A Backpack That Is Recycled, Recyclable And Resourceful

A Backpack That Is Recycled, Recyclable And Resourceful

Each recycled Fjällräven backpack uses up to 11 plastic water bottles for the low-impact threading process that makes it possible

Bogar Alonso
  • 22 september 2016

One method to keep from adding to the mountains of landfills overtaking our green earth is to re-use your old plastic water bottle, right? Well, that’s if you want to be susceptible to untold health risks. And how many times can you realistically put it to use before it tragically becomes an added article in the landfill anyway? For its part, the popular Swedish clothing company, Fjällräven has turned to a more sustainable repurposing of used water bottles by recycling them into a recyclable version of its classic Kånken backpack: the Re-Kånken.

Approximately 11 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles are required for the manufacturing process of the classic-sized recycled model, while only nine are needed in creation of the Mini-sized sack.

Re-Kanken Graphic_Blue

The polyester sourced from the PET bottles is used to weave the pack’s main fabric, its webbing and lining using one thread of yarn. Not to mention that each backpack is dyed in a specialized process that helps reduce the amounts of water, energy and chemicals used in the typical Kånken production process. The result is a fade-resistant, monochromatic pack that is machine washable, is embroideredd with the iconic Arctic fox logo, and is most importantly, is 100 percent recyclable.

As an added member of the Kånken family, a Re-Kånken sports the familiar backpack structure: a main compartment with a zippered opening (which holds a surprising amount of stuff—let’s say a long weekend’s worth of clothes and shoes), a smaller front pocket also outfitted with a zippered opening, two deep pockets on its sides and grab-and-go handles that can be used for on-the-side holding or your standard over-the-shoulder or over-the-back transportation.

Re-Kånken backpack


Available in 12 low-impact colors, the Re-Kånken falls directly in line with the Fjällräven Way, the Swedish clothing company’s sustainability mission to help preserve the only planet we got: the one you’re busy walking through, bag in hand.


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