The holiday season is the busiest time of year for retailers and airlines alike. Whether you’re traveling to visit family, traveling with friends, or traveling home-Americans are estimated to spend over 700 BILLION DOLLARS this holiday on gifts, travel, and goodies for the holiday season. My Eco Friendly Gifts list is great for travelers and other sustainability supporters. Let’s help to minimize carbon footprints globally with these 15+ Unique Eco Friendly Gifts!
700 Billion USD?!? That’s an INSANE amount of money. I find it slightly embaressing that we can’t stop climate change when we have that type of cash at our disposal. AMERICA! That hurts my soul! Has our country become so materialistic and wasteful that we care more about filling our lives with meaningless “things”, then we do the generations that come after us?
As a traveler myself, I have seen first hand the affects climate change is having on our planet and those who suffer as a result. Rivers are drying up, communities with them. Cities are sinking, others are flooding. I ask myself, what can I do? How can I make a difference?
Take an active role by being a responsible consumer- buy “Eco-Friendly”. We have SO MUCH POWER as consumers… we decide what goods get produced based on our demand for that good. Don’t buy or “demand” products that are killing our planet! “Eco Friendly” means they are either made with sustainable or recycled materials, prevent waste, and do not harm the environment. By supporting companies and products that are working towards an eco-friendly future- you’re making a difference.
Unique Eco Friendly Gifts
To save you the research (you’re welcome), I’ve put together this list of 13 Unique Eco-Friendly Gifts for travelers, which I hope helps to improve the climate change crisis in some small way. Happy Holiday’s Friends!
Reusable Toiletries Bottles
My favorite part about the travel bottles is that they eliminate the need for single use travel toiletries. Give the gift of green, and help travelers contribute to sustainable travel practices.
PS: recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet high saves one tree, how cool is that?
Eco Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush Kit
These sets can come with bamboo toothbrushes, dental floss, and even a bamboo toothbrush holder for safe and hygienic storage. This eco-friendly toothbrush is made from sustainably sourced bamboo wood, so you can opt out of using plastic toothbrushes! The set comes in recyclable packaging, and your purchase will help save the environment in several ways.
Soap Bar & Tin
Naked bar soap will keep thousands of plastic body wash bottles out of our oceans. They’re TSA friendly, and travel much better then leaking soap bottles. I use naked bars for all my shower needs, and there is nothing worse than trying to pack a soggy bar of soap. Grab a tin/soap container to pair with your bar soaps.
Hemp Body Scrubber
Reusable Water Bottle
Never spend money on plastic water bottles again. For the sake of all of us, in addition to the planet. In Michigan, Nestlé Waters has been pumping vast amounts of groundwater out of Michigan’s springs to feed growing consumer demand for freshwater in convenient plastic bottles.
Thats right, your Ice Mountain gets pumped for practically NOTHING out of Michigan’s rivers and lakes. It doesn’t come from a mountain… we have no mountains in Michigan. In 2018 Nestlé requested to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to increase pump amounts to 576,000 gallons of water EACH DAY. Draining fresh water fields from the White Pine Springs well in the Great Lakes Basin. Despite deep public opposition, with 80,945 against and 75 in favor – the request was approved by the agency.
Reusable Coffee Mugs
Adventure Savings Box
Gift the gift of experience, with an adventure fund box. The box is a symbol of any and all adventures pulling at your heart. Drop your spare change and fill it while you plan your best adventure yet!
Travel Utensil Kit
Another unique eco friendly gift is a travel utensil kit. Did you know over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States? Why are we generating extreme waste for minimal convenience? Buy a travel utensil kit made from natural materials. They’re free from BPA, phthalates and other cancer-causing toxins plus they don’t kill turtles when you’re done. Buy these for every person you know.
Nomadik Adventure Subscription
Nomadik is a monthly adventure package full of best-in-class gear delivered right to your doorstep. The Nomadik subscription boxes come in multiple packages, making it a great gift opportunity over the holidays, special road trips, family outings, or weekend getaways! Subscriptions are tailored to explorers, campers, hikers and adventurers who appreciate time exploring.
I have a scratch off map to keep track of all try adventures in a fun, creative way! Feeling crafty? You can frame the map in a recycled wood frame, and add a hook to make some wall art.
Water Purification Tools
Unfortunately, plastic water bottles are especially popular in developing nations due to lack of clean drinking water. Travelers can bring portable water purification tools to ensure they are not contributing to the plastic takeover.
Reusable Tote Bag
There are 7.7 billion people on Earth. If we join together as a global community and each make small lifestyle changes towards being more eco-friendly and kindness focused – we can make a real and lasting difference. Reduce your plastic use AND carry your everyday essentials with this cute tote.
Airplane Mode Gear
There’s something about airplanes that just lulls me right to sleep. As soon as I step onto the plane my body is in airplane mode. Sleep masks, ear plugs, and comfortable clothing help me stay cozy & rested. Great for time change from overseas or long summer nights in Iceland where it doesn’t get dark at night. Check out my 8 Day itinerary to Iceland HERE!
As a traveler I’ve seen first hand how climate change and pollution have affected different parts of our planet. Ethical travel wear and products are great ways to help make a difference. Wholesome Culture travel clothing is an eco friendly company committed to treating animals and the planet with kindness and compassion. Helping to keep our seas clean and plastic free, each piece of clothing at a time.
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Plastic pollution is destroying our oceans and harming the animals who call them home. The food, beauty, and fashion industries contribute to the cruelty, suffering, and needless deaths of billions of animals… each year.
Animal agriculture is rapidly destroying habitats across the globe and is the leading cause of greenhouse gases. Logan and I made the transition to a vegetarian diet a year ago when we learned of the devastating affects eating meat has on our planet. North America’s factory farming is the main contributor.
Combined we’ve lost upwards of 90 lbs (40.8 kg) since the diet switch. If we didn’t eat eggs and cheese, our diet would be considered vegan. More people than ever suffer from health problems, and the numbers are rising. Fresh water is becoming polluted, poisoned, or disappearing.
Tough pill to swallow huh?
As a consumer, we have the choice of who and where we get our products & services from. Wholesome Culture is committed to treating animals and the planet with kindness and compassion, making it a priority that anyone who works for them is safe and ethically-treated. That includes where they manufacture and produce their clothing.
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I adore the Wholesome Culture travel clothing because not only are they adorable but they’re promoting eco friendly concepts to everyone that sees them. Plus the clothing is made in Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified factories.
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is a non-profit dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education.
Along my travels I started to pay attention to how big my carbon footprint was away from home. Shopping and the bags that came with it were unacceptable. Bringing a reusable shopping bag doesn’t take up space when traveling. You can use it at the airports for your snacks in-between flights. Or there is always the local markets, with food, treats, and other handmade products. It never hurts to bring one, you’ll never know when you need it.