Sustainable Gift Ideas for the Female Traveller
Looking for a few sustainable gift ideas for the female traveller in your life? This handy guide breaks down sustainable products geared towards females who love to travel by budget — simply click on the images to shop.
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Sustainable gift ideas for the female traveller
Budget: under $20
Solid shampoo bar – $9.50
A solid shampoo bar is the perfect gift idea for the conscious female traveller. This one is organic, vegan, cruelty free and has zero plastic packaging. Plus, it’s label can be recycled.
Bamboo Travel utensils – $10.09
A reusable utensil and straw set is a great gift idea for the traveller wanting to cut out plastics. I personally travel with utensils as I am often eating on-the-go so I can speak from experience that these come in handy.
Lonely Planet E-Book – $10.84
Inspire her wanderlust with this electronic copy of Lonely Planet’s 500 Best Destinations! You can also access Lonely Planet guides via Amazon’s Unlimited Reading and Listening Membership (give the gift of reading this Christmas with Amazon here).
Dr. Brommer Castille soap – $11.99 (two-pack)
I personally love this soap for my ultra sensitive skin, to the extent that I brought multiple bars with me to Tanzania. As a minimalist traveller, I like that I can also use it as shampoo, laundry soap and even dish soap in a pinch. Plus, the packaging can be composted!
Travel journal – $14.99
Resketch journals are only made from 100% reclaimed paper. Reclaimed paper is even better than recycled because it diverts paper from the waste stream entirely, without an energy-consuming process to pulp and re-make waste paper into recycled paper. The eco-friendly female traveller in your life will love this concept!
Reusable razor (safety razor) – $16.99
Think of how many plastic razors you have thrown away in your life time. A reusable safety razor is a great alternative to traditional plastic ones and will actually be more cost-effective for your travel friend in the long term.
Bamboo toothbrush (set of 4) – $16.97 (sale)
Help the female traveller in your life consume less plastic with these bamboo toothbrushes. The packaging is 100% zero waste and can be composted. Plus, this company WowE will donate 1% of their sales to bring trees to areas that have experienced deforestation.
BUFF UV Protection Head and Neck Ware – $17.41
If you haven’t heard of BUFF, you need to! With every purchase you are supporting BUFF’s “two million trees campaign” where they will quite literally be planting two million trees worldwide, particularly focusing on Madagascar, India, Malawi, Borneo and Kenya.
This is one of my most versatile travel items and is always on my packing list, for everything from keeping my hair back while hiking or keeping my neck warm while snowboarding, to an eye mask while backpacking. Right now I am using mine in Tanzania to keep my hair clean under shared motorcycle helmets or on dirty bus rides.
Stainless steel water bottle – $19.99
Quench water bottles are vacuum sealed and insulated, keeping your beverage cooler for longer with 304 grade stainless steel. Avoid buying plastic bottles or using a plastic airline cup by using this bottle while traveling!
COOLA Organic Sunscreen – $21.61
COOLA is an organic, all-natural suncare brand from California, who promote the use of sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. Their products are parabens, GMO and oxybenzone free and instead include antioxidant rich plant-based formulas. They offer traditional sport sunscreen for the active traveller, or face care including makeup setting spray and tinted moisturizer.
Diva Cup – $24.00
I have an entire blog post dedicated to using the Diva Cup while traveling. It might seem like an odd gift to give, but if the female traveller in your life is interested in sustainability and eco-travel, I guarantee she will love this concept. It is one of my most highly rated travel items and something I simply can’t live without.
JOCO glass coffee cup – $26.95
These reusable glass coffee cups are designed to reduce the consumption of single use coffee cups. They are small enough to take while traveling, perfect to use at airports or while sight-seeing or in your everyday life.
Lush Charity Pot lotion – $23.99
I absolutely love the cruelty free, all-natural products by Lush (their dry shampoo is amazing for travel). What make’s them even better though, is their give-back program. All of the charity pot proceeds provide financial grants to small, grassroots, non-profit organizations working in the environment, human rights or animal welfare sectors.
If you are trying to eliminate plastics from your life, you can return simply return the packaging to the store so they can reuse them — with 5 package returns you will receive a free product.
DoTERRA TerraShield Insect Repellant Spray – $25.99
For travellers headed to regions know for mosquitos, this all-natural blend of essential oils is a wonderful insect repellant! While it is quite expensive for one bottle, it is very effective, non-greasy and smells great. I used it religiously every night to protect myself from mosquitos in Tanzania (a malaria region) and 2 bottles lasted me for 3 months.
For those concerned about plastic consumption, I’m not sure if doTERRA has a recycling program, but the bottle is less than 100mL, so you can simply reuse and refill it with other products before airplane travel.
Saje roll-on essential oils – $26.99
I personally LOVE Saje products and stocked up on a bunch of their 100% natural essential oils before relocating to Tanzania this year. Their ‘sleep-well’ remedy is a true lifesaver for long haul travel and comes in a convenient roll on size.
I also use their ‘peppermint halo’ religiously for headaches and my constant sore neck after travel or working on my laptop. While they don’t have a recycling program yet, you can simply just refill the roll-on bottles.
Travel towel – $39.95
Made with recycled, post-consumer plastics, these travel and yoga towels by Nomadix are super eco-friendly and cute! At just 1lb, they even make sense for the minimalist packer.
Budget: over $50
Anker solar power bank – $59.99
Use less resources from the communities you visit with this Anker solar power charging bank. I have been using their traditional model for a year now and love it, but the solar option is great for remote areas with limited electricity, such as with backcountry hiking or camping or in some communities with frequent power cuts.
TOMS Vegan sandals – $64.99
Did you know that TOMS now offers vegan shoes and sandals? Plus, after purchasing a pair of TOMS, they will provide one pair of new shoes to a child in need (they have donated over 86 million pairs of shoes to date).
Recycled Plastic Yoga Pants – $63.19
Teeki yoga apparel designs each of their garments using 79% recycled plastics, meaning with the purchase of one pair of yoga pants you are removing 25 plastic bottles of from the land fills.
Solar Powered Bamboo Speakers – $ 89.99
These solar powered, wireless, bluetooth bamboo speakers by Reveal are the most eco-friendly on the market. They boast a battery life of 15 hours and can also be charged by USB cable in the case that solar is not an option.
Kindle E-Reader – $129.99 ($99.00 on BLACK FRIDAY)
The new Kindle E-reader is now waterproof and comes with a 6-month FREE kindle plan from Amazon, which includes free reading and audio downloads. If you aren’t sure what to get the travel loving female in your life, give the gift of sustainable reading this year!
Multi-way Sustainable Travel Dress – $138.00
Encircled is a Canadian ethical clothing brand which uses sustainably sourced materials to create locally tailored designs for women. Their Chrysalis cardi is a multiway garment that can be worn in over 8 different styles. Use this link for $20 off your purchase.
I have a full review on the Chrysalis cardi which outlines why I love it for travel if you would like to read more.
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