If you have a student in your life who is eco-conscious and prefers to buy and use "green" products, treat her to a backpack make of eco-friendly materials. Not only will she appreciate the kind gesture, she'll be able to use the present on a daily basis.
When shopping for an earth-friendly backpack, look for ones constructed of sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, durable canvas, bamboo fibers and recycled fabrics. Choose bags colored with all-natural dyes, and if the recipient is a vegan, avoid products containing leather. It's also important that the backpack is ethically and responsibly made by artisans earning fair wages.
You can also look for backpack brands that donate a portion of their proceeds to eco-friendly causes, such as those that support endangered species and clean water initiatives. Earth-conscious backpacks should also have a convenient compartment that's roomy enough to hold reusable water bottles.
When narrowing down what backpack to purchase for friend or loved one, go with one featuring a rugged, durable construction and plenty of handy storage compartments. A versatile backpack can be used for both school and outdoor adventures, such as hiking or camping.
If you're unsure of what color bag to choose, you can't go wrong with a basic eco-friendly black backpack. To round out the gift, fill the backpack with coordinating items. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. School Supplies and Books
Filling the backpack with a selection of useful school supplies is especially appropriate if the recipient's birthday falls in August or September. It can also make a thoughtful back-to-school present.
Supply ideas include notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, planners, and scissors, glue and crayons for younger students. If you can, have the backpack and/or notebooks personalized with the recipient's name or initials as a special touch.
As an alternative to school supplies, you can fill the bag with age-appropriate books or magazines, which is ideal if the celebrant has an upcoming car or airplane trip.
2. Outdoor Activity Gear
For a person that loves the outdoors, enhance the backpack with items she can use either while hiking or camping, or both. Reusable glass or stainless steel water bottles, sunglasses, lip balm, sunscreen, bug repellent and even a air of comfortable, high-quality hiking boots will make thoughtful filler ideas.
Other fun and useful options include compasses, a bird identification book and journal, binoculars, waterproof socks, a fire-starting kit and a picture-taking tripod for smartphones.