Packing Light for the Planet: The Best Sustainable Luggage Options

As national and international borders reopen, cities are welcoming travellers again with open arms. However, the priority of protecting our planet remains crucial and many of us are keen to mitigate the impact our wandering ways have on the earth. There’s one very simple way to do this: by selecting eco-conscious brands and sustainable luggage.

Whether you’re packing for some far-flung location or staying within your beautiful national borders, ensure your next trip is less environmentally detrimental by choosing sustainable luggage.


The New York-based brand is fast becoming the defining name in the world of eco-friendly suitcases with its collection of chic luggage and accessories. The company recycles plastic water bottles to create negative nylon – the sustainable material used in its packing cubes, totes, backpacks, and the interior lining of suitcases. Its wheeled luggage is also made with a recycled polycarbonate shell, recycled lining, recycled zippers, vegan leather details and a recycled aluminium handle.



The revolutionary brand has been in the business for over 100 years, epitomising luxury and elegance in travel. Rolling with the times, Samsonite Eco-Nu line is made of Recyclex, a 100 per cent recycled PET plastic fabric that’s durable and flexible. Combined with cotton inlays coated with a water and stain-resistant vinyl acetate copolymer coating, its suitcases are lightweight, functional, easy-to-wheel and will reduce your travel footprint.

Lo & Sons

Perfect for weekend getaways and shorter stays, the brand by Helen Lo features a range of compact carry-ons, spacious backpacks and timeless totes. A leader in sustainable travel bags, the family-owned business uses organic and recycled materials such as organic canvas, recycled polyester, and plant-based fibres. They also promote sustainable packaging and streamline the production process by limiting waste and constantly moving towards the use of more recycled and biodegradable materials.


This Philippines brand describes itself as creating “Sustainable travel gear for global citizens,” offering premium sustainable travel backpacks and smart suitcases for every traveller. Its luggage is crafted from a number of materials that are made from ocean-bound plastic and excess luxury handmade material, as well as using recycled aluminium and polycarbonate. As a “climate positive” company, not only does the brand use sustainable materials but it has an ocean plastic cleanup initiative where for every item it sells the company saves 229 plastic bottles from the ocean.

United By Blue

Known for its conservation program, the certified B Corp company removes one pound of waste from oceans and waterways with every product sold. On top of its incredible philanthropy efforts, United By Blue also offers a practical and exciting range of eco-friendly carry-on luggage that’s made from recycled materials, is 100 per cent vegan and comes with a lifetime guarantee.


Continuing to be more environmentally friendly, OGIO’s ALPHA Convoy collection is made from the brand’s fully-recycled Cordura fabric using recycled polyester yarns. Designed for rugged trips and rough handling, the eco fabric uses reclaimed waste to produce the hardwearing material from discarded plastic water bottles. Amongst the range of rolling luggage, duffels, backpacks and totes, the OGIO backpacks are the best sellers and they’re also customisable with unique patterns, colours and designs.


The climate-neutral-certified company makes refined products for modern travellers. Not only do they source eco-friendly materials but they also ensure fair working conditions for factory employees, deliver with plastic-free packaging and create products that come with a lifetime guarantee. You’ll find a range of backpacks, duffels, packable tote bags and travel accessories that are practical, versatile, and made to last.

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