4 Sustainable Luggage Brands for Eco-Friendly Travel

Mikael Colville-Andersen
7 min readFeb 24, 2023

My luggage is an important part of my life and I spend far too much time thinking about it. And then I started thinking “I wonder what the most sustainable luggage brands are?” And here we are.

When you travel as much as I do, it’s hard to get around plastic when looking for durability in my choice of luggage. Over the past decade I have had a number of luggage sets. I like my suitcases to be sleek and stylish but also just non-descript and functional.

This review is about hard-shell luggage, which is what I use when I travel for longer than a few days or to destinations that don’t require me to schlep around too much. Among the brands I’ve tried are American Tourister — which lost a rugby match against United Airlines — and Modo by Roncato, which I use most often and it serves me well — but there is nothing sustainable about the brand. The smallest one gets the most mileage so that’s why I chose to feature carry-on suitcases in this article. The medium-sized one is used for trips of about a week and the biggest one I use when travelling to shoot television and I need loads of extra clothes for the shoot.

Durability is essential in luggage. (No thanks to United Airlines for testing the limits)

But with all the talk of sustainability and the still emerging consumer market for eco-friendly products, I was curious to see what’s on offer out there in suitcase land. Like in other parts of the sustainable product market, it requires some serious detective work as a consumer to equip yourself to make good choices. Words and phrases like sustainable, eco-friendly and recycled are thrown around like confetti and it’s hard to make heads or tails of the authenticity or greenwashing.

I found that a good indicator is whether a company even has a sustainability page on their website. Many don’t. Others do, but they tell you all about what NGOs they support instead of the sustainability of their own products. Which is why this list of eco-friendly luggage is shorter than you’ll find on other websites. Generally, there is a lot more sustainable action on the fabric…

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Mikael Colville-Andersen

Urban designer, author and host of the global documentary series about urbanism, The Life-Sized City. Impatient Idealist.