My last comment on this subject.  I was just browsing at thinkgeek.com, and say that they have a Bag of Holding, both in backpack and messenger version... oh, what could be....

In any case, for next year please find a vendor who spends as much time on testing and quality and durability as on spin, PR, and green-ness.  If the seams/zippers break, it doesn't matter where the material came from; it sucks, and creates no value.