It’s hard to beat the great feeling that comes with finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. If you're looking for a sustainable gift for that one friend who has a passport full of stamps (or for yourself!), we've got you covered. Here are ten great eco-friendly items perfect for any traveler who likes to leave a smaller footprint when they roam.
#1 Vegan Leather Travel Tote
A vegan leather tote is an absolute must for any eco-friendly traveler. Tote bags are the ideal personal item to carry on the plane. They are roomy enough for storing all the basics like a passport, iPad, snacks, and a wallet. Choose one made of vegan leather and other eco-friendly materials like cork. The Honest Company has a really great tote that is functional and very chic too. It is perfect for all those #airportoutfit posts on Instagram.
#2 Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Gift a gift to your friend and the planet with reef-safe sunscreen. This particular type of sunscreen is a must for anyone who loves to snorkel or swim. Sunscreens that are made with titanium or zinc oxide are much better for the ocean, coral reefs—and our own health.
#3 Collapsible Water Bottle
A reusable water bottle makes a great eco-friendly gift. Not only is it environmentally-friendly, but it saves money on water at the airport. The best reusable water bottles are the collapsible kind because they take up hardly any room in a carry-on. One of the best collapsible bottles out there is called the que Bottle. It comes in lots of different and fun colors from Sunbeam Orange to Lilac Purple. It collapses to nearly half its size with one easy push.
#4 Sustainable Compression Leggings
There’s no better travel attire than a soft pair of leggings. Compression leggings do double duty on those long flights to Hawaii or The Maldives. They are good for circulation. Girlfriend Collective is a great sustainable brand that sells comfortable compression leggings sourced from materials made from post-consumer waste. Their leggings are also stylish and super comfortable. Plus, when you are done with them, you can return them to be recycled.
#5 Eco-Friendly Sweatshirt
Layers are always important when traveling. Clothing brand Marine Layer makes super-cute, re-spun vintage sweatshirts and hoodies made of recycled tees. The environmentally-conscious company uses a completely waterless, closed-loop production process to make its stylish ethically-made clothing.
#6 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes
Vegan make-up brushes are both eco-friendly and cruelty-free, which is perfect for anyone who loves to save both soft, fluffy animals — and the environment. Vegan brushes deliver just as great results as their non-vegan counterparts. They are also hypoallergenic. It’s a win-win for animals and the environment. Looking for the perfect kit for your carry on? This Rose Gold Travel Brush Kit by E.L.F. Cosmetics has everything that you need to contour your cheekbones, apply your foundation, and perfect your eye makeup.
#7 Solar Phone Charger
A solar phone charger is so handy when traveling. This eco-friendly gadget can be used to power up all kinds of devices. The best part is that an electrical socket is not necessary. Look for one that is ultra-portable, waterproof and has several USB ports for multiple devices.
#8 Bamboo Detangling Brush
A detangling brush is an absolute must for curly hair. A comb won’t even come close to cutting it. This kind of brush is perfect for anyone who likes to take long swims in the ocean. It distributes natural oils through the hair, making it nice and shiny. If you are looking for an eco-friendly detangling brush, choose bamboo. This sustainable material is stronger and lighter than wood and it helps preserve hardwood forests too. We like this detangling brush By Earth Therapeutics because it is also cruelty-free.
#9 Sustainably-Made Sunglasses
Sunglasses made from eco-friendly materials and packaging are the perfect gift for any travel enthusiast. GROWN® makes lots of vacation-worthy glasses from bamboo and other organic, renewable materials. Harvesting these materials is a lot friendlier to the environment than sourcing wood. For every pair of sunglasses sold, GROWN® will donate an eye surgery or eye exams to those in need.
#10 Reusable Razor
Reusable razors are a great gift for any savvy, environmentally-conscious traveler. After all, who couldn't use a razor for tackling on-the-go hair removal? Reusable razors are much better for the environment than the single-use plastic ones that most people take with them on vacation, and the Zero Waste Shave Kit is the perfect travel companion. It includes a stainless steel razor and comes in an eco-friendly drawstring bag. The best part is that all of the items in the kit can be recycled when you are done with them.
There are also cool eco-conscious resorts around the world, too. Ours are committed to saving the Earth's resources through global conservation initiatives—from reducing water usage to diverting waste from landfills and rebuilding coral reefs. Each one of Outrigger's global resorts takes part (even their cocktails give back!). So whether you're gifting a traveler friend or yourself, the holidays can be beautifully conscious.