WIRED’s gear team has tested dozens of bags meant to ease commutes and withstand wear and weather. Here, our favorite eco-friendly bags are as capable and durable, but made using recycled materials like plastic water bottles, old nylon, and even fishing nets retrieved from the ocean.
It’s important to find ways to reuse what would otherwise pollute our oceans and sit in landfills forever. But first, ask yourself: Do you need a new bag? Buying sustainable items when you already have good ones at home doesn’t help much. But if the bag you have now isn’t working out, then you might get some peace of mind with our picks below that utilize recycled materials. Not every bag is made from 100 percent recycled materials, but every little bit counts.
Bags are often categorized by liters, which we explain more in a separate article. See the rest of our bag picks in our guides on the Best Backpacks, Best Totes and Purses, and Best Messenger and Sling Bags. And be sure to read our other sustainable roundups, like the Best Recycled and Upcycled Products, Best Recycled Clothing, and Best Reusable Products.
Updated January 2024: We added Verloop’s Scrap Stuffed Tote, Lo & Sons’ Nouvelle purse and Patchwork Tote, and Solo’s Re:Fresh backpack to this guide. We also updated prices and links throughout.
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