Backpack ansvar I

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Color: olive green

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Your contribution to a sustainable supply chain in
India and Sri Lanka.
Find out more about MELA+ and our commitment

Ansvar I is the first backpack in the world that is both Fairtrade Cotton & GOTS certified. In Scandinavia the word ansvar stands for responsibility. The concept of our backpack combines sustainability and Scandinavian design. The casual look is further enhanced by the subtle leather applications. The main compartment is accessed via the rolltop, which is closed with two buckles. It offers space for a large notebook and everything else you need for everyday use. The volume of 14 liters can be increased by a further 5 liters when rolled up. The back is padded for comfort. Another side pocket and a small front compartment with zipper offer space for small items that need to be within easy reach.

Made from 100% organic and Fairtrade Cotton this Backpack is comfortable to carry and at the same time sturdy. The dense canvas fabric protects against light rain and is quick drying. Since we only use natural materials, this Backpack can get an individual note over time. The MELA bag is ideal for everyday use, day trips, school, university, shopping and the office.

Our Backpack is part of our essentials that we have in our assortment on a permanent basis. With our basic styles you can create an essential set of sustainable and timeless clothing.

If you like this style, then it is meant for you. We believe that everyone can wear our ansvar I, regardless of gender stereotypes.


  • Laptop compartment up to 15" (extra separate and padded)
  • Accessory pocket for small items such as keys, mobile phone and cosmetics
  • External side, magazine & secure zipped compartments
  • Width: 28 cm | Height: 40-56 cm | Depth: 12 cm | Volume: 14 + 5 liters
  • Material & Care
  • 100% organic cotton
  • Material Type: Canvas (naturally water-repellent)
  • Additional materials: Adjustable otton shoulder straps and high-quality nickel and chrome-free buckles, EVA rubber (back and shoulder padding), chrome-free leather applications
  • Free of toxic pollutants according to the GOTS standard
  • The Backpack ansvar I is not machine washable. In order to enjoy our Backpack in the long term, please only clean it by hand. We recommend a GOTS-certified impregnation spray to optimize the water-repellence of the organic cotton canvas.


    MELA Backpacks are threefold certified according to Fairtrade Cotton, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the Green Button. In our opinion, the social and ecological aspects of these standards complement each other perfectly, so that we can speak of holistically sustainable textiles with a clear conscience.

  • With the Fairtrade Cotton standard, we ensure that social criteria are adhered to in the cultivation of the raw material. Particular importance is attached to fair wages for cotton farmers. With every MELA item you buy, you support Indian cotton cooperatives with a Fairtrade premium. MELA is also part of the new Fairtrade Textile Standard, which advocates living wages along the entire supply chain.
  • The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) ensures that only eco-friendly substances are used along the entire supply chain - from cotton cultivation to the dyeing of the fabrics - and that social standards are met. This is monitored by independent certification bodies.
  • In addition, this fashion item is also certified according to the German government-run textile seal Green Button, which checks social and environmental criteria at both product and company level.
  • Do you have any other questions? You can find more information on the sustainability page of our website, in our podcast, and in our FAQs.


    Our ansvar I are made by our producer in India.

    With all our production facilities, the focus is on transparent, friendly and equal cooperation.

    We do not only pay attention to a fair and healthy working environment at the final stage of production, but along the entire supply chain: From the cotton to the finished product, we can trace all ingredients and guarantee compliance with social and ecological standards.

    All our production steps take place in the countries where the raw materials have their origin. This helps to maximize local value and to shorten transportation routes.

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