How to Fix a Broken Backpack Strap

Backpacks go through a lot of punishment and often get damaged, so knowing to fix a broken backpack strap can save you time and money.

It will also keep another backpack out of landfill, thus have a positive impact on the environment.

Intersport Elverys is committed to a Sustainable future and this blog is the second part of a series where we will show you how to reuse and repair your products.

Why not check out how to fix a broken zipper HERE.

If not, keep reading to learn how to reattach a broken strap with a simple-to-learn backstitching sewing technique.

How to fix a broken backpack strap: Tools needed

  • Hand sewing needle
  • A scissors
  • Approx 3-4 foot of upholstery nylon thread
  • 2×5” of nylon cother
  • A broken backpack!

A step by step guide

Step 1

  • Thread the needle with the 0.7 yards of upholstery nylon thread.

Step 2

  • Align the two ends of the thread, and tie a knot
  • Trim the extra thread off

Step 3

  • Trim the frayed edges and thread off of the backpack and shoulder strap

Step 4

  • Align the 2×5 nylon cloth with the torn off backpack strap

Make sure that the nylon cloth is able to fold over the strap and align up with the other end

Step 5

Make sure that the stitch goes all the way through the Nylon as you sew

Step 6

  • The end of the stitch push the needle about halfway through
  • Take the thread, and wrap it around the sharp side of the needle
  • Pull the needle all the way through

If the stitch did not go through both sides of the nylon, repeat steps 5 and 6 over on the other side. Remember to replace the thread by repeating steps 1 and 2.

If you want extra support, repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other side. Remember to replace the thread by repeating steps 1 and 2.

Step 7

  • Cut the thread and remove the thread from the needle
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 and wit the 1 meter long thread

Step 8

  • Align the handle with the shoulder of the backpack
  • Secure the handle I place by applying pressure and then begin sewing with the backstitching sewing technique

When sewing, make sure to follow your thread and needle carefully. A misguided needle will lead to unwanted tangles

  • End the stitch by repeating step 6.

Step 9

  • Trim off any frayed edges or loose string


Learning the backstitching technique might take some time, so be patient. But once you do, you will be able to apply it to a lot of different repair jobs.

In the end, it will have a massive impact on your life and the environment – a double win!

Check out our full range of sustainable products below or HERE.

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Sustainable Gifts Guide in Ireland for Christmas 2022

Living a bit more sustainably in Ireland is so important for us all right now, so buying sustainable gifts this Christmas 2022 can go a long way.

As part of our Sustainability Strategy 2030, we make sure you know exactly what products are sustainable, and what aren’t.

So sustainable gifts shopping will be easy for you this Christmas 2022 in Ireland.

Below you can check out our top sustainable gifts products for the special him, her and kids in your life.

You can check out our full list of Sustainable products HERE.

Or check out our favourites below.

Sustainable Footwear for Him in Ireland 2022

It is estimated that over 33 million pairs of running shoes end up in landfill sites every single year!

So if you buy a sustainably made running shoes then you are helping to reduce that number pair by pair.

The adidas PostMove Mens Shoes are made with ending plastic waste in mind, with 20% of pieces used to make the upper of the shoe being made with minimum 50% recycled content.

Plus, the throwback basketball style are super cool.

The vegan friendly Hoka Arahi 6 are sleek, lightweight and durable, as well having recycled content in its mesh material.

Remarkably light and exceptionally comfortable, the Arahi 6 is a lively support shoe for a wide range of runners.

The Nike React Pegasus Trail 4 is built for speed, durability and endurance on the toughest of trails.

Underfoot traction keeps you going over rocky terrain, while still providing a smooth ride for the road. Midfoot support is controlled by the laces, letting you find the right fit and feel. Your trusted workhorse with wings is ready for an off-road journey.

Time to fly.

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Sustainable Footwear for Her in Ireland 2022

Small changes now make big differences in the future.

Sustainable practices such as using and buying materials that will not damage or pollute the environment will help preserve it for the future.

The adidas 4D FWD 2 running shoe is a precisely-coded running shoe made in part with recycled materials – and we think it looks amazing.

Running is all about forward momentum, and these shoes are designed to make it feel effortless. Made with a series of recycled materials, this upper features at least 50% recycled content. This product represents just one of our solutions to help end plastic waste.

Incredibly, at least 50% of the ASICS Gel-Kayano 29 Lite-Show main upper material is made with recycled materials to help reduce waste and carbon emissions.

The sockliner is produced with the solution dyeing process that reduces water usage by approximately 33% and carbon emissions by approximately 45% compared to the conventional dyeing technology.

We also offer a 90-day money back guarantee on these shoes!

The adidas Terrex Trailmaker GORE-TEX Womens Hiking Shoes  blend the responsive feel of a running shoe with the support of a trail shoe. Dry feet keep you moving despite wet trails and damp conditions.

So if you want to help protect the environment while also enjoying the beauty of its trails, then these are for you!

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Sustainable Clothing for Him Christmas 2022

It’s always good to do your research when buying, especially sustainable clothing.

You might be surprised at what is made from recycled materials nowadays, especially some really popular stuff like football jerseys.

You might not know, but the Manchester United Home Jersey 2022/23 is made from 100% recycled materials.

With its super cool collar design, you can now look cool, support your favourite team and help the environment – so many wins.

Equally, Nike Dri-Fit Mens Tapered Fleece Pants will keep you comfortable and warm if you’re training.

Made with 100% recycled polyester fibers, the sweat-wicking fabric and mesh details help keep you dry and cool when practicing or traveling to and from games.

The Canterbury Ireland Rugby IRFU Tech Full-Zip Hoodie is warm and lightweight, an ideal layer for when you take the action off the field.

Made from recycled fibres, it features a four-piece hood and drawcords, plus a zip guard to prevent irritation.

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Sustainable Clothing for Her Christmas 2022

Sustainable clothing brands are now increasingly embracing the use of cruelty free alternatives such as polyester made from ocean trash.

It’s another step in helping solve the biggest single threat to ocean pollution in the end – plastic.

This amazing The North Face Odles Women’s Fleece is made from 100% recycled materials!

The North Face is designed for the outdoors and is hugely popular in Ireland right now.

Or what about these Nike One Women’s Mid-Rise Leggings, made with at least 50% recycled polyester fibers.

The comfortable design wicks sweat to help keep you dry. Plus, you can’t see through the fabric, so you can feel confident knowing you’re covered.

Our amazing Nike Dri-Fit Swoosh Women’s Graphic Sports Bra are smooth, lightweight fabric, made of at least 75% recycled polyester fibers, wicks sweat to keep you dry, comfortable and focused.

Nike Dri-FIT technology moves sweat away from your skin for quicker evaporation, helping you stay dry and comfortable.

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Sustainable Gifts for Kids Christmas 2022

Kids these days are hugely interested and passionate about sustainability.

They are the future of tomorrow and kitting them out in sustainable based clothing and footwear will empower them for future good.

For the big Liverpool supporters, their Third Kit for 2022/23 is made with 100% recycled polyester fibres.

The Nike Dri-FIT Academy Pants are made of stretchy, sweat-wicking fabric so you can move freely on the field.

Tapered legs with zippered hems let you change without having to remove your cleats. This product is made with 100% recycled polyester fibres.

The Nike Dri-FIT Academy Tracksuit includes a zip-up jacket and adjustable pants for versatile styling.

Soft, sweat-wicking fabric helps keep you dry and warm while you gear up for the game. This product is made with 100% recycled polyester fibres.

The adidas Racer TR21 Girls Shoes add the comfort and athletic style of a running shoe to your child’s daily routine.

Made in part with recycled content generated from production waste, e.g. cutting scraps, and post-consumer household waste to avoid the larger environmental impact of producing virgin content.


We’ve got a whole bigger range of sustainable products just for you if you didn’t find something there you liked.

Click on the link below to check out our full range of Impact Sustainability Products.

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Intersport Elverys Hosts Big Beach Clean on Bertra Beach | Clean Coasts

Intersport Elverys recently hosted a Big Beach Clean on Berta Beach in Louisburgh as part of the Clean Coasts national annual campaign.

A team from the Castlebar Support Centre were among 24 groups in Mayo who took part in the clean and helped remove an estimated 2.2 tonnes of litter from the coasts of Mayo.

Intersport Elverys hosted the event as part of their Sustainability Strategy 2030, which you can check out more information here:

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The Big Beach Clean is an annual call to action that runs as part of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) and Clean Coasts, operated Internationally by Ocean Conservancy and invites communities and volunteers around the country to remove litter from around the Irish coast after the end of the bathing season.

A record number of 500 clean ups were organised this year and a total of over 63 tonnes of litter nationwide was collected.

Despite Bertra Beach appearing and being renowned as one of the cleaner beaches in Mayo, the team were surprised at how much litter they picked when they forensically walked it last Saturday morning.

“To look at Bertra Beach from the naked eye you think it is very clean, but when you strategically examine the beach for litter like we did, you end up finding lots of rubbish,” the Intersport Elverys team said.

“In total we collected 4 bags of trash of various sizes, at a total weight of just over 3kg.

“Some of the most common pieces of litter we discovered and picked was a huge amount of old fishing line that washed up on the rocky stretch, cigarette butts, food wrappers, plastic bottles and even condoms!

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“While we were on Berta Beach we covered approximately 2.5-3km in two hours of litter picking, ensuring to keep off the sand dunes which the local community are running an active campaign to try and prevent further erosion of them.”

Each year this initiative is also an opportunity for Big Beach Clean Mayo volunteers to get involved in a worldwide citizen science project, which entails collecting the amount and types of litter on Irish beaches and filling in Clean Coasts’ Marine Litter Data Cards to share with Ocean Conservancy.

It helps heighten awareness about the issue of marine litter serving as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem and helps shape future policies and campaigns.

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