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The Perfect Ethical Backpack for You

Back-to-School 2019 is on! Find the right backpack to fit your needs.

I just figured it up. I have officially done the back-to-school thing 19 times. This year, just two years after finishing my master’s and being done with that phase for myself for good, I’m getting ready for my son to head to preschool in a few weeks. I guess some of us are never really done with back-to-school!

And whether you’re lugging around a thousand textbooks and a laptop, or packing up a lunchbox and a blanket for naptime, you’ve got to have a great (hopefully comfortable) backpack to carry it all around in.

So, just in time for back-to-school, we’ve got some great-looking, quality, ethical backpack suggestions for you. And like any great backpack, they’re all versatile for travel, work, and play as well as school. So no matter what your age and what you need to carry around—whether you’re going back to school yourself, sending your little ones off, or just need a good weekend trip bag, we’ve got you covered with great backpacks for all ages.



For Preschoolers 

Global Gifts | Animal backpack

I am not kidding, I lose my mind every time I see these animal backpacks from Global Gifts. They are just so cute. They come in giraffe, elephant, lion, and monkey options, and are the perfect size for your little one to carry all by themselves (the straps are adjustable for an adult to carry it, too). Comfortable, cute, and big enough to fit everything they need for a day at school or a weekend at the grandparents’—this backpack is a win. 

Global Gifts is all about empowering artisans in the developing world. These particular backpacks are handmade in Kenya by artisans who are HIV positive and may have trouble finding employment elsewhere. Buying one of their backpacks provides them with a fair income, training opportunities, and other forms of empowerment.



For School-aged kids

Someone Somewhere | Mini Backpack

Bright, colorful, and unique (because every other kid is going to have a Fjallraven, right?)—the Mini Backpack from Someone Somewhere is perfect for school-aged kiddos. And it’s just the right size—not too big for elementary age, and still big enough for high school.

Someone Somewhere is committed to radical transparency and seeks to connect their consumers with the artisans who make their products. So when your kid’s friends ask where their cool new backpack is from, they can show the tag inside that lists who handmade the bag and where they are from. 



For Undergrad & Beyond

CAUSEGEAR | Urban Pack

Don’t mind me, I’m just over here jealous that I didn’t have this backpack in grad school, and you’re about to see why. The Urban Pack from CAUSEGEAR is ergonomically designed to keep you comfortable even after lugging all your books around campus. It’s water resistant, big enough for all your books, and has pouches in all the right places—a 15” laptop compartment, a small outside pocket for your keys and phone, and a front pocket for your tablet. It’s also perfect for weekend trips and outdoor adventures. 

CAUSEGEAR works to make freedom attainable to women in the developing world who are vulnerable to human trafficking. For every CAUSEGEAR product you purchase, you can see how many days of freedom you are helping provide for their artisans.



Erin King
DoneGood Contributor

Writer, editor, and all-around language enthusiast who
uses her love of words to help others.



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