If your new year’s resolution’s to update your eco-blog more often, a Timbuk2 laptop bag might be the best holiday gift you can get for yourself. Timbuk2, a San Francisco-based bag company, has a whole line of Pro-Planet messenger and laptop bags — as well as backpacks and other carry-alls — you can pick from.
These eco-bags are constructed with fabric made from hemp fibers, recycled PET (used plastic bottles) and organic cotton. Although most of the manufacturing happens in China now, Timbuk2 also has a manufacturing center in San Francisco churning out bags.
I first heard of these bags through WorldChanging founder Jamais Cascio, who says he got his cradle-to-cradle certified Timbuk2 laptop bag at TED 2006. So I decided to check them out myself — and found that Timbuk2’s site even has a “build your own bag” application! Above’s the hemp / PET bag I e-constructed to suit my desires. The price tag on that’s $220, though some messenger bags are priced at as little as $135.
Timbuk2 also offers a Hidden Backpack — a recycled PET drawstring pack that neatly folds up into a little pouch for when you’re not using it. Plus, Mac Air owners will be happy to know that Timbuk2 even offers a recycled PET sleeve for laptop.
Once you’re done with your bag — whether because you’ve decided to upgrade or because you’ve worn it through — you can send it back to Timbuk2, who’ll upcycle and donate it to one of its nonprofit partners. Just package up and mail the bag to Timbuk2, Attn: “Give it Back” 333 Alabama St., San Francisco, CA 94110.
Images: Courtesy Timbuk2