The fashion industry is unsustainable. It’s manufacturing and distribution of goods is costly, and mostly for our planet.
Approximately 20% of wastewater worldwide comes from fabric dyeing and treatment, the large majority (87%) a fiber used for clothing making is incinerated or disposed of in landfills, and the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions. Those are just a few of the consequences of unsustainable fashion, not including the use and inability to contain microplastics, worker exploitation, and more.
A simple way of lessening your consumer footprint is buying goods made of sustainable fabrics. One of my favorites is hemp. Here are a few things that make it a superior, and more sustainable choice:
- hemp is efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
- hemp requires much less water to grow then other natural fiber alternatives
- hemp does not require the use of pesticides
- hemp makes durable fabric that lasts a long time
It also wears well, and is UV ray resistant. I like buying anything made from hemp, but I’ve found one of its best uses to be in backpacks or bags. To make finding a good hemp backpack easier, I’ve put together a list of some of the best hemp bags on the market. I hope it’ll be useful!
1. Dime Bags Original Hemp Backpack
Dimebag’s is a brand that offers protection and privacy for individuals who partake in a certain taboo activity that is slowly becoming legalized across the United States, if you catch my drift. All of their products include secret pockets and are smell proof, which comes in handy regardless of whether you fit in with the brands marketed customers or not.
Their original backpack comes in a ton of different colors, and is made out of hemp and recycled polyester, which boasts improved durability in comparison to 100% hemp fabric. By nature, because the bag is designed to be smell proof, it’s made of thick material and is extremely durable. If this is important to you, and you need a dependable backpack that will last you a long time, this one is definitely the one I would recommend.
Also, their logo on their bags are removable velcro labels, so if you don’t like the look of it, no problem – just rip it off and you’re good to go. (and you can also add fun velcro patches of your own)
2. Maha Bodhi Stripe Hemp Backpack
Maha Bodhi is another brand that makes high-quality hemp products. They’re also a very sustainable brand, and I love it.
All of their products are handmade in Nepal by employees earning livable wages through fair trade, which is something I value and look for as a conscious consumer. I also don’t mind purchasing from them because their products are made of durable hemp and heavy duty cotton, and are very stylish.
This striped backpack is one of my favorite products by them. It’s big enough to fit a 15-16 inch laptop and has multiple pockets/compartments to make staying organized easier.
3. Maha Bodhi Natural Hemp Backpack
This backpack is another product that I like by Maha Bodhi. It’s similar to the bag above (in that it’s big enough to fit a large laptop and is made of durable hemp and cotton) but it also has a couple extra pockets and a more minimalistic design.
4. Core Hemp Mini Backpack
If you want a bag that’s as easy to carry as a backpack but not as bulky, this mini backpack is a great option. The brand who makes them, Core Hemp, is another top contender for hemp made products, and they’ve got great reviews. All of their products are handmade in Nepal using organic hemp, and their brands missions are to give their Nepali workers a chance at a good life, to give their customers the opportunity to reduce their impact on the environment through their purchases, and to provide affordable fashion without the environment or the people behind it suffering.
This mini backpack has adjustable straps, two separate compartments, is made of 100% pure hemp, and is 12.3 x 10 x 6.5 inches.
5. Dime Bags Mini Backpack
Another one of my favorite products from Dime Bags is their Hot Box Mini Backpack. Just like all their other products, it’s extremely durable with its hemp and recycled polyester fabric, and is resistant to tearing, ripping, and other physical damage.
In addition, this bag has a secret pocket, a smell proof pouch, adjustable straps, and seven different compartments.
6. Core Hemp Messenger Bag
This cross-body bag by Core Hemp is one of my favorite on this list just because of how simple, yet stylish it is. Just like all their other products, it’s made of 100% organic hemp, and is created using sustainable labor.
This bag has two pockets, and is big enough to carry all of your essentials. The design of it is minimalistic, and it goes well with any outfit.
7. Natural Mandala Messenger Bag
If you’re not as into minimalism, or you like bags with designs on them, this crossbody messenger bag made by Lakhays would be a good option for you. It’s made of hemp and cotton, and comes in four different versions with different patterns on each – a mandala, a tree of life, a sun and moon, and an astrology themed design.
It has adjustable straps, multiple pockets, velcro closure, and is handmade by artisans in local neighborhoods of Nepal.
8. Dime Bags Urban Tote Bag
This is my favorite bag on this list. I’m always looking for bags that are multi-purpose, are big enough to use as grocery bags/storage bags, are durable enough to not fall apart with heavy use and heavy load, and are stylish enough to use as an everyday bag. This tote made by Dime Bags fits the bill, and I couldn’t recommend it more.
This bag’s fabric is tough, and can take a beating. It comes with a built-in handle and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. It’s big enough to carry anything I’d want, and I frequently use it on road trips, shopping trips, and when I’m traveling.
9. Dime Bags Stash Pack
If you’re a fan of fanny packs, this is the most durable one you’ll ever find. I know, I know, Dime Bags products are durable – we get it, lady! But forreal though, it’s crazy how long their products will last you. As a mindful consumer, I try to buy products that will last me a long time so I don’t have to consume as much, and that’s one reason I like Dime Bags products as much as I do. I also like them because they save me money – I’m frugal, and if I don’t how to replace a bag is often, that’s a big win in my eyes.
This Stash Pack is made of hemp and recycled polyester, resists color fading, is soft to the touch, has heavy-duty stitching, and is spacious enough to fit all kinds of phones and wallets.
10. Dime Bags Wristlet Wallet
This is one of the two hemp wallets I’ve purchased that didn’t fall apart, and I still have and use it to this day. It’s durable, has tons of different organizational storage compartments, has a heavy duty zipper and wrist strap, and offers RFID protection.
It’s also a really great size – big enough to fit all your cards, cash, coins, and random objects like chapstick or your phone, but small enough to fit comfortably and your hands, or hang comfortably from your wrist. 10/10 would recommend.
11. Hempmania Wallet
This is the second hemp wallet that I’ve found that didn’t fall apart with use, and I like it just as much as the one above. It’s smaller, more simple, and can conveniently fit in your pocket, which makes carrying it a breeze. It’s made of 100% hemp canvas, has eight different compartments, and is eco-friendly and sweatshop-free.
I use it when I don’t want to worry about having to carry a purse, or when I want a more discreet wallet.
Those are all of the hemp backpacks and bags that I’ve found and loved. I’m sure there are tons that are missing from this list, so if you’ve found one that you love that I didn’t mention, feel free to let me know about it in the comments below!
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