Know someone who’s going to travel and want to send them off with an eco friendly travel gift? Our list of eco friendly gift ideas includes everything from luggage to stationery and are all practical items for the traveler to use while they’re exploring the world.
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Eco Friendly Gift Ideas
- Eco Friendly Luggage
- Eco Friendly Toiletries
- Eco Friendly Eating and Drinking
- Eco Friendly Clothing
- Eco Friendly Shoes
- Eco Friendly Accessories
- Eco Friendly Technology
- Eco Friendly Stationery
- Eco Friendly Experiences
- Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping
Eco Friendly Luggage
1. Brandless Carry On Luggage
Brandless runs on the philosophy of carrying only clean, organic, sustainable and non-toxic products from personal care and beauty, health and wellness and a selection of travel products. Their Carry On Luggage is made with a lightweight polycarbonate shell and the interior lining is made with recycled PET plastic.
Get the Brandless Carry On Luggage here
2. BAGGU Reusable Tote Bag
Baggu makes all sorts of bags for everyday use, and making their designs with sustainable materials while staying committed to making each product as ethically and environmentally responsible as possible. Their line of Reusable Bags comes in fun designs of all sorts of colors, patterns and several animal prints. It’s a perfect easily packable eco-friendly travel gift.
Get the BAGGU reusable tote bag here.
3. United by Blue Backpack
United by Blue’s products ranging from clothes and homeware to bags, including this 24 L Arid backpack, and are all made from sustainably-sourced materials that are made to last. This backpack is made with 100% recycled polyester, features a TSA-friendly laptop compartment for 13″ laptops and is made responsibly in Vietnam.
4. Paravel Packing Cubes
Paravel makes luggage, duffles and travel organizers, including this eco-friendly packing cube set. Their packing cubes are part of their Negative Nylon Collection, where each product in the collection is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic water bottles. These packing cubes are equivalent to 14 bottles.
Eco Friendly Toiletries
5. Ethique Solid Beauty Bars
Ethique makes solid beauty bars with a mission to #giveupthebottle. Each of their bars are sustainable, cruelty free, plastic free, vegan and palm oil free. Their five piece variety pack contains two body wash bars, a body polish, solid deodorant and body lotion in a 100% compostable box so you can gift it easily.
6. Reusable Makeup Remover Pads
Bambaw is helping makeup users avoid using disposable cotton pads, with cotton that is grown using pesticides and usually packaged in plastic. They’ve created an alternative made with these washable bamboo fibers and cotton pads. Their set of 12 soft and four scrub makeup remover pads come in a bag so it can be packed.
7. Davids Natural Toothpaste
Davids makes natural toothpaste using USA Origin ingredients. Their ingredients are sourced from nature and are free of artificial flavors, preservators, colors and sweeteners and use sustainable packaging, which are recyclable metal tubes instead of plastic. (Their tubes are 5.25 oz, which is above the TSA liquid rule so just make sure you check this in.)
8. Bamboo Toothbrush Set
Bamboo toothbrushes are an eco-friendly choice for dental care. They are made with Moso bamboo, which grows quickly and are not the type of bamboo pandas eat so it doesn’t harm any animals. These are great for travel since it comes in a recycle box.
Eco Friendly Eating and Drinking
9. Final Straw
Final Straws are compact and replace the need to use plastic. It’s lightweight at 1.8 oz and fits on a keychain so you can take it with you everywhere. Choose from various colored cases and straws.
Get a Final Straw here.
10. Bamboo Travel Utensils Set
This is all you need in one kit. The reusable bamboo cutlery set includes a knife, fork, spoon, soup spoon, one pair of chopsticks, a straw, straw cleaning brush and even a bamboo toothbrush and toothpicks, all in a convenient lightweight pouch. Just roll up the pouch, stick it in your bag and you’re ready to go anywhere.
Get the Bamboo Travel Utensils Set here.
11. Bumkins Reusable Sandwich Bag
Bumkins is known for making baby products, but their really cute designs on their reusable sandwich bags are perfectly usable for anyone who wants to take snacks with them on the go. Each of their snack bags are lab tested food safe and includes a smooth zipper, are waterproof and machine washable.
Get the Bumkins reusable sandwich bag here.
12. Welly Bamboo Water Bottle
Make sure your traveler stays hydrated with these Welly bottles made of 100% natural sustainably harvested bamboo. Their Traveler bamboo water bottle can keep cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot liquids for up to 12 hours and even includes a removable infuser for tea or flavoring water with fruit.
13. SteriPEN Water Purifier
The SteriPEN is a UV portable water purifier that’s rechargeable using a USB cable. The product claims to destroy 99.99% of protozoa, bacteria and even viruses found in water.
Eco Friendly Clothing
14. Patagonia Down Sweater Hoody
Patagonia’s Down Sweater Hoody is lightweight and windproof with a durable shell fabric made of 100% recycled polyester ripstop and 800-fill-power Advanced Global Traceable Down, which is goose down certified by NSF International.
15. Pact Cotton Basics
Pact makes clothing, bedding and bath towels with organic cotton grown without fertilizers and saving gallons of water. They use fair trade factories and zero harmful chemicals. Their clothing line features several basics like camisoles, tees, hoodies, cardigan and these tank tops.
16. Everlane ReCashmere Sweater
Everlane’s ReCashmere line includes soft crew neck sweaters, turtlenecks, and cardigans made with 60% recycled cashmere and 40% non-mulesed, extra-fine merino wool.
Get an Everlane ReCashmere Sweater here.
17. Alternative Apparel Eco-Fleece Jogger Pants
Alternative Apparel makes their clothes with sustainable materials and processes and all packaged in eco friendly packaging. Joggers are the perfect comfy travel pants and this pair of joggers from Alternative Apparel is made with their Eco-Fleece.
Eco Friendly Shoes
18. Tropicfeel Monsoon Shoes
Tropicfeel makes functional travel shoes that are high quality, versatile and sustainable. The Monsoon shoes are made of 3 recycled plastic bottles, and recycled polyester and lightweight at 7 oz.
Get the Tropicfeel Monsoon Shoes here.
19. Nae Vegan Shoes Oxford
Nae stands for No Animal Exploitation and is a Portuguese vegan footwear brand. All products are ethically made using certified factories in Portugal and using natural materials like cork and pineapple. Their Oxfords for men are made with a breathable and anti-allergy microfiber lining and a paperboard agglomerate insole.
Get the Nae Vegan Shoes Oxford here.
Eco Friendly Accessories
20. 4Ocean Signature Bracelet
4Ocean is working to clean the ocean and coastlines. They’ve also created products like single use alternatives to save plastic and these bracelets. Wearing one will remind you to use less single-use plastic. The beads are made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass bottles and the cord is made from 1005 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
21. Clean Origin Jewelry
Clean Origin makes jewelry with lab grown diamonds. These are real diamonds. Diamond mining causes mineral waste and may result in worker injury, so this is an eco-friendly and ethically sourced alternative. Their lab diamond earrings are available in various carat weights.
Eco Friendly Technology
22. RAVPower Solar Charger
RAVPower, known for their portable chargers, has a solar charger that charges up0 to two devices at the same time.
Get the RAVPower solar charger here.
23. Solar Power Bank
This solar charger is small but powerful. Its solar panel charger is a 25000 mAh Li-polymer battery that can charge an iPhone XS 7.4 times. There are three USB ports so you can charge three devices at the same time. Not sure what mAh means? Check out What does mAh mean for external batteries and smartphones?
Get the portable solar power bank here.
Eco Friendly Stationery
24. Elephant Poop Notebook
Track down your adventures with an eco friendly notebook. Mr. Ellie Pooh notebooks are made with 30% fiber from elephant dung and 70% recycled paper, with no trees or toxic chemicals used in the paper making process. Because their paper is made with recycled content, it takes less energy to produce too.
25. Eco Pen Eco Friendly Pens
Make an eco friendly travel gift complete with a notebook and an eco friendly pen like this fine point gel pen made from 100% recycled plastic and cardboard.
26. Plastic Free Year Monthly Weekly Planner
This book is for anyone looking to be more sustainable. It includes tips on how to live without plastic and also includes a monthly and weekly planner.
Eco Friendly Experiences
27. A Tour Package
Instead of giving things, give an experience. One travel company that works to provide tours where travelers travel responsibility is G Adventures. They have everything from a wellness tour of Thailand to a Local Living trip of Italy. They work with partners to eliminate as much single-plastic use as possible, keep things local and support local businesses, make sure all animals that are part of the tour are treated humanely, child welfare, and every traveler must adhere to a set of guidelines to respect people, places and culture that they encounter.
Check out more G Adventures tours here.
28. Book Subscription Service
Another gift that doesn’t include more things they’ll have to pack is a book subscription like Amazon Kindle Unlimited for unlimited access to millions of titles. Plus, it’s eco friendly with no paper involved.
Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping
29. Wrappily Eco Friendly Wrapping Paper
If you do get any of the eco friendly travel gifts, make sure to wrap it with eco friendly wrapping paper. Wrappily wrapping paper is recycled newsprint printed on local newspaper presses using less energy and soy-based inks.