Sustainable Luggage We Love

We want to continue to be conscious travelers this year—and beyond. This doesn’t only mean once we arrive at our destination, but also while in transit and as we pack our suitcase. 

If you’re looking to upgrade your luggage this year, consider choosing a bag from one of these sustainable and fair-trade collections. Coming in a wide variety of styles, colors, personalizations, and sizes, these suitcases are made by conscious brands, many of which are committed to environmental conservation efforts. Moreover, these luggage lines are built to last, meaning less waste and a bag you can travel with for years to come.

1. InCase

Best For | Carry-on luggage, traveling with Apple products
Ethics | Eco-dyed fabric, company with US roots
Our Pick | The EO Roller
Price Range | $59–$299

InCase has West Coast roots; the luggage and accessories company began in San Francisco in 1997. While the brand designs and produces various bags and protection solutions (specifically for Apple devices), we are particularly fond of their eco-friendly suitcase, the EO Roller. A modern carry-on bag that’s sleek and sustainable—it’s perfect for the conscious traveler!

The EO Roller, similar to all the bags in InCase’s Ecoya line, is fabricated using an innovative eco-dying process. This means less water, less energy, and fewer chemicals are used when creating the suitcase. Because of the eco-dying process, the EO Roller’s fabric retains color longer than most luggage as well. InCase promises minimal fading when the bag is washed or exposed to water and light. 

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2. Everlane

Best For | Carry-on luggage, modern weekenders
Ethics | Fair trade, energy efficient production
Our Pick | The Twill Weekender
Price Range | $98–$115

We love everything from Everlane, including their sustainable luggage collection. The Twill Weekender, for example, is made with water-resistant cotton twill and fits inside an overhead compartment. A sleek and modern design, it comes in a variety of neutral colors and is perfect for all the short getaways you have planned this year.

Everlane is also committed to fair trade production and transparent pricing. The San Francisco-based brand is passionate about reducing waste, and they use energy efficient production methods. You can learn more about each Everlane factory, including the one where The Twill Weekender is made on the here.

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3. Roam

Best For | Customizable luggage
Ethics | Made in the USA
Our Pick | The Journey
Price Range | $375–$495

Roam makes one of the world’s most customizable suitcases. From monograms to selecting the color of your bag’s stitching, their luggage line is fun, unique, and created to reflect each traveler’s personality.

Roam is a brand that’s also passionate about local business and job creation in the USA. Every one of their suitcases is designed, made-to-order, and handcrafted at a workshop in San Diego, California. Each bag is overlooked and inspected by the founders as well for quality assurance.

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4. Lo & Sons

Best For | Weekenders, totes, & backpacks
Ethics | Eco-friendly & recycled materials, organic canvas, give-back, small business
Our Pick | Catalina Deluxe
Price Range | $118–$428

Imagine a bag that’s as stylish and eco-friendly as it is functional, and you’ve got Lo & Sons’ Catalina Deluxe tote. Made with organic canvas—so natural you can even see some of the seeds—this tote is ideal for anyone on a weekend getaway or bringing a carry-on on a quick flight. With a bottom pocket for shoes or undergarments, a messenger strap, suitcase handle, and plenty of pockets, it’s spacious and durable. It’s no wonder it’s one of their best-selling bags with over 700+ reviews.

When Helen Lo saw a need for better backpacks and luggage, she worked with her two sons to make it possible. Today, this small family-owned business crafts premium products that inspire people to go places and leave a positive impact while you’re at it. They opt for organic and recycled materials whenever possible, and hope to be 100% sustainable in the future.

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5. Patagonia

Best For | Multi-function and durable luggage
Ethics | Fair trade, zero-waste manufacturing
Our Pick | Black Hole Duffel Bag
Price Range | $119–$329

For sustainable luggage that doubles as a suitcase and a bag for outdoor adventures, we love Patagonia’s eco-friendly Black Hole duffel collection. The highly weather-resistant bag comes in a variety of sizes and colors. The duffel is even made with wheels as well for those who’d prefer a roller suitcase over the backpack variation.

From a sustainability standpoint, Patagonia is a leading brand for environmental conservation initiatives. At the end of 2018, they even launched a new mission for their brand claiming “Patagonia is in business to save our home planet.”  

The Black Hole duffel is both sustainable and fair trade. It’s made using a Zero-Wastewater Discharging System, meaning wastewater from manufacturing the bag is treated, so nearby waterways are not polluted with contaminants. It also means the water used to make this bag is recycled and used for water vegetation.

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6. United By Blue

Best For | Carry-on luggage, durable yet stylish weekenders
Ethics | Conservation Program, Sustainable Materials
Our Pick | The Trafford Weekender
Price Range | $98–$115

If you’re looking for a compact and handsome bag for travel, look no further than United By Blue’s Trafford Weekender. Made with responsible materials (like organic cotton canvas), this eco-conscious bag is just one of many in their sustainable luggage collection.

United By Blue is known and loved for their effective conservation program as well: the company removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways with every product sold. That paired with a lifetime warranty makes this bag one of our favorites for conscious travel in 2019.

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7. Orvis

Best For | Luggage to last
Ethics | Conservation partnerships and matching grants
Our Pick | Battenkill Expandable Roller
Price Range | $198–$650

A bag by Orvis is a bag inspired by nature, and we’re updating our luggage in the new year with the Battenkill Expandable Roller. Perfect for extended trips and the longer getaway, the Battenkill is one we know will be passed down through generations.

Orvis is a company dating back to 1856 when it was founded in the hills of Vermont. The brand is dedicated to protecting the wild, as well as creating products that survive and outlast all your adventures. Orvis also gives 5% of pre-tax profits to environmental protection efforts. The brand works with numerous conservation partners and initiatives so you can rest assured, your luggage from Orvis is not only beautiful, but it’s helping the environment.

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