While you’re getting a bag ready for your child, consider giving a bag to a foster child as well.