Travel — no matter how enriching it can be — isn’t always an eco-friendly activity. Aside from being conscious of how often we travel and the modes of transport we use to get us to our destination, there are other choices we can make to help reduce the impact our actions have on the planet.
One of those choices is the luggage we use. Rather than supporting fast-fashion and high-volume luggage brands, we can make a choice to support smaller brands on a mission to help us travel more sustainably.
The options in this guide all offer eco-friendly luggage in a variety of styles and sizes to help you pack for your next weekend getaway, or two-week long vacation.
Some of these options might seem expensive at first, but they’re designed to last for years, and they never cut corners on their sustainability practices.
Let’s take a look at each of the brands.
Our Sustainable Luggage Picks
Sustainability: Recycled materials, carbon offsetting program, tree planting program with Eden Reforestation Projects
Price: $$ – $$$
Luggage styles: Classic suitcases, totes, weekend and small travel bags, duffels, and small organizers
Ships to: Worldwide
Paravel is a luggage brand creating a range of classically styled but 100% carbon neutral suitcases, weekend bags, and duffels.
We love their approach to carbon offsetting. As you would expect, Paravel offsets emissions created from the sourcing, production, and delivery process. But, they go a step further, even offsetting the emissions that an average flight generates.
Paravel’s eco-friendly luggage is made from sustainable materials, including a recycled polycarbonate shell, recycled zippers and handle, as well as a lining made from upcycled plastic water bottles. The leather finishes are made from a vegan leather alternative.
There’s also a 5-year warranty on the bags, which is a testament to their quality, and the brand has won travel awards for their bags — there’s no compromise on quality in exchange for sustainability.
Pictured: Aviator Carry-On, $255
2. Lo & Sons
Sustainability: Eco-friendly materials, eco-friendly packaging, partner with The Renewal Workshop to reduce textile waste
Luggage styles: Weekender, duffel, and tote bags
Ships to: USA
Lo & Sons makes minimalist weekender, duffel, and tote bags, and are on a mission to reduce the harm that any luggage production does via innovation in production and materials.
Their bags are made with over 50% eco-friendly materials, and by 2023, the brand’s team expects that to be at 75%. Some of these materials include recycled poly (made from plastic bottles), organic cotton, recycled nylon, and gold-rated status leather (certified by the Leather Working Group).
Lo & Sons also publish an annual sustainability progress report so you can keep tabs on their sustainability journey.
Pictured: The Catalina Deluxe, $215
Sustainability: Plastic-free packaging, materials from recycled plastics, and eco-friendly shipping solutions
Luggage styles: Duffel bags, backpacks, and totes
Ships to: 35+ countries around the world
Best known for their minimalist duffel bags, Pakt is a luggage brand on a mission to create durable and long-lasting luggage you can use for travel, work, and your own personal adventures.
Pakt’s sustainable travel bags are packed with compartments so you don’t need to struggle fitting everything in, water-resistant, and come with a lifetime guarantee.
Pictured: Pakt Travel Backpack, $295
Sustainability: Certified B Corp, member of 1% For The Planet, support climate change action groups, transparent supply chain, and eco-friendly materials
Luggage styles: Duffels, rolling suitcases, backpacks
Ships to: Worldwide
Patagonia doesn’t need any introduction. But, as well as making great sustainable clothing, the brand also creates a range of durable, high-quality, and best of all, sustainable luggage.
Whether you need a 100L bag for a week away, or a small, lightweight backpack you can take on a flight or as an everyday bag, Patagonia has you covered.
Pictured: Black Hole® Wheeled Duffel Bag 100L, $349
Sustainability: GOTS Certified, BlueSign Certified, OEKO-Tex Certified
Luggage styles: Clutches, purses, totes, weekend and travel bags
Ships to: US & Internationally (50+ destinations)
Cuyana’s stylish bags are perfect for a weekend away.
The Triple Zipper Weekender (pictured) in particular is a great option. It’s made with GOTS Certified Cotton, and sustainably sourced, Leather Working Group Gold certified leather.
The bags are also BlueSign and OEKO-Tex Certified, so you can be confident that there are no dangerous or harmful chemicals used in any of the production processes.
Pictured: Triple Zipper Weekender, $295
7. Roam Luggage
Sustainability: Handmade in the USA
Luggage styles: Wheeled suitcases
Ships to: Within the U.S
If you’re on the hunt for a unique American-made suitcase, Roam Luggage is for you. The bags are expensive, there’s no two ways around that fact. But, every bag is designed and assembled in the USA at the brand’s workshop.
You can customize your suitcase to your heart’s content, thanks to four sizing options, and a choice of seven colors for every part of the suitcase. If you’d prefer to choose from a selection of pre-designed cases, the brand offers those as well.
Roam offers a lifetime limited warranty, so if something goes wrong, you’re covered.
Featured: The Jaunt, $495
Sustainability: Sustainable materials, WRAP certified production facilities, Bluesign Certified and free from hazardous chemicals
Luggage styles: Backpacks, “one bag” packs
Ships to: Worldwide
Tropicfeel is already a favorite of ours for their versatile sneakers designed for travelling, so it’s only natural that they released a new range of backpacks and luggage.
We’ve tested their Shell Backpack and it’s proven to be robust and versatile for trips where you don’t need a large suitcase but still need space for a laptop, clothes, camera, or a spare pair of shoes. It also has optional extra packing accessories like an internal warbrobe, camera pack, tech pouch, and more.
Over 70% of the materials in their backpacks are sustainable, and they have WRAP and Bluesign certifications to prove that there are no toxic chemicals in their products, and the working conditions in their supply chain are free from any exploitation.
Tropicfeel also let you track the luggage’s entire production journey, showing you the factories, locations, and suppliers involved in the whole process.
Featured: Shell Backpack, €249
Sustainability: Recycled plastic bottles, recycled aluminum and polycarbonate. Partner with local organizations to remove ocean-bound plastic.
Luggage styles: Carry-on suitcases and backpacks
Ships to: USA and Canada, plus worldwide
Solgaard make TSA-approved sustainable luggage and carry-on cases for travelers who want a modern and functional case. The carry-ons have a built-in removable closet, the ability to add a powerbank and charge your phone directly from the outside of the case, a three-digit lock, padded handle, and smooth-rolling wheels.
Solgaard’s cases are made from a blend of materials, including 229 ocean-bound plastic bottles per case, as well as recycled aluminum and polycarbonate.
So far, the brand has pulled over 12 million bottles from rivers and oceans around the world.
These eco-friendly suitcases get glowing reviews and we’re sure they’ll be the perfect carry-on bag for your next trip.