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Whether you’re heading back to school, running errands around town, or hiking a trail, there are lots of reasons a backpack can come in handy. And as functional as they may be, we’d love for them to be fashionable, too. But what’s most important to us is to find one that is ethically and sustainably made—a bag that is kind to its makers and the environment.
These bags are responsibly made and/or give back to communities in need, and as they come in different volumes and are equipped with all sorts of compartments, can take you from a workday to the weekend with ease.
If you’re looking for a different kind of everyday bag, check out our guide to handbags, totes, and weekenders.
Best Overall — Terra Thread
Best for Adults — Lo & Sons
Best for Kids — STATE
1. Terra Thread
Best For $79–$299
Patagonia is known for creating products that are versatile, and this is also the case for its extensive backpack collection. Carefully constructed for more conscious living, the Patagonia packs are made to meet all your needs. Find what you need by sorting the bags by volume, materials used (like recycled polyester and nylon), or features (like hydration compatibility and laptop compartments). Whether you use it for school, as a carry-on, or as an overnight bag, Patagonia backpacks are built for transition.
8. Pixie Mood