Last Updated on 08/05/2021

Looking for ethical gift ideas for the traveller in your life? Discover my handy green gift guide which is packed with eco-friendly and ethical gift ideas for the adventurers who want to make a difference no matter how small.

Do you have a travel lover in your life? Or perhaps you're filled with wanderlust too? If so, check out this guide to the best ethical and sustainable travel gifts that suit any budget. Whether yu're looking for stocking fillers or something more substantial, these gifts are unique, stylish and eco-friendly so that you can be sure that your travel lover's impact is a positive one wherever they go. #travelgifts

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Travel is one of life’s greatest experiences but it can also come at a cost to the planet we love to explore. Whether it’s for further afield or closer to home, these 15 beautiful and sustainable travel accessories will help travel lovers create a positive impact on the planet wherever they go (find out how to have even more of a positive impact here).  

Budget: Under £10

1. Ecozone Soap Nuts 300g 

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It’s a detergent that grows on trees – and no I’m not going nuts. Ecozone Soap Nuts are a completely natural and eco-friendly way to clean your clothes on the go and the best part? You can get them past security at the airport because they’re essentially a bag of nuts. The magic is in the shells which contain Mother Nature’s detergent, saponin, a natural surfactant which creates soap suds that cleans and softens your clothes while maintaining their original colours. 

Price: £5.99 

Where to Buy: Lakeland 

2. Friendly Soap Travel Tin 

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Solid toiletries are all well and good but once they get wet they can be a right pain to keep clean and they can leave residue all over the contents of your bag. The solution? It’s as simple as this Friendly Soap Travel Tin. Made from recyclable aluminium, this handy little tin is lightweight and fits your solid toiletries like a glove. It’s a perfect stocking filler for the eco-conscious traveller. 

Price: £4.50 

Where to Buy: Ethical Superstore

Need some ideas about what to put in your tin? Here’s my guide to the best solid toiletries for travel. 

Budget: £10-£20

3. Old School House Reusable Stainless Steel Drinking Straws  


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It’s time to get rid of plastic straws for good. These stainless steel drinking straws from Old School House are an essential gift for any traveller trying to cut down on the amount of single-use plastic they use. These straws come in a pack of 4 with a travel bag and cleaning brush so you can take them wherever you go without having to worry about hygiene. 

Price: £14.99 

Where to Buy: Amazon 

Not in stock? These stainless steel straws by ANWBROAD are just £2.98 on Amazon, and they come with a case and brush!

4. Paper High Handmade Elephant Dung Notebook

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Photo credit: Eco Maximus

Why: Yep, you read it right. Elephant dung. These notebooks are handmade from real elephant dung but you would never have guessed it. Both beautiful and sustainable, these quirky notebooks, manufactured by Eco Maximus, help make a difference to the communities that produce them and raise awareness of the plight of the Sri Lankan elephant. It’s one of my top ethical gift ideas for both elephant lovers and travel writers combined. It’s perfect for journaling!

Price: £10.95 

Where to Buy: Not On the High Street 

5. Mount Purious ‘Leaving On a Jet Plane’ Travel Gift Set 

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Why: The ‘Leaving On a Jet Plane’ Travel Gift Set is a tin of rescue remedies designed to help you get through those long days spent confined to a plane or bus. This beauty pick-me-up contains Rosehip Oil Facial Skin Care which moisturises the face and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after a session of being exposed to dry ‘plane air’. Rosewater Facial Toner cleanses and refreshes the skin, Argan Oil Skin & Haircare rejuvenates hair and Hemp Oil Body Moisturiser nourishes and hydrates the skin. Free of parabens, SLS or palm oil, this tin of pick-me-ups is cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. 

Price: £18.99 

Where to Buy: Ethical Superstore 

6. Sky Ocean Rescue Pass On Plastic Collection 

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Why: Sky Ocean Rescue has teamed up with Project 0 and celebrity icons including Kate Moss, Harry Kane, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Rita Ora, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, Fearne Cotton and Ronnie Wood to design reusable alternatives to the five most common single-use plastic items currently contributing to the quarter of a tonne of plastic entering our oceans every second. Each celebrity has their own signed range which includes a reusable water bottle (£25), a coffee cup (£17.50), a tote bag (£15), an on-the-go cutlery set (£15) and a three-piece beeswax wrap set (£20) and all proceeds are donated to worldwide ocean conservation projects. Every single one of these products would make a great sustainable essential for any travel lover’s packing list. 

Price: £15 – £25 

Where to Buy: Sky

7. Belo Carry Kindness Canvas Shopper Bag 

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Why: For a simple gift that makes the world of difference, look no further than Belo Bags. With every purchase from the Belo Collection, the brand donates food to the homeless in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The Carry Kindness tote shopping bag is an affordable ethical gift made from 100% organic cotton. Spacious and easily rolled up, this tote bag is a perfect way for travellers to ditch the plastic bag on the go while making a difference to a community in need. 

Price: £11.99 

Where to Buy: Urban Makers

8. Ethique Gift Trial Pack for Normal Skin & Hair 


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Why: Solid toiletries are a game-changer in a traveller’s packing list. They’re solid so you don’t have to worry about airport security and they last a long time while still being in a compact and portable size. New Zealand-based Ethique is the world’s first zero-waste beauty and lifestyle brand with all its products made out of solid bars instead of liquid formulas.

Made from high-quality and Fairtrade ingredients, every product is vegan and cruelty-free. The Gift Trial Pack for Normal Skin & Hair makes a great all-in-one ethical gift for travel lovers. It contains fan favourites including Pinkalicious and Wonderbar for hair, Bliss Bar for face and Sweet Orange & Vanilla for the body. 

Price: £11 

Where to Buy: Amazon

9. Critically Endangered Socks 

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Why: Socks. We all need them but they’re famously not very exciting unless, of course, they’re Critically Endangered Socks. A perfect gift for travellers who are passionate about wildlife conservation, these limited-edition socks are designed in partnership with wildlife conservation trusts to help save critically endangered animals across the globe.

There are only 1,000 pairs of socks made from each range and they’re made from a beautifully soft and sustainable blend of bamboo and cotton. Animals to support include the Sumatran Elephant, the Amur Leopard, the Maui Dolphin and the Hawksbill Turtle. 

Price: £12 

Where to Buy: Critically Endangered Socks 

10. RNLI Pretty Useful Tools Set of 3 Travel Pouches 

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Why: Travel pouches for your suitcase are always useful and travel pouches that support a charity are even better. The Set of 3 Travel Pouches by Pretty Useful Tools give 100% of its profits to RNLI (The Royal National Lifeboat Institution), the largest charity that saves lives at sea across the coasts of the UK and Northern Ireland.
The travel pouches are made from water-resistant and durable rip-stop fabric. Versatile and with beautiful designs, these travel pouches is one of the best ethical gift ideas for travel lovers wanting to make a difference. 

Price: £16 

Where to Buy: RNLI Shop 

Not in stock? You can get a set on Amazon for £19.99 or support RNLI with these set of Yes! Studio Travel Pouches for £14.00. 

Budget: £21-£50

11. Historic Newspapers Personalised World Traveller Map 

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Nothing excites a travel lover more than the chance to record the destinations they’ve visited. The Personalised World Traveller Map by I Just Love It gives you the chance to do just that. The highly detailed world map comes with a choice of two oak frames so you can easily hang it on any wall.
Each map has a hundred pins in five different colours so you can construct a personalised key of what each colour represents. You have the opportunity to print a personalised message and the laminated surface allows you to write dates and details from your travels. No waste, just memories. 

Price: From £38.99 

Where to Buy: Historic Newspapers

12. elzle Solar Power Bank and Flashlight 

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Why: elzle’s Solar Power Bank and Flashlight is one of those super gadgets that eco-conscious travellers and hardcore adventurers will love. This powerful multi-purpose tool doubles as an 18 LED flashlight and power bank for smartphones and tablets without guzzling power of its own.

Completely solar power-operated, it’s dustproof, waterproof and shatter-resistant and above all, a great way to reduce your carbon footprint on the road. You won’t ever have to worry about power shortages or power cuts in remote areas again. 

Price: £34.99

Where to Buy: Amazon

Budget: £51 and above

13. Elvis & Kresse Reclaimed Firehose Travel Case 

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Why: Zero-waste travel lovers will adore this Elvis & Kresse Reclaimed Firehouse Travel Case because it is indeed handmade from genuine decommissioned fire-hose and lined with high visibility waste parachute silk. It’s a wonderfully simple and ethical gift that breathes new life into materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

It’s versatile, with the ability to carry cosmetics, pencils or any other travel paraphernalia and 50% of profits from this luxury accessory is donated towards The Fire-Fighters Charity. 

Price: £51.50

Where to Buy: Ethical Superstore 

14. Steri Pen Adventurer Opti UV Handheld Water Purifier


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Why: The Steri Pen is the eco-friendly answer to unsafe drinking water. Perfect for going off-grid or to destinations where the water is known to be a bit dodgy, it can perform up to 60 purification treatments per set of batteries. It can kill over 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.9% of protozoa (i.e. Giardia and Cryptosporidium). Lightweight with a flashlight built in, it proves that it’s officially time to wave the single-use plastic bottle goodbye. 

Price: £66.01

Where to Buy: Amazon

15. House of Marley Liberate Air Wireless Earbuds 



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The music-loving traveller will appreciate these super portable wireless earbuds by House of Marley and what’s more, they tick the box for ethical gifts. Made from bamboo, natural wood fibre composite and Marley’s signature REWIND™ fabric, the earbuds are sustainable, sweat-proof and water-resistant. A 9-hour on-board playtime and a combined total of 32 hours in the case give these earbuds an impressive battery life, making them the perfect companion on the go.

Price: £129.99 

Where to Buy: House of Marley

So, that concludes my round-up of must-have ethical gift ideas that any traveller would love. They make perfect gifts for Christmas, birthdays or celebrating the start of a new trip. These travel accessories help you fulfil your travelling dreams and give back to the planet while they’re at it. 

I would love to hear about what you thought of these products in this ethical gift guide for travel lovers, or if indeed I’ve missed something that you can’t travel without. And, if you’ve enjoyed this article and happen to know someone who is struggling for ethical gift ideas – feel free to share the love on social media!

And if you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out my guide for the top 10 responsible travel books to inspire your wanderlust.

For more eco-friendly packing inspiration, check out my complete packing guide here. 


Do you have a travel lover in your life? Or perhaps you're filled with wanderlust too? If so, check out this guide to the best ethical and sustainable travel gifts that suit any budget. Whether yu're looking for stocking fillers or something more substantial, these gifts are unique, stylish and eco-friendly so that you can be sure that your travel lover's impact is a positive one wherever they go. #travelgifts Pin me for later!