Our eyes have been opened to conscious living and responsible travel. It is easier to find plastic-free alternatives for everyday products or travel must-haves. If you are looking for a zero-waste present for a responsible female traveller, I created a handy list of eco-friendly travel gifts for her.
For many years, I have been on a bid to cut back on unnecessary plastic and have been hot on recycling. However, more can be done to take this up a level to live a less wasteful lifestyle. I’m slowly changing who I buy from to replace old products with more sustainable alternatives.
Thinking about what we buy for ourselves and our loved ones goes a small way to helping the global struggle to protect our environment. Changing our habits can also help your wallet too – it’s a win-win!
SUSTAINABLE, VEGAN AND ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL GIFTS FOR HER
Vegan Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
A fab way to reduce plastic is by investing in solid shampoo and conditioner bars. They take up less space in the case and last longer. what’s not to love?
Try these vegan-friendly, SLS free, and zero waste shampoo bars to get your hair feeling silking smooth! Oh, and if you are travelling with a 4-legged friend, try their pooch products too!
Natural Eco-friendly Deodorant Bars
We all know aerosols are not the way forward for global warming so why not make the shift over to a natural deodorant that is free of aluminum and baking soda?
This organic and chemical-free deodorant comes in a sustainable aluminum tin making it easy to pop in your travel bag taking up minimal space.
Natural Toothpaste + Bamboo Brush
Organic zero-waste Tooth Nibs are packaged in a rust-free re-usable tin. The natural ingredients help promote great oral health in a variety of yummy flavours to choose from. If you want a refill, they will be despatched in compostable refill bags!
Looking for a gift? The toothpaste starter set comes with 80 nibs, 1 Biodegradable charcoal bamboo toothbrush, and 1 eco-travel wrap perfect for wrapping your toothbrush while traveling. Did you know that the charcoal-activated brushes will help remove any stains from your teeth?
Reef Safe Vegan Sunscreen
Heading off to a sunny climate? Don’t forget to pack some organic sunscreen. Be good to your skin and stay away from bad chemicals. Not only that, the natural ingredients mean you can snorkel without damaging the coral reefs.
Your vegan 30 SPF sunscreen will arrive in a reusable tin with eco-friendly packaging, and you have the option to add a tinted colour to give you that sun-kissed look!
Lip + Cheek Tint | Plant Makeup
This Lip + Cheek Tint is made from ground vegetable, flower, and clay materials only- meaning it is completely free from toxins, additives, and fillers.
If you’re anything like me, I don’t wear a lot of make-up on my travels. This 2-in-1 option for a natural matt finish for my lips and cheeks is a winner for me!
This plastic-free Raven Mascara comes in a 100% biodegradable option. I’ve yet to try this product but it is next on my zero-waste list! The mascara comes in sustainable packaging and they also do a brow tamer for the total look!
Reusable Menstrual Cup
As women, we all dread the monthly arrival, especially on holiday. This reusable medical-grade silicone menstrual cup could be the answer!
Unbelievably, each sanitary pad contains the equivalent of 4 plastic bags. The menstrual cup eliminates unnecessary waste, chances of infection, saves money and creates more space in your backpack.
The cups come in a natural cotton canvas bag with a waterproof lining for safe storage. Another bonus is 25% of all profits are donated to mental health charities!
ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL CUPS & CUTLERY
Bamboo Cutlery Set
One way to cut down on single-use plastic in your life is by investing in an eco-friendly bamboo cutlery set.
The set includes an FSC-certified biodegradable bamboo fork, knife, and spoon, plus a bamboo straw and straw cleaner (with coconut husk bristles), and a handy natural cotton storage pouch in different colours – the red is my favourite!
Reusable Bamboo Drinking Straws
These reusable bamboo eco-friendly straws are individually handcrafted and harvested by local artisans at a small, family-run farm in rural Vietnam. They are a sustainable zero-waste alternative to plastic, made without the need for any harmful pesticides or chemicals.
As a member of the 1% for the Planet global organisation & movement, 1% of their sales is pledged to the preservation & restoration of the natural environment. They also donate to domestic & international grassroots & environmental groups that help make a difference in their local communities. What a responsible company culture – I love it!
Plant A Tree Camper Mug
This enamel camping mug is designed for travelling and is a necessary addition to your dining set to grab a drink in the great outdoors.
Each Tree Mug plants a tree to support reforestation in areas devastated by wildfire in Australia. They are printed using water-based inks and shipped in eco-friendly, plastic-free packaging. They really are the best reusable alternative to disposable and plastic mugs.
Octopus Sealife Ocean Water Bottles
Keep hydrated on the go and stop buying plastic water bottles with a stainless steel reusable eco-friendly vacuum flask. Not only is this eco-friendly rust-free flask is BPA and phthalate-free, but it will also keep drinks ice cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours! If the octopus design doesn’t float your boat, they have lots of other beautiful options to make you smile.
Personalised Eco Bamboo Travel Flask
For a more personalised gift to a travel-obsessed friend or loved one, take a look at this cool Eco Bamboo Travel Flask. It will keep your drinks hot or cold for hours and a wonderfully stylish alternative to throwaway water bottles.
P.S. If anyone I know is reading this… yes, I’d love one!
ECO-FRIENDLY BAGS & BACKPACKS
Fairtrade Hemp Backpack
This handmade heavy-duty hemp textile backpack has lots of useful pockets, padded laptop sleeve making it super handy for your travels (or everyday use). Classy colours too!
Hemp is highly sustainable, requires little water, and returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes from the soil. The hemp for this bag is chemical and pesticide-free and uses natural dye. It goes without saying that the packaging is also plastic-free and recyclable!
This bag is also fair trade as the makers have collaborated with a local charity and artisans in local Nepalese villages from different social and economical backgrounds creating a women-empowered community.
Upcycled Waterproof Vegan Backpack
For travelling, a hardy bag can be a necessity. This handmade waterproof rolltop vegan backpack is made from upcycled canvas from waterproof military tents. To add rigidity and strength, the design also uses reclaimed rubber from tyre inner tubes. with lots of zipped pockets, adjustable waist strap and laptop compartment, this bag couldn’t be any more useful!
Vegan Cork Travel Bag | Zero Waste
So you’ve bought the zero-waste bathroom products, what do you put them in? A lightweight and durable travel washbag, of course!
This washbag is made from a smooth cork fabric – 100% natural, recyclable, renewable, and insulating plant material from cork oak bark. This is a great vegan material for the leather alternative. Looks pretty cool too!
ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
Sustainable Wooden Sunglasses
I’m in love with these stylish unisex recycled and handmade wooden sunglasses! The best thing is the company plants 1 tree for every pair of sunglasses purchased in collaboration with the One Tree Planted organisation.
Sustainable Mountain Earrings
If you’re wishing you could be permanently in nature, why not adorn your ears with these cute hand-painted eco-friendly snowy mountain earrings? They are only 1cm in size so will be the perfect hardy accessory to see you through your trip!
Handmade Bamboo Wristwatch
If you’re looking for an all-natural lightweight watch that will blend with all outfits for any trip or everyday wear, this could be the answer!
This handmade 100% vegan watch with a Japanese quartz heart by Citizen is made entirely from ecological bamboo providing exceptional durability and hypoallergenic qualities.
For each handcrafted watch purchased, a tree planted and support for other ecological projects in SHAREWOOD.
ECO-FRIENDLY TRAVEL COMFORTS
Save Our Planet Eye Mask
Do you struggle to sleep on planes or in strange new environments? Try this Save Our Planet Eye Mask made with vegan anti-pill fleece, blackout felt, and thread. It’s time to invest in a solution to help you drift off!
Organic Travel Pillow
This natural and luxurious travel neck pillow, filled with wool and lavender which comes with an organic bamboo cotton mix cover, is perfect to accompany and pamper you at home, on the beach, plane, train, or on a camping trip.
The black pillow is 100% bamboo fabric and the pink and orange is an organic cotton bamboo mix. Choose from wool filling, or Kapok, a vegan alternative, with a zipped cover. Simple and sustainable!
ECO-FRIENDLY ORGANISERS & JOURNALS
Eco-friendly Wire Organiser
Sick of spending your travels untangling wires before you can kick-back and enjoy the ride? You need these handmade raw cotton cord and earphone organisers! This product by Vietnamese artisans who reuse the vintage indigo-batik decorations on a Hmong’s old jacket – authentic and functional!
Personalised Cork Travel Journal
Do you document your adventures to keep your memories safe? Sketch and scribble your thoughts in this stylish journal is crafted from natural cork, which is sustainably harvested from the bark of cork trees in Portugal.
Engraved with a large map illustration and personalised with your name, this is an amazing vegan-friendly gift for your friend’s big trip!
Vegan Leather Passport Cover
For the avid globetrotters and nomads whose passports are their lifeline, we need to be protecting them against damage. This vegan eco-friendly passport cover is ‘karma-neutral’ meaning that it does not involve any cruelty to animals, or damage to our environment.
This passport cover comes in some really cool colours and lots of other matching accessories such as notebook covers. They are unique eco-friendly travel gifts for her!
Cork Vegan Travel Wallet
I find keeping your credit cards separate from your money is a sensible idea – if you lose one, you still have a backup! Keep your finances safe on your travels with a natural vegan leather minimalist cork card wallet.
This striking wallet is handmade in the UK using the finest Portuguese cork fabric which is a great sustainable alternative to leather.
Personalised Biodegradable Phone Cover
Shockingly, there are 1.5 billion phone cases thrown away every year – now that’s a lot of plastic in landfills and floating around our beautiful ocean! Opt for a guilt-free alternative with this 100% biodegradable phone cover made from wheat in gorgeous colours!
Having a personalised phone case is a double bonus. Losing your phone on a long trip is a nightmare (I’ve done it and it was hard navigating a taxi without the GPS). No chance of picking up the wrong phone with your name on it, right?
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