13 Best Recycled Backpacks and Bags (2022): Totes, Handbags, Shopping Bags


The WIRED Equipment Team tested dozens of backpacks, totes, handbags, messengers, scarves, and even reusable shopping bags. An increasingly common theme we’ve noticed is the use of recycled materials in the construction of these bags. These materials come from plastic water bottles, old nylon, and even nets caught in the ocean. It is important to find ways to reuse what would otherwise pollute our oceans and stay in landfills forever.

That’s why, in this guide, we’ve rounded up our favorite bags that use recycled materials in one way or another. That doesn’t mean every bag is made from 100% recycled materials, but every little bit counts. The first question to ask yourself is: Do you need a new backpack? If the one you have now really isn’t working and can’t be fixed, then you could have peace of mind with our choices below.

Be sure to read our guides to the best recycled and upcycled products, the best reusable products, the best laptop bags and the best camera bags.

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