There are many eco-conscious methods to limit your carbon footprint when travelling. Whether this means eco-friendly holidays, alternative means to planes or planning more domestic holidays, there are always new trends emerging. It might not occur to some people that luggage too can be added to this list. If you’re looking to replace your suitcase or even want to buy luggage as a present, consider looking into which brands offer sustainable products. This usually means material made of recycled plastics as well as open business practices and ethical supply chains. Here are just a few of the best luggage companies to consider in the UK that uses sustainable practices.
One of the most well-known outdoor brands in the world practices sustainable manufacturing. They have many products made of 100% postconsumer recycled polyester. Check out the Black Hole 40L Duffel below as an example. Although slightly high-end you know you are shopping responsibly – this particular luggage is priced at £95. Their quality however is unquestionable along with a recognisable logo, famous for its durability, versatility, and popularity. Patagonia is very open about its trades and practices. They not only support environmental programs but also social responsibility ones too. They make their entire supply chain and procedures public to ensure ethical practice and avoid any manufacturing exploitation.
Here is a wonderful company that makes simple products like these tote bags you see below. The bags are made of 100% certified organic and Fairtrade cotton. Their comfortable bags are made with a gusset at the corners for extra room and support. They’re great for travelling, particularly when by the beach or for shopping trips. The bags are designed by artists and can even be decorated at home. However, Everyday Plastic was not founded simply as manufacturers but as a grassroots project to help combat plastic waste. Their tote bags are priced at only £10 and all profit goes towards funding climate awareness projects.
Sandqvist is a fine-wear luggage manufacturer that prides itself on ethical practice. They are a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, following strict guidelines on all levels of the supply chain. Each of their suppliers, tanneries, and factories are regulated to ensure workers’ rights and good conditions. In fact, their key factories are family-owned, with re-furbished equipment, with every single one regularly audited to ensure good standards. They have a sleek modern design ranging from anything from multi-purpose backpacks, weekend bags, messenger bags, tote bags, wallets, and more. If you have the desire for truly stylish, extremely, but most importantly fairly, new luggage then Sandqvist may be for you. You can shop through their website and can find them through many other retailers in the UK.
Keep an eye on this article as we’ll be reaching out and updating as time goes on. With more companies, new and old, developing sustainable products and supply chains it’s never been a better time to shop ethically.