In this article we outline our Top 10 Favorite Vegan Leather Backpacks in 2021.
Why vegan leather? We wrote an in-depth article about the benefits of being vegan, I highly recommend you to read this post if you would like to learn more about veganism and its potential to change the world.
And now, without further ado, here are out favorite backpacks that are made from 100% animal cruelty free materials!
Let’s get started.
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Top 10 Vegan Leather Backpacks in 2020
LXY Vegan Leather Backpack
One of my favorite vegan leather backpacks which accompanies me on all my environmentally conscious trips throughout the world – Vegan leather represent!
This LXY vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 1600 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Modoker Vegan Leather Backpack
A super durable canvas bag with vegan leather straps. All buckles on this backpack are solid brass. The perfect vegan laptop backpack, with a built in USB charging port. Also worth mentioning is this backpack has a total of 7 compartments to keep all your stuff organized.
This Modoker vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 850 eco-conscious travellers around the world with a review rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Zebella Vegan Leather Backpack
One of the easiest vegan leather backpacks to clean, both for men and women. This backpack has a total of 8 compartments. A uniquely stylish looking backpack that can be used for business traveling, outdoor activities or high school. Another cool thing to note is that the shoulder straps are extra soft adding to the carry comfort.
This Zebella vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 480 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
Zebella Vegan Leather Backpack
This backpack is made out of friendly pu leather fabric, polyester lining and will not stain as it ages. It is also the perfect size to carry laptops and school books for college students.
This Zebella vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 240 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Matt & Nat Dean Vegan Leather Backpack
These vegan leather backpacks are 100% animal and cruelty free, and come with a full 1-year Matt & Nat warranty.
This Matt & Nat Dean vegan leather backpack is a high end bag without any reviews on Amazon.
DYJ Vegan Leather Backpack
This backpack has a comfortable airflow design with thick but ventilated padding. Like the Modoker it also has a USB port connection point. Perhaps most exciting about this bag is the specially treated waterproof zippers. This allows these vegan leather backpacks to be fairly water resistant in light rainy conditions.
This DYJ vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 70 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Estarer Vegan Leather Backpack
Made for women, this bag is rather more of a vegan leather satchel than backpack. However, it still has over 6 compartments. Although the zips are not treated, this backpack is nevertheless water resistant.
This Estarer vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 1400 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Zoeshop Vegan Leather Backpack
If you plan to carry ipads, laptops, school books, calculators,lunch boxes or gym clothes around then this is the perfect backpack for you. The bag also features magnetic buttons for opening and closing which easily keeps everything very secure.
This Zoeshop vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 30 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
UTO Vegan Leather Backpack
Perhaps one of the most popular vegan leather backpacks on our list, the UTO is every eco-friendly women’s dream! The backpack has 2 shoulder straps and one adjustable shoulder strap. My favorite accessory on this bag are the two sidepockets, absolutely PERFECT size for a Kleen Kanteen eco-friendly water bottle.
This UTO vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 5200 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Coofit Vegan Leather Backpack
And finally our last vegan backpack on the list. The Coofit features exquisite workmanship: smooth and polished zipper, sturdy shoulder straps, multi-pocket design and high-quality vegan material.
This Coofit vegan leather backpack is trusted by over 1650 eco-conscious travelers around the world with a review rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.
What is vegan leather?
Vegan leather, sometimes known as faux leather can be produced from a number of different materials.
The most common materials used to create vegan backpacks are cork, glazed cotton, waxed cotton, bark-cloth, and paper.
Some companies create a synthetic version of leather which uses materials such as polyvinyl chloride and polyurethane.
Some vegans may consider these materials as non-vegan.
What is the best vegan leather material?
- Recycled rubber
Are Vegan leather backpacks good quality?
Genuine leather tends to be more hard wearing that vegan leather alternatives. However, the price tag generally reflects this, with faux leather backpacks usually being much cheaper.
Vegan leather backpacks tend to have slightly thinner material than real leather bags, therefore they tend to fade and break sooner.
However, if you look after your backpack, it’s likely to last you many years.
Is vegan leather better for the environment?
Real animal leather is the most environmentally toxic material of all!
However, with this being said some synthetic vegan leather materials may still be harmful to the environment, although they are still animal friendly.
My recommendation is to ALWAYS recycle your backpack, especially if you have opted for a synthetic vegan leather backpack.
You can recycle items at Earth 911.
Some of our bags on this list are made from synthetic leather, therefore I highly recommend you look into recycling or donation options.
Kyle was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. In his spare time he kitesurfs with whales, gets attacked by jellyfish, SUP’s with great white sharks and rescues seals. He is not a best selling author like every other Tom, Dick and Harry out there but loves to write nevertheless. Especially about climate science and animals.