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Gouthwaite Backpack - Mini

Regular price £75.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £75.00 GBP
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This backpack is for everyone. It's simplicity at its finest. This bag is perfect for days at school, uni, or work, and will feel equally at home on short walks in the hills.
Handcrafted in the UK by our master bag maker Amy. 

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    We currently have 6 in stock

    The Details

    Capacity: 8 Litres
    Weight: 300g
    Dimensions: 22cm wide x 12cm deep x 30cm high

    → GOTS organic dry-waxed canvas
    → Hemp x organic cotton lining
    → Internal pouch pocket for organisation
    → Metal components
    → Cotton webbing straps
    → Internal label signed by the maker
    → Covered by our Lifetime Warranty

    Nell: 170cm + 63kg



    Our hardwearing, weatherproof, GOTS certified organic dry-waxed cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. It also uses zero toxic chemicals in its production.

    This bag is almost plastic-free (we use a recycled polyester thread).


    3 trees planted + 10kg CO2e offset


    Our bags are made to last a lifetime, but we get that not everyone wants to keep something that long.

    To avoid your bag ending up in the back of the closet, or worse, the bin, we will take your bag back in exchange for BearMade credit (10% of the bags original value).

    We will then recycle the parts from that bag and make it into something new.

    Our purpose

    We exist to connect people with nature. With every bag purchased, we commit to connecting one person with the outdoors. We are starting this mission with our local town, through out Wildish Club. Find out more here.

    Care & Guarantee

    Lifetime Guarantee

    Accidents happen and materials can fail. To give you peace of mind, all our products are guaranteed to last. We offer a free repairs service covering defects in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the product. Find out more here.

    Care Information

    → Machine washable

    Find out more information on how to care for your BearMade bag here.

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    Made in Britain

    BearMade is an exploration into a different way of doing business.

    Local. Impactful. Transparent.

    Notes from the designer.

    Our bag maker Amy plays a big role in our design process. Normally we give her a pretty clear idea of what we want, usually in the form of a rough prototype made in the office. However, this bag was different. This bag was designed by Amy. All we said was, "we want something about x big and we want it to be simple". She made a sample, we made some tweaks, a month and a few versions later, the Mini was born.

    Material highlights.

    Our bags are made from GOTS certified organic dry-waxed cotton canvas from British Millerain in Lancashire. They have been dyeing and proofing cotton for over 100 years and this material is one of their latest creations. It has a totally dry finish (dry-waxed doesn't always mean totally), is waterproof, PFC free, and is machine washable! However, we don't recommend you wash it often.

    Hemp x organic cotton lining.
    Hemp requires little water or pesticides and no fertilisers to grow. It is the most carbon negative crop, it actually absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces.

    Made by Amy.

    We insist on working with great people who share our values, and our lead bag maker Amy is one of a kind.

    With 20+ years of experience, she makes all our bags, with the help of a small team, from her studio in the Suffolk countryside.

    Learn more about our makers and materials

    Our Impact

    We feel personally responsible for the things we put out into the world and believe business should be a force for good.

    To keep our impact low we:

    → Only make and sell locally
    → Will repair your bag for life
    → Will recycle your bag at the end of its life
    → Carbon offset all that we make and do. We plant trees locally (we actually plant them) and in places where they will have a big impact with the help of Ecologi.

    Learn more about our impact here

    The Wildish Club

    Like Cubs, but for everyone.

    With every bag we sell we commit to helping one person get outdoors. We do this through The Wildish club.

    Learn more

    Fair & honest Pricing

    After all costs this bag leaves us with a margin of £36. That margin goes into:

    → Carbon offsetting

    → Running The Wildish Club

    → Marketing

    → Good coffee

    → General running costs

    3 trees planted + 10kg CO2e offset

    Don't just take our word for it.

    We've been featured in some of the worlds best publications and have awesome customers who leave us reviews like the ones below.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 13 reviews
    Mark S.
    Versatile backpack with great looks and quality

    My wife loves the Gouthwaite. The design, materials and colour are all perfect. The best customer service from Bearmade.

    Alexandra M.
    Gorgeous little bag

    I feel such pleasure when walking along with my little bear on my back! It's a great size and comfortable to wear.

    Carrie A.
    Brilliant backpack!

    I just love thIs bag, I got it as I needed a backpack for a holiday abroad and it fitted the bill perfectly. The rollover top gives great security and the size was just right. It lends itself to most occasions as it’s so nicely made yet sturdy. I love that it’s from a small UK company that’s doing the right thing and the handwritten thank you note was a lovely touch!

    Johanna M.
    Beautifully made strong little bag

    I'm so happy with my Gouthwaite mini backpack. It's tough enough for muddy dog walks but also looks neat and cute enough to use as a handbag. I love that it came with a little personal note and that I know it was made by 'Amy'. Thanks Amy!! My only dream additional extra would be a small open topped easily accessible side pocket as I'm often trying to open and close the main popper with one hand whilst being pulled through a bush by my dog...😂
    I would definitely recommend though, really beautiful tough little bag..

    K. A.
    Terrific Little Backpack!

    I wanted to swap my “everyday” satchel bag for something more practical and durable, while not compromising on style, and this backpack perfectly fit the bill. There’s plenty of space to carry my daily essentials (wallet, keys, book, water bottle, etc.) and then some. The straps feel sturdy and tough, are easy to adjust, and the fabric of the bag itself is just as described. Overall, it’s a brilliant little backpack, and to support a local business with such a positive ethos is equally brilliant. My only note is that I would have liked to have had external water bottle pockets in case my bottle leaked, but I have small waterproof bags that I can store valuables inside, so it’s an easily resolved issue.