The Pangolin Backpack from Pangolin has overlapping scales that protect the contents within.


  • Durable
  • Flexible


  • Backpacks
  • Luggage
  • Packaging

UN Sustainable Development Goals Addressed

  • Goal 9: Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

The Challenge

Backpacks are often used to carry expensive items such as laptops. Many cloth backpacks do not offer the protection needed to keep these items safe.

Innovation Details

The backpack storage space is created by layers that overlap. This creates a durable and flexible bag for transport that allows the user to access the contents with ease when needed.

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Pangolin backpack opening and closing. Photo: Pangolin.

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Biological Model

The pangolin has several dangerous predators such as leopards and hyenas. To protect itself, the pangolin has an armour of horny scales that overlap like shingles on a roof. At the slightest danger, the animal tucks its head into its stomach and the scales overlap to allow the pangolin to wrap itself into a ball. This design helps to provide protection while allowing for flexibility of movement.