8 Sustainable Fanny Packs To Carry Your Essentials

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When we’re out and about, we love carrying the basics—phone, keys, wallet—but we don’t love having them in a bag that inevitably slides off our shoulders. (Or carrying everything in our hands.)

That’s why we’re amped about the return of fanny packs, also known as waist packs, bum bags, or belt bags. Made to free our shoulders and hands, fanny pack belts slide right around our waists and hips and effortlessly carry all the essentials. Whether you’re going for a mid-day jog, heading out on an adventure, or running errands, you’re sure to love one of these sustainable fanny packs. We’ve rounded up the best range of belt bags, including vegan and eco-friendly fanny packs on the market to lighten your load.

For a quick refresh on your errand-running lewk, check out our regularly updated guides to sunglasses and sneakers.


1. Patagonia

Ethics | Certified B Corp, Fair Trade certified, recycled & organic materials, Bluesign-approved
Materials | Recycled nylon & polyester, organic cotton
Ships To | Worldwide
Price Range | $35–$169

Trekking in the great outdoors? You can’t find better than Patagonia’s fanny packs and hip bags. Starting at $35, these bags are designed to withstand the elements; some are waterproof and submersible, while others include weather-resistant lining. One thing’s for sure: They’re all made with eco-friendly or recycled materials in Fair Trade certified conditions. Stow your gear and keep your hands free to focus on foraging, hiking, and every outdoor activity in between.

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2. Cotopaxi

Ethics | Certified B Corp, climate-neutral, gives back, upcycled
Materials | Upcycled nylon fabric
Ships To | Worldwide
Price Range | $35

A one-of-a-kind fanny pack? We’re intrigued! Cotopaxi’s offering a limited batch of its Del Día bags, made from leftover fabric. With dozens of colorful options, find the one that’s best for you—or let the brand surprise you. These come with an adjustable strap, buckle belt, and plenty of room for the basics and more (including snacks!). Sustainable and stylish all at once.

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3. HYER GOODS

Ethics | Upcycled & deadstock materials, plastic-free packaging, ethically made in India, gives back
Materials | Upcycled leather
Ships To | Worldwide
Price Range | $160–$185

After spending over a decade in corporate fashion and witnessing the industry’s waste problem firsthand, Dana Cohen founded HYER GOODS, which crafts quality goods from waste. All materials are either upcycled or deadstock fabrics, including the materials used to make the fanny packs and four-in-one purses. With three separate pockets, an expandable strap, and a flexible fit, these upcycled belt bags are wonderful for everyday use.

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4. Pixie Mood

Ethics | PETA-Approved Vegan, 1% for the Planet member, climate-positive, recycled materials, ethical production practices, biodegradable packaging
Materials | Recycled plastic bottles; vegan leather
Ships To | Canada & USA
Price Range | $70–$78

Pixie Mood has been vegan since its start in 2010, with a PETA-Approved Vegan certification. Their commitment to ethical and sustainable practices has guided the evolution of their business to include a constant improvement on their materials: In 2020, they made the switch to a lining material made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, diverting nearly 1 million bottles from landfills and oceans to date. Their eco-friendly waist bags are as cute as they are sustainable and made of recycled vegan leather to boot!

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5. Dare To Roam

Ethics | Certified B Corp, ethically made in China, biodegradable packaging, gives back
Materials | 100% recycled nylon
Ships To | Domestically
Price Range | $60

If you’re looking for a classic belt bag with lots of pockets, Dare To Roam has you covered. With a roomy main compartment, smaller front pocket, and a hidden zippered pocket in the back, there’s plenty of space for the essentials and then some. With an antimicrobial and water-resistant finish, this is the perfect all-weather companion for hikes, errands, and travel. We love this certified B Corp’s responsibly made collection and the biodegradable and recyclable packaging it ships in. Even better? A percentage of proceeds supports the Why Not You Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at fighting poverty and empowering youth through mentorship.

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6. United By Blue

Ethics | Certified B Corp, climate-neutral, ethically made, recycled & sustainable materials, conservation program
Materials | 100% recycled nylon & polyester
Ships To | Worldwide
Price Range | $32–$38

Designed for use on the go, United By Blue makes fanny packs that are slim yet roomy enough for your essentials. Crafted from recycled materials and water-resistant, these packs are so light and comfy that you’ll forget they’re even there. Wear them around your waist or crossbody for an ultra-sleek look. We love the brand’s commitment to sustainability, ethical manufacturing, and a hardcore zero plastics policy. The gorgeous, affordable designs are a real bonus!

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7. STATE Bags

Ethics | Closed loop resale shop and buy back program, multiple give back programs and charity partnerships, recycled materials
Materials | 100% recycled polyester interior lining
Ships To | Worldwide
Price Range | $48–$175

If you are an aficionado of the fanny pack, STATE Bags has the range you’re looking for. With everything from slings to kids sizes, there’s sure to be the perfect fit for whoever you’re buying for. And while it isn’t the most eco-conscious on the list (yet! The brand has plans to be sustainable by 2025), you can feel good about their incredible track record and partnerships giving back to American communities in need. We love the brands fully-stocked backpack bag drop events for school children across the nation.

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8. HFS Collective

Ethics | Sustainable & recycled materials, ethically made in LA, gives back, PETA-approved vegan
Materials | Recycled plastic, upcycled denim, deadstock fabrics, organic cotton, hemp & Piñatex
Ships To | Worldwide
Price Range | $213–$420

HFS Collective has spent years perfecting the belt bag; that’s what the brand is best known for, after all! Designed so you can live life hands-free, these belt bags are crafted at a nearby family-run factory just a few miles from the HFS HQ in Los Angeles. Available in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors, each waist pack is made from either recycled, upcycled, or sustainable materials, so while they’re an investment, these are sure to last for the long haul (literally).

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Featured image is from United By Blue