The backpack is one of the most practical and useful accessories that exist. But beyond that, it talks about us, about our style and preferences. So if you’re an eco hunter like us, sustainable backpacks will surely be on your radar.
Sustainable backpacks, in addition to being ideal alternatives because of their environmentally friendly materials and processes, are an excellent replacement for the plastic bags that are often used to transport anything.
In this case, we want to dedicate an article to Hemper’s sustainable backpacks made of hemp. You’ll see that it’s a comprehensive, inclusive and a healthy sustainable solution for the world. Because looking at the brand behind the product is just as important as looking at the product, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy meeting Hemper.
Hemp: the weed
Hemp, a plant surrounded by myths, prejudices but especially misinformation. The truth is that this plant, which is usually confused with marijuana, has nothing to do with it in terms of its psychoactive effects. What relates both plants, hemp and marijuana, is that they’re strains of the same mother plant, Cannabis Sativa. And this problem is far from being millenary.
It’s enough to analyze the clothing of the past and the crops of the oldest civilizations to realize that the fear about hemp is actually quite recent, from the last century to be more specific. Although we’re aware that many times people have a lack of interest in deepening their knowledge about their consumption and that the traditional media give little diffusion to natural alternatives, we argue that this is linked to the campaigns for oil and synthetic textile derivatives that seek to discredit this plant so as not to lose the podium.
The environmental benefits of hemp
This taboo that revolves around hemp overshadows a great opportunity to improve the damage that production systems do to the environment. This plant is an ideal alternative to many non-sustainable materials since it’s a durable natural fiber that requires 10 times less water than cotton and which regenerative capacities enrich the soils in which they grow, maintaining ecosystems.
In addition, it doesn’t require treatments with pesticides or herbicides, it only needs soil, water and sun. It blocks UVA rays and has a great thermal capacity; keeping the interior cool in summer and warm in winter. It’s a biodegradable, durable plant and one of the plants with the greatest power to regenerate oxygen. Its sustainable potential is not in dispute and, if this plant could speak, it would cry out for more attention.
Hemper, an integral sustainable project
The Hemper firm goes beyond producing sustainable objects, it has created a project with economic, social and environmental aspects that complement and enhance each other. All production is carried out in Nepal, starting with its raw material, hemp, extracted from the Himalayan region of Bajura, where it grows naturally. Then, groups of Nepalese artisans work the material and even the Hemper fabrics are naturally dyed by experts organized as Fair Trade production in Kathmandu.
Thus, they project an economic development that is not aggressive, but regenerates the value of the Nepalese cultural heritage, after being threatened daily by faster and cheaper textile materials and techniques due to globalization.
Buying a Hemper’s sustainable backpack is contributing to a more sustainable world at its best and makes you an owner of products with story, awareness and struggle. Within its collection of sustainable backpacks, one of its best known models is Annapurna. It’s a sustainable backpack available in up to 5 different colors, with 3 outer pockets and 1 inner pocket where you can store a laptop up to 15 inches. A functional and colorful design with a lot of style.
The Gokyo sustainable backpack has the particularity of being reversible and thanks to its design it can also be used as a bag. It has 1 outer pocket on the front with zip and, like Annapurna, it contains an internal pocket for laptops. Ideal if you’re looking for a comfortable option and one-color or two-color design.
Lhotse is the most traditional, minimalist and smallest model in the collection. While all the other sustainable backpacks listed in this article have a 14 liter capacity, the Lhotse design has 7 liters. It has 2 main spaces, 1 inside pocket where you can place a laptop up to 13 inches and a subtle outside pocket.
Finally, Nuptse is a roll-up bag design, that is, it has a little flexibility in terms of the size. It has a vertical zipper that allows it to be opened completely in a comfortable way if you need to look at something inside it. It has 3 outer pockets, one of them being located on the back. Available in 4 different colors, get to know it by clicking here.
Nepalese’s and Hemper’s needs in unison
The Hemper project even manages to respond to another of Nepal’s local problems: the large number of bags of rice left on the streets of Kathmandu, which pollute the environment. How? Using them to cover one of the company needs: packaging.
Hemper collects these bags, adapts them and sews them to be used as packages for their products. Giving them, not only a new life as packaging but also a new one as colorful and beautiful bags that represent, through their designs, the culture of Nepal, which people can later use to carry things.
Without a doubt, Hemper is a true ecofriendly firm and its sustainable backpacks are representative pieces of the idea of an environmentally and socially responsible production system. It takes care of the planet, takes care of the Nepalese culture and takes care of your desire to be sustainable.