Muscle & Fitness Magazine recently told us about “6 Ripped Vegans” we should follow. But it turns out that a good workout isn’t the only thing that’s tough. Finding high-performance workout basics that are sustainable, ethical and vegan can feel like a marathon of frustration (almost as frustrating as explaining that not only can you build muscle on a vegan diet, but athletic vegan men actually have higher levels of testosterone than meat-eaters). That’s why I’ve selected some of my favorite items that will make you feel as good about working out as you do after you’ve crushed it.
The backpack is not just for kids. It’s practical, comfortable, and frees up your hands to do other things like check emails, give high-fives, or run quickly to the subway while eating a bagel and drinking an iced coffee. Finding a backpack that is made fairly using sustainable and vegan materials is a challenge in an industry that worships animal skins and cheap labor, so that’s why I picked out my top 5 favorite backpacks that are made as handsomely as they look.