WIREDs team have tested dozens of backpacks, bags, purses, messengers, slings and even reusable shopping bags. More and more of these bags use recycled materials that come from plastic water bottles, old nylon and even fishing nets sourced from the sea. It is important to find ways to recycle what would otherwise contaminate our garden and lie in landfills forever.
In this guide, we have collected our favorite bags that use recycled materials in one way or another, shape or form. Not every bag is made from 100 percent recycled materials, but every little bit counts. But first: Do you need a new backpack? If the one you have now really does not work and can not be repaired, then you might get some peace of mind with our choices below.
Be sure to read our guides on the best recycled and reusable products, best recyclable products, best portable bags and best camera bags.
Updated June 2022: We added Cuyana’s Oversized Tote and Samsonites Outline Pro luggage.
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