Backpacks -- is there a "green" one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ghanwani, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    I went to look for backpacks in the mall today and
    came across one made by Briggs & Riley that I like
    but it had a warning label on it about the materials
    saying that it shouldn't be chewed and that it contains
    chemicals known to cause cancer. The person at the store
    said that this is typical for all backpacks. Can anyone
    vouch for this? Did your backpack come with such a

    That got me thinking of whether there exists something
    like a "green" made with environmental
    and health consciousness. Perhaps one that uses
    natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable and/or recyclable

    Let me know if you have any ideas here.

    My local Apple store had only one backpack -- the one
    by Hurley -- and I didn't much care for that, but I look
    at all the labels and didn't find the warning label that
    the Briggs & Riley had.

  2. Doggonit macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    You plan on chewing your backpack often then, I take it?

    Do you realize that anything taken in sufficient quantities will have carcinogenic effects, right? You do realize that everything is radioactive as well, right? That doesn't mean that it will outright kill you, contrary the the pathetically ignorant public imagination.
  3. ghanwani thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    Sometimes when I get hungry. :D

    The point is, does it have to be made of toxic materials? Did they run out of safe materials to build backpacks?

    This is the first time I'm hearing this. Can you point me to some data that I can use to educate myself?
  4. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    I really doubt this is anything to be concerned about—you’re probably in California, right?

    I think your best option would be to not buy a “laptop backpack” but rather, look for a good 100% cotton canvas or leather backpack if you want something “green” and then buying a sleeve for your notebook to go in it.

    Avoid synthetics like Nylon, Neoprene etc.
  5. SlyMac macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2008
    I bought a Hemp laptop messenger bag (black) from TimBuk2 about 6 years ago and still use it today. Their warranty support and overall quality is great. I'm not sure if they still sell it though.
  6. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    You should take your low-information, denial-based opinions to a thread where your statements would be on-topic. You go right ahead and surround yourself with all of the carcinogens that you want - more power to you. In fact, I'll even send you some if you give me your address. We all can. You would be on cloud 9.


    Check out Targus' EcoSmart line…
  7. stuaz macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2012
    In the UK our back packs don't have such a warning on them - could be because they don't have the "dangerous" chemicals in them, but I am guessing its because the manufacturer are trying to cover there own backs due to the "sue culture" that exists....
  8. Doggonit, Aug 27, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 27, 2012

    Doggonit macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2012
    I think you'll find that regular ballistic nylon and such isn't treated with toxins. Even waterproofed (usually with PTFE) fabrics aren't poisonous through ingestion. That is despite the fact that at its origin, the process of making synthetic fibers and PTFE coatings involve chemicals that are indeed harmful to your health, however the end product isn't.

    As for all matter being radioactive, here's a short article:
    If you wish for a slightly more involved and divergent explanation of things:
    And a pretty neat radiation dose chart can be found here:


  9. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I don't think any backpack sold is really toxic in any meaningful way.

    If you care about environmentally friendly, just buy something lasting.
    A backpack that you can use for 10 years than stich and use another 10 years. No matter the material it is way more environmentally friendly than anything else.
    I would go for some leather or linen stuff. Easy to fix hard to kill.
  10. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    im sure there are plenty of hemp messenger bags that will work, you might just have to expand your search
  11. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    What happens if you chew on those ;)

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