Slay Back-to-School Season With These Vegan Backpacks + Laptop Sleeves

Accessories are an important part of any back-to-school fit. Everyday items like backpacks or laptop sleeves can be used as fun ways to express yourself, but be sure to avoid items made from animal-derived materials—like leather, which is someone’s skin 🤢 —at all costs.

To make leather, humans castrate and brand cows, pigs, goats, and other animals without painkillers and then skin them—many while they’re still conscious. When you’re sporting a leather backpack, you’re wearing a tortured animal’s skin.

There’s absolutely no reason to support this cruelty—thankfully, classy vegan materials make for even better bags. Choose from these vegan backpacks and laptop sleeves to start your school year on a compassionate note.


Matt & Nat – Aries Backpack

Matt & Nat, a completely vegan company, makes a super-stylish PVC backpack. A curved top zipper closure keeps your most important belongings safe—and as an eco-friendly bonus, the interior lining is made from 100% recycled water bottles.

HotStyle – SIMPLAY Classics Medium-Sized Backpack

Don’t let this lightweight backpack fool you—it’s less than a pound, but it packs a powerful punch. HotStyle’s SIMPLAY Classics Backpack is made of durable water-resistant polyester to ride out rain and stand up to rough handling. Plus it’s really easy to clean—a damp rag can swiftly wipe away most stains.

Scarleton – Chic Casual Backpack H1608

Scarleton’s faux-leather backpack is water- and dirt-resistant with an anti-scratch surface. This stylish bag is built to last. 💪 The chic vegan design will dazzle people around you without killing any animals.

Jen & Co. – Tatum Canvas Backpack

Since 2015, Jen & Co. has led the drive to create beautiful bags from animal-friendly materials. A perfect example is the gorg Tatum Canvas Backpack with vegan leather contrast, an inner slip and zip pockets, a back zip pocket, and a snap closure. 😍

New Era – Black Color Pack Backpacks and Gym Sacks

Love sports? New Era makes vegan backpacks and gym sacks highlighting dozens of pro baseball and football teams. Available at Nordstrom, these products will secure your belongings while helping you hype your team of choice.

Laptop Sleeves and Bags

Vera Bradley – Women’s Cotton Laptop Organizer

On your next trip to Target, check out this vegan Vera Bradley masterpiece. Offered in  a beautiful Dreamer Paisley pattern, this cotton bag comes with a padded laptop pocket to protect your computer as you go about your day.

Multitasky – Vegan Leather Waterproof Laptop Bag

Multitasky knows what’s up—the company made this laptop bag in recognition of the fact that life can get a little messy. The vegan leather bag withstands water spills, has tons of extra pockets and a pouch for makeup and school supplies, and can even be rolled up and used as a mouse pad.

BAGSMART – Laptop Bag for Women

Available on Amazon, BAGSMART’s laptop bag has a large tech compartment that can fit any 15.6-inch laptop, a document compartment for folders or books, and two front pockets for your daily necessities. Besides being practical, it’s also super-comfy—the adjustable “C” curve padded shoulder strap will come in clutch if you struggle with back or shoulder pain.  

BAGGU – Puffy Laptop Sleeve

Your laptop deserves to live in a puffy, protected place. BAGGU’s 16-inch laptop sleeve has the perfect amount of padding and a secured Velcro closure to keep your laptop in tip-top shape. Plus, its designs are just adorable—strawberries, clouds, and smiley faces? Yes, please!

CALPAK – Padded Laptop Sleeve

CALPAK’s chic checkered laptop sleeve takes the stress of owning an expensive item off your shoulders. With its water-resistant design, a strong polyester exterior, and interior padding to protect against bumps and scratches, this sleeve is the ultimate safety-conscious choice.

peta2 – ‘Animal Rights’ Laptop Sleeve

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If you want to rep animal rights wherever you go, we have you covered. This dynamic animal rights–themed sleeve is made of 100% neoprene and proudly shows your support for all animals. So how much does it cost? Technically, it’s free! You just have to earn 250 points in peta2’s Rewards Program by taking actions for animals. That’s right—you can get free merch and save animals at the same time. 😄


Once you’ve picked out your fave bag, keep the animal rights theme rolling. Deck out your backpack or laptop bag with an “Adopt! Don’t Shop” pin (available through our Rewards Program) or free peta2 animal rights stickers. And fill those extra pockets with gripping animal-friendly literature—check out these books for inspo.

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