The backpack is the workhorse of the bag community: versatile, sturdy, and affordable. Over at Planet Green, we've rounded up our favorites -- for adults kids alike -- that cost under $100. Naturally, all of our picks are also eco-friendly. From bags that use recycled and organic materials to companies that support ethical labor practices and customer-wide recycling programs, this guide offers the best packs to fit your green style and your budget. Read on for a sneak peek at our latest buying guide.
What: Menlo Park by Keen
Where: Keen Footwear through Zappos
Why We Like It: As part of Keen's Hybrid.Transport line of products, Menlo Park incorporates innovative green production techniques and materials. It's fabricated from both aluminum and rubber scraps diverted from Keen's shoe manufacturing process and recycled materials from outside sources. The result: 40% recycled content, 100% recycled aluminum components, and 100% recycled interior liners. Another perk: The stylish design will win over kids, teens, and adults.
How Much: $69
Nice Touch: Key features include: Draw-cord closure, adjustable shoulder straps, a 15.4-inch padded laptop sleeve, an interior zippered pocket, mesh cell phone and MP3 player pockets on shoulder straps, and a breathable molded foam back panel.
Read More: TreeHugger: Keen Bags From Keen Shoes and Sustainable Industries
What: Hangover by Simple
Where: Simple Shoes
Why We Like It: OK, so maybe this pick isn't under $100, but we couldn't resist the certified organic cotton canvas body and trim, corduroy lining, and webbing -- not to mention the metal zippers with recycled PET bottle bases! Simple is green through and through, from ongoing practices to green products and packaging, to measures to ensure ethical production under the firm's Ethical Supply Chain Guidelines.
How Much: $100
Nice Touch: The cushioned laptop section and back-side zipper make working on-the-go a breeze.
Read More: TreeHugger: Simple Shoes Launches Special Edition EcoSNEAKS Collection for StopGlobalWarming.org
(Full disclosure: Simple has been an advertiser on TreeHugger.)