As the summer comes to an end, it’s time for some of us to start gearing up for the school year, ideally in sustainable style. If you’re looking for the greenest way to carry all your textbooks, laptop, and other gadgets to and from class, here are our top five recommendations for eco-chic book bags…


(No, the Anya Hindmarch “Not-a-plastic-bag” bag doesn’t count — as it is neither eco nor a book bag!)

Voltaic Solar Bags, Voltaic Systems, Voltaic Backpacks, Voltaic Solar powered backpacks and messenger bags, photovoltaic bags

1. VOLTAIC SOLAR BAGS
The go-to bags for the high-tech eco-friendly student, Voltaic bags can power your cell phone, PDA’s, and other gadgets while holding your textbooks. Bring out your inner eco geek and load up your Voltaic bag with all the gadgets and books it can hold!
$199 – $250 from Voltaic

Solar backpack, solar tote, solar bag, solar-powered bag, juice bags, reware, green bags

2. JUICE SOLAR TOTES
Another solar-powered sack, this tote doubles as a beach bag for those days you just can’t resist playing hookie. Similar to Voltaic, the totes power small gadgets- plus they’re made from biodegradable canvas!
$199 from Reware

Baumm, Recycled Advertisement bags, recycled banner bags, recycled bags, eco bags, eco purse 3

3. BAUMM RECYCLED ADVERTISEMENT BAGS
Buenos Aires-based Baumm uses recycled advertising banners from around the city and transforms them into hip and one-of-a-kind graphic bags. They’re sturdy, colorful, and big enough to carry all your back-to-school supplies!
$30 and up from Baumm

Feuerwear, recycled bags, firehose bags

4. FEUERWEAR FIRE HOSE BAGS
Feuerwear takes fire hoses to a new and very functional personal level, transforming the strong textile into usable bags that are not only strong as heck, but hip and durable. Also check out their line of wallets and other accessories.
€ 79 from Feuerwear

Red Flag Designs, Recycled Sail Bags, Red Flag AUM Tote Bag, Recycled Book bags, Eco-bags for back-to-school, back-to-school eco bags, back to school eco style, recycled sail boat tote bag

5. RED FLAG RECYCLED SAIL BAGS
Nautical style is all the rage in the fashion world, making these Red Flag recycled sail bags the perfect compliment to your navy and white back-to-school outfit. Available exclusively at Branch Home.
$198 from Branch