18 Eco-Friendly Travel Gift Ideas

Shop our sustainable travel gift picks sure to please every responsible traveler on your list. (We even found eco-friendly gift wrap.) Shop on, planet-loving friends.

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April 06, 2023

These days, we're all looking for impactful ways to reduce our carbon footprint and do our part to help save the planet. To help friends and family travel more responsibly, we've compiled the best eco-friendly travel gifts to help reduce their environmental impact. From stylish weekender bags made from single-use plastics to zero-waste beauty products, here are the gifts sure to wow every eco-conscious traveler on your list.

Every intrepid traveler and busy parent needs a sturdy backpack, like this one from Earth-conscious outdoor lifestyle brand, GOT BAG. This water-repellent daypack is made from 80 percent recycled materials, with the majority being recycled plastic from coastal waters like the ocean. Lightweight and adaptable, the durable backpack features a padded back and holds everything they need, including a laptop.

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$8.99 (Pack of 12)

Amp up their toiletry bag with a fully disposable toothbrush. Designed for sensitive teeth, the ultra-soft bamboo toothbrushes have charcoal-infused bristles that naturally whiten teeth. SMARTLIFECO is devoted to reducing carbon footprint and reforestation, planting a tree for every order.

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$45

Warm up cold feet with these eco-friendly slippers from Gumbies. The Outback slippers are crafted from 100% recycled felt, which is a vegan-friendly alternative to wool. Perfect for bringing along on travels, the recycled rubber outsoles are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. The best part, though? According to Gumbies, through their partnership with Empower AS, "your purchase of the Outback slipper recovers the equivalent of 80 plastic bottles from ocean shorelines and riverbanks."

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$24.99 $19.98

Considering most of the gift ideas on this list are made from post-consumer plastic bottles, we definitely don't want to add more wasteful plastic to our world while we travel. Gift a reusable water bottle for travelers to fill up after passing through airport security or to keep full on road trips.

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$50 (Set of 3)

Packing cubes have been all the rage, helping travelers better organize their luggage. However, this three-piece packing cube set from Cotopaxi does so much more, enabling travelers to be good to the Earth, too. All three heavy-duty pieces are made from repurposed nylon and mesh. Plus, one percent of revenue from your purchase goes to support the Cotopaxi Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to poverty alleviation in the poorest regions of the world.

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$105

Made from renewable materials, these everyday sneakers are just what your traveler needs for walking around a new city. Lightweight and breathable, the contoured shoes feature responsibly sourced eucalyptus tree fiber, a Brazilian sugarcane midsole (from the world’s first carbon-negative green EVA), and laces made of old plastic bottles. In addition to style and sustainability, the sneakers are easy to keep clean — just throw them in the washing machine.

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$13.95 (Set of 2)

We all want to save money when we travel (so we can travel more, of course). Cutting back on restaurant meals and walk-up visits to snack shacks is an easy way to do so, making reusable snack and sandwich bags a must for budget-conscious and eco-friendly travelers. These super-cute reusable bags from Bumkins come in a variety of patterns, like arrows, hearts, rainbows and unicorns, and can easily be cleaned in the washing machine or dishwasher.

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$17.99 $15.5

More than 40 percent of plastic waste comes from product packagings, like shampoo bottles and twist-up deodorant containers. Eco-friendly beauty brand Ethique is on a mission to change this with beauty products like their eco-conscious body sampler. Inside, you'll find five travel-size hygiene products, including deodorant, body butter and body wash. Each luscious body product is made from biodegradable products and all packaging is compostable.

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$355

Impress your favorite eco-conscious fashionista with this stylish suitcase. The large trunk has a built-in shelving system that acts as a closet away from home. Solgaard intentionally designs its products with ocean-bound plastics. They remove up to six pounds of plastics from coastal communities with each piece of luggage.

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$24

Wearers of this widely-recognized signature bracelet from 4Ocean can show their support for ocean conservation wherever they go. Made from recycled materials collected by 4Ocean employees and volunteers, this bracelet serves as a reminder that our oceans need saving from plastic waste. With every bracelet purchase, 4Ocean is able to remove one pound of trash from our precious oceans.

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$98 $78.4

We all want to be comfortable when we travel, so for the ladies, this cozy cardigan from Tentree is a must-have item. Made from organic cotton and recycled polyester, the French terry cardigan is both comfy and sustainable. Even better, for every item sold, Tentree has pledged to plant 10 trees. Now here's something really cool: Each apparel item comes with a unique tracking code. Wearers can track where the trees will be planted and see their impact on local communities.

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$59.95

Why yes, there are non-plastic case options for protecting smartphones. Pela cases are designed to be compostable, and shopping some of the collections will contribute five percent toward a cause, such as protecting whale and penguin populations.

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Skip the plastics with this on-the-go kit for packing lunches and snacks. The kit includes a bamboo utensil set and a stainless-steel divided container. Travelers can easily pack these items into their luggage or carry-on bag to take with them on their next adventure.

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$170

Made from three upcycled plastic bottles, this Earth-friendly travel bag budle is just right for carrying toiletries, like razors, deodorant, cotton balls and toothbrushes. Both Cabana See-Alls feature Oeko-Tex Standard 100- and Global Recycle Standard-certified Ecocraft Canvas with leather details eco-certified by the Leather Working Group. Even better? A water-resistant, eco-friendly silicone coating protects the bags from stains.

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$16.95

Cut back on single-use travel toiletries with this reusable kit and the added benefit of bringing along favorite products. With four bottles, four jars, two spray bottles and labels, your on-the-go pal will have everything they need as they board a plane to their next adventure.

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$39.99

Adventurers need a comfortable, adjustable belt that moves with them whether hiking, climbing, biking or simply wandering about a new town. This elastic belt from Jelt fits the bill, but it does so much more than hold up your pants. All Jelt belts are made from recycled plastic water bottles, helping users minimize their impact on the earth. One percent of all sales go to non-profit 1% for the Planet, an environmental cause dedicated to saving Mother Earth.

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$11.90

For those on your gift-giving list who are eager to explore how they can make more of an impact on conservation efforts, consider Zero Waste Year. This planner and journal include eco-living ideas, like reusable grocery bags and stainless steel straws. A habit tracker helps users track what they are doing — and where they could do better — to help save the earth when they're on the go and at home.

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$12.99

Eco-friendly travel gifts are fantastic but don't forget about Mother Earth when you go to wrap your gifts. Opting for beautiful fabric gift wrap means you can reuse it over and over again. Additionally, the fabric wrap can double as an extra gift to be used as a tea towel.

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