The best gift you can give a traveller? Sustainability, of course!
Here are some great sustainable gift ideas where you can find the perfect ethical gifts for the traveller in your life.
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Things to consider before buying sustainable gifts
Before you start jotting down these sustainable gift ideas and running out to pick up some organic gifts or eco-friendly gifts for your friends, there are a few things to consider and to keep in mind when shopping. After all, ‘green gifts’ can mean a lot of things, from how the gift is farmed or made, the ethics behind the company that makes them, as well as their practices, and even down to how much the thing costs.
Also, sometimes organic gifts and Earth friendly products can be cheaper than the alternatives, and sometimes not. These are just a few things to consider before you start browsing your sustainable gift ideas.
20 sustainable gift ideas for travellers
The scourge of the single-use plastic straw is a hot topic right now, and rightly so. While some people with certain disabilities rely on them, for most of us a metal straw is one of the best gifts for environmentally conscious people that money can buy! Keep it in your bag when travelling and it’s super easy to clean. Buy on Amazon.
Another of the best gifts for environmentalists is a travel mug that avoids the wasteful use of paper cups from coffee shops. It’s a tough, solid, long-lasting mug that you’ll have for years to come and saves an incredible amount of paper, making it one of the very best eco-friendly gifts around. Buy on Amazon.
It’s vegan, it’s plastic free, it’s entirely without waste! This fantastic shampoo bar is one of the most satisfying green gift ideas around. Shampoo bottles are a painful waste. And another upside is that you can’t take large liquids on a plane, but you can take a solid bar of shampoo! Buy on Amazon.
As I’ve said, bamboo products make great gifts for environmentally conscious people, and for your friends who travel often, a bamboo brush and comb set is one of the finest sustainable gift ideas around, and is especially one of the best green gifts for her. Buy on Amazon.
Here is an organic toothpaste that is 100% vegan, making it entirely ethical and therefore one of the best gifts for environmentalists. Being vegan is a noble commitment, so help the vegan travellers in your life by buying them something they can comfortably use on the road. Buy on Amazon.
Solar power is part of the solution to the world’s energy crisis, so encourage your travelling friends to do their part with a solar-powered charger! The biggest bonus being you no longer have to rely on finding an outlet and carrying a plug adapter. Let the sun be your charger! Buy on Amazon.
Sunscreen is another necessary thing to have for travel, but the toxins in it can damage the ocean. You can avoid this completely by buying for your friends some reef-safe sunscreen that does no damage to the environment and still works to keep you protected from those damaging UV rays. Buy on Amazon.
Ah, the Kindle. Now, this is one of the more complicated eco-friendly gifts out there. This is because most of us simply prefer physical books. But printing books does mean relying on fresh paper, which makes the Kindle (which can fit a library inside it) one of the best Earth friendly products around and the ultimate gift for readers who feel guilty about all that paper being used. Buy on Amazon.