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ALDI travel special buys: Is this eco-backpack good value?


Laptop backpacks, bargain cables made from recycled plastic and more.

ALDI's latest round of weekly special buys includes a bunch of travel products. The twist this time? They've all been produced from recycled materials.

"With ALDI, you can go green without compromising on quality, price or modern style," the catalogue boasts.

The product that immediately jumps out at me is the $29.99 laptop backpack. It's made from recycled polyester, can handle a laptop up to 13.3 inches in size, and is available with either a zip top or a roll top (2 colours available for each).

As a frequent traveller, I'm pretty tempted by this backpack (zipper model, thanks). Models with a separate laptop section aren't that common, it's a good price, and I've had solid experiences with other ALDI luggage . I've made regular use of a half-size wheeled case small enough to fit under an airline seat that I picked up last year.

ALDI wheeled case

That said, I've pointed out before that some ALDI travel buys don't make sense. Hard cases, for example, are often a bad idea if you're looking to keep your bag under 7kg. That's much less of a problem with a backpack, happily.

The backpack goes on sale on Wednesday 22 June in New South Wales. Because of ongoing supply chain problems, it's likely to show up later in every other state, ALDI warns, so you'll need to check your local store.

The same applies to the $14.99 notebook sleeves in the same sale. These are available in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes. I've never been much of a sleeve user, but if you're after a green version, these could be worth a look.

The other product that caught my eye is a range of cables for $9.99, made from recycled plastic. These include Lightning to USB A, USB A to USB C, and USB C to USB C. While you can definitely pick up cheaper cables elsewhere, if you're looking for a less wasteful option this is a solid deal.

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