Phew, it’s almost that time of the year again! Kindergarten and primary schools will reopen in September. It is therefore urgent to get the school bags out of the dust again. Could your little one use a new backpack or shoulder bag? Then we have some sustainable tips for you here!

Organic cotton for your little one

Coq en Pâte

Is your little one crazy about animals? Then a school bag from the French brand Coq en Pâte is a perfect fit. With their colourful prints, the brand focuses on endangered animals and supports NGOs, scientists and associations active in the field of nature conservation worldwide. AND, the bags are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. Chimpanzees, penguins or dolphins?

The sustainable school bags from Coq and Pâte can be found at Kudzu, Blabloom and Doekjes en Broekjes.

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Trixie Baby

Would you prefer a more playful one? Then let us introduce you to the Belgian brand Trixie Baby. Their entire range is made from organic cotton. Discover these cute school bags at Atelier Bébé in Mechelen.

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The school bags by Melawear are made of 100% organic cotton. These solid backpacks are classic in design, but hip in color. The models are available in pink, grey, blue, yellow and more… Melawear satchels are available at Anders getint and Doekjes en Broekjes in Leuven.

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For tough vikings

Danefae Organic

Real Vikings wear Danefae Organic. The brand considers the safety of the child extremely important and therefore does not use any dangerous chemicals during production. In addition, overstock is regularly donated to SOS Children's Villages, families with cancer patients and orphanages such as DinNødhjælp in Nigeria. These sturdy backpacks are available at Hejsan Hoppsan in Mortsel.

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School bags from recycled PET bottles

Sticky Lemon

Keep the summer vibes going for a while longer with a Sticky Lemon backpack. These quirky bags feature colour blocking and are a wink to the past. They might even bring back beautiful memories of your own childhood. Discover the school bags at Finn & Julia in Kalmthout or at Knotsknetter in Amsterdam.

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Studio Ditte

At the cool shop Pim Pam Poen in Bruges, at Finn & Julia Kalmthout or Blabloom in Genk you will certainly find what you want in school supplies and especially backpacks from Studio Ditte. The Dutch products of Studio Ditte are made from recycled PET bottles in China.

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A real eyecatcher

An eye-catcher on your back on the way to school? Then you must be Kudzu, because their kindergarten book bags from the brang Engel are a real keeper. The bags come in a striped version or in different motifs and are also made from recycled PET bottles.

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Playful bags from Fresk

At Scharrelvos in Borgerhout and Blabloom in Genk you will find large and small backpacks from the brand Fresk. This Dutch brand makes backpacks with cute patterns from recycled PET bottles.

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Get your little one a second hand school bag

Could it be a little more circular for you? Then you can always go to second-hand children's stores to get your little one a preloved book bag. Be sure to take a look at Closet Stories in Ghent and Scharrelvos in Borgerhout. Or discover the many second-hand children's shops in Amsterdam such as Old West, JunJun and Ziggy + Lucy. Want to discover even more second-hand children's shops? Check our shopping guide and select 'kids' for whom and '2nd hand' for type of store.

Discover preloved items for kids

Also looking for a new outfit for the first day of school? Also read our blog post about sustainable children's clothing or check our shopping guide to find stores near you.

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