10 Sustainable Luggage Brands For Eco-Friendly Travel
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As we approach the holidays, travel season is upon us! If you’re looking to upgrade your travel gear (or gift an upgrade to a loved one!) consider choosing sustainable luggage from these eco-friendly, fair trade collections from the best luggage brands we could find.
Coming in an array of styles, colors, personalizations, and sizes, these sustainable suitcases are made by conscious brands, many of which are committed to ethical practices and environmental conservation efforts. Most importantly, these eco-friendly luggage lines are built to last; this means less waste and a bag you can travel with for years to come.
Best For | Carry-on luggage, packing cubes
Sustainability | OEKO-TEX certified sustainable & recycled materials, Climate Neutral Certified, carbon-neutral, ethically made, gives back
Price Range | $45–$425
Paravel is reimagining travel, and not just with its collection of chic suitcases. This NY-based brand has a forward-thinking sustainability model; to date, the company has recycled 5 million plastic water bottles (and counting!) into what’s called negative nylon. This material is used for Paravel’s packing cubes, totes, backpacks, and the interior lining of the Aviator suitcase. The luggage shells are made with recycled polycarbon exterior, an aircraft-grade recycled aluminum handle, vegan leather details, and recycled zippers.
All of this plus the timeless designs, beautiful color schemes, and Paravel’s five-year warranty? We know precisely what suitcase we’re rolling into our next adventure.
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Best For | Heavy duty wheeled duffels
Sustainability | Certified B Corp, fair labor & safe working conditions, sustainable materials, closed-loop cleaning, gives back, upcycled options
Price Range | $169–$419
Known for their expansive line of outdoor clothing and accessories as well as their sustainability efforts, it comes as no surprise that Patagonia’s collection of bags and gear includes a truly heavy duty wheeled duffel that could withstand a lifetime’s worth of trips around the world. Sold in 40L, 70L, and 100L sizes, this weather resistant, waxed bag is designed to haul your gear on sturdy wheels and with a telescoping handle. Made from 100 percent recycled body fabric, lining, and webbing, this duffel is perfect for long-term trips and outdoor travel.
The brand is so committed to sustainability and reducing waste that they not only back every product with an ironclad guarantee that it will last, but they also offer repairs and include DIY repair & care instructions on their site. We are also big fans of their secondhand shop Worn Wear, for trade-in, buying used, or recycling their items to reduce consumption and extend product life.
Best For | Customizable luggage
Sustainability | Made in the USA, recycled & eco-friendly materials
Price Range | $150–$695
From former TUMI employees comes Roam, one of the world’s most customizable luggage brands. From monograms to selecting the color of your bag’s stitching, this collection is fun, unique, and created to reflect each traveler’s personality. (Or you can choose from its existing gallery!)
Roam is also passionate about local business and job creation in the USA. Every one of these suitcases is designed, made to order, and handcrafted at a workshop in Georgia. Each bag comes with a lifetime guarantee to cover non-cosmetic damage.
4. Lo & Sons
Best For | Weekenders, totes, & backpacks
Sustainability | Eco-friendly & recycled materials, organic canvas, gives back
Price Range | $200–$465
Imagine a bag that’s as stylish and eco-friendly as it is functional: Say hello to Lo & Sons’ Catalina Deluxe tote. Made with organic canvas or recycled polyester, this sustainable luggage is ideal for anyone and everyone you know! With a roomy shoe compartment, a padded messenger strap, suitcase handle, and plenty of pockets, it’s spacious and durable. No wonder it’s one of the brand’s best-selling bags.
When Helen Lo saw a need for better backpacks and luggage, she worked with her two sons to make it possible. Today, this small Asian American, family-owned business uses organic and recycled materials whenever possible, strives to be fully sustainable, and donates five percent of proceeds to community action organizations and nonprofits local to their NY base.
Best For | Lightweight Italian weekenders, totes, toiletry cases, and wallets
Sustainability | Eco-friendly materials, certified organic fibers, artisan-made, water-saving production
Price Range | $129–$389
Family-owned Italian brand Uashmama is committed to eco-friendly designs that are as stylish as they are functional. Based in Tuscany, founder Marco Marconi used pioneering methods in his handcrafted footwear line to reduce the brand’s environmental impact, resulting in its signature washable paper dubbed “AGGO.” The ethical and durable material feels and functions like a textile, with a sleek and fun aesthetic. (Check it the chic set cosmetic case set) Using generations of Italian craftsmanship and attention to detail combined with a passion for sustainability, Uashmama is a no-brainer for the eco-conscious traveler looking for a classic luxury travel set.
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6. United By Blue
Best For | Durable yet stylish travel backpacks & totes
Sustainability | Certified B Corp, ethically made, recycled & sustainable materials, conservation program
Price Range | $64–$148
If you’re looking for a bag that can withstand a subway commute and a long hike, look no further than United By Blue’s 25L Transit Pack. Made with responsible materials (like recycled waterproof polyester and nylon), this eco-conscious bag is just one of many in the brand’s sustainable luggage line.
United By Blue is known and loved for its conservation program as well: The certified B Corp removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways with every product sold. That paired with a lifetime warranty makes UBB one of our favorites for conscious travel in 2022 and beyond.
Best For | Artisan-made leather totes, weekenders, and carry ons
Sustainability | Certified B Corp, climate-neutral, fair production, upcycled materials, Leather Working Group certified tanneries & responsibly sourced leather
Price Range | $80–$350
For a beautifully handmade leather bag, you can’t go wrong with Nisolo. The certified B corp works hard to create ethical and sustainable leather goods in partnership with Peruvian artisans. Each climate-neutral purchase comes with a transparent “Sustainability Facts” label that holds themselves accountable for materials, ethical working conditions, and their environmental impact. We love their commitment to planet and people, and their products are the highest quality, crafted with skill and care. Choose from their shoppers, backpacks, weekenders, and more, all handcrafted from responsibly sourced leather and canvas in a gorgeous array of rich whiskey-browns and earthy neutrals.
Best For | Functional, timeless matching sets
Sustainability | Climate Neutral Certified, member of 1% for the Planet, vegan
Price Range | $261–$345
If you are a frequent flyer looking for the perfect timeless luggage set that is equally as functional as it is stylish, look no further than Monos. Named after the Japanese concept of “mono no aware,” or the appreciation of beauty in fleeting moments, the brand is committed to creating travel products that will help you do just that. Their mindfully designed luggage line offers TSA-approved carry-ons to check-in sized premium travel cases that all nest neatly together between trips.
We love the attention to functionality in their designs, like the sleek front compartment on the Carry-On Pro Plus for easy access to laptops, books, and more. Mix and match or buy a set in matching hues for each person in your family to ensure years of sleek, stylish, and functional journeys to wherever life takes you!
Best For | Luggage to last
Sustainability | Conservation partnerships & matching grants, repair program
Price Range | $149–$1787
A bag by Orvis is a bag inspired by nature, and we’re all about investing in quality luggage with the Battenkill Expandable Roller. Perfect for extended trips and touting a lifetime warranty, the Battenkill is one we know will be passed down through generations.
Orvis dates back to 1856 when the company was founded in the hills of Vermont. Dedicated to protecting the wild, these products will survive and outlast all your adventures. Orvis gives five percent of pre-tax profits to environmental protection efforts and works with numerous conservation partners and initiatives.
10. Dare To Roam
Best For | Affordable carry-on luggage for weekends & day trips
Sustainability | Certified B Corp, ethically made in China, biodegradable packaging, gives back
Price Range | $58–$148
Singer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Ciara founded Dare To Roam as an ethical, sustainable luggage brand in mid-2021. Water-resistant and designed to prevent over 99 percent of bacteria growth, this travel-friendly luggage lets you roam freely and safely. The Scout Weekender is a great affordable option for quick getaways, with sturdy shoulder straps, a shoe and laundry bag, and a back trolley sleeve to fit atop rolling bags.
In addition to the weekender, this certified B Corp’s collection includes duffles, backpacks, totes, and more—all made responsibly. Even the packaging is biodegradable and recyclable. Best yet, a percentage of proceeds supports the Why Not You Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at fighting poverty and empowering youth through mentorship. Enjoy this gorgeously designed, thoughtfully made luggage.
Featured Image from Paravel