14 of the Best Eco-Friendly Gifts for Travellers That Give Back (2023)

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These eco-friendly gifts are perfect for the environmentally-minded traveler. They not only give to the recipient but give back to the planet.

There are lots of great eco-friendly gifts for your favorite travel buddy available these days. From recycled materials to reusable cutlery, organic shampoo bars and so much more, the perfect gifts for travel lovers are abundant. I mean who doesn’t like sustainable gifts?

Here is a great eco-friendly gift guide you can follow:

Best for the Eco-friendly Fashionista
Upcycled Fashion Bags

Myra Bag is a company that sells lightweight, durable, and fashionable upcycled bags for any modern woman. These handcrafted, vintage-styled bags are roomy and fit for work, school, and even for a weekend vacay.

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Best for the Eco-friendly
Zero Waste Shampoo Bars

Your hair is sure to be clean, moisturized, and nourish with this shampoo bar. Plus you get that shiny and silky hair without all those nasty chemicals shampoo companies put into their bottles of shampoo.


Buy a few in different scents for a practical eco-friendly gift.

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Best for Outdoor Adventurers
Eco-Friendly Utensils

Eco-friendly eating utensils are great for camping, backpacking, and hiking. Just like plastic cutlery, bamboo cutlery has a smooth texture and no flavor but is better for the environment. 

These bamboo utensils are the perfect gift for anyone who hates plastic as much as I do.

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Perfect for Campers
Solar Charger Power Bank

Solar chargers are a great gift for hikers and outdoorsy people. This one can easily hook onto a backpack to charge as you go. This power bank is waterproof and durable and will fit into every hiker's journey.

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Best for the Eco-friendly Boba Lovers
Stainless Steel Straws

Plastic straws have been a staple in our daily lives but are very harmful to the environment, thus, reusable straws are here to stay. This essentially Eco-friendly straw set comes in a 12-pack set that comes with two cleaning brushes. It's the perfect gift for the responsible traveler.

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Best for Nomads
Zero Waste Kits

Zero Waste Kits help travelers reduce wasted packing by providing everything needed to travel sustainably. They include reusable bags, water bottles, reusable cutlery, and other eco-friendly goods and keep food warm and dry with all natural ingredients.

These kits are perfect for travelers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint while traveling.

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Best for Backpackers
Reusable Sandwich Bags

Say "goodbye" to single-use plastic sandwich bags and say "hello" to these reusable bags made of eco-friendly PEVA and silicone material. The double-lock zipper design provides an air-tight seal to ensure they are waterproof and hygienic ideal for storing food at home and as you travel.

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Best for Long Vacation Trips
Eagle Creek Travel Packing Cubes

Eagle Creek has an excellent for its environmental initiatives by producing long-lasting products and sourcing materials that have the least environmental impact. In addition to being good for the environment, they're also incredibly practical.

Packing cubes help the traveller in your life pack more in less space, making it easier to travel with carry-on-only luggage, reducing their environmental impact when flying.

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Best to Keep in Handy At All Times
Reusable Tote Bags

I love this set of 5 reusable bags and always carry one in my purse, both when I'm at home in Munich, Germany and when I'm traveling. As mentioned above, plastic is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, and reusing bags is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact.

Also, it can save you money, since many stores, particularly in Europe, will charge you if you need a plastic bag. They're particularly handy if you're heading to a Christmas market where you'll be purchasing a few items here and there.

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Best for Frequent Flyers
Eco Passport Holder

I received a passport holder a few years ago as a Christmas gift from my brother, and it's one of the most practical gifts I've ever received. Several years later and my passport still looks almost brand new. That's important when dealing with immigration.

Before I had a holder and carried my passport loosely in my purse, my passport had gotten wet. When I went to renew it, the Canadian government made me get (and pay) written consent from a lawyer saying that it wasn't a forged passport.

For the record, it wasn't. After an extra step of bureaucracy, and an additional $80, I vowed to carry my passport in a holder, and I have ever since. This eco-friendly product has been with me ever since.

Besides being practical, this one is almost made from post-consumer beverage bottles and saved two bottles from ending up in a landfill or the ocean.

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Best for all Eco-Friendly Adventurers
Reusable Water Bottle

These water bottles are made with recycled stainless steel perfect for your eco-friendly traveler. 100% dishwasher safe and equipped with anti-leak lids.

Ocean bottle is a company that directly contributes to Plastic Bank with every plastic bottle that they sell. Plastic Bank ensures that 11.4kgs of single-use plastic water bottles or over 1000 plastic water bottles are collected and recycled instead of being dumped in the ocean.

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Best for Backpackers
Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes

These toothbrushes are made from bamboo, a fast-growing renewable resource. These reusable bamboo toothbrushes are 100% recyclable so that they won't end up in a landfill. The company also donates a portion of the profits to the Earthjustice charity.

They make for a great stocking stuffer for the eco-minded person in your life. I've asked for a set for Christmas. The little changes we make in our life do add up. As Kermit the Frog says, it's easy being green!

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Best for Multi-Day Treks
Microfiber Towel

Fast-drying towels are a lifesaver when you're traveling or doing a multi-day trek like the Tour du Mont Blanc. There's nothing worse than carrying a large wet towel with you.

That's why I like this compact one with antibacterial microfiber. You can reuse it multiple times without washing it and it won't smell. Not only is that convenient when traveling but doing less washing is also good for the planet.

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Best for Avid Hikers
Collapsible Water Bottle

Every year 50 billion plastic bottles are thrown away – 50 billion! While I love the idea of a reusable water bottle, I don’t like how bulky it is when not filled with water.

That’s why I love this collapsible water bottle. It hardly takes up any room when not filled. You can also purchase the travel case for the bottle which makes it even smaller.

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Best for Vacationists

An Adventure Tour

Instead of driving on your vacation, why not reduce your environmental impact by hiking for part of it? Cycling and hiking holidays are something I do multiple times each year. Not only are they good for the environment, but they’re also good for your waistline.

Plus, our tours that reconnect you with nature do wonders for your soul. You’ll come so much more refreshed than if you would have spent your vacation lying on a beach. I usually have some sort of epiphany afterward too. That’s what happens when you experience the power of nature. We offer a small selection of carefully curated hand-picked hiking tours that I’ve personally done. Our most popular is our Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided tour.

If hiking or cycling isn’t your thing, consider a wildlife tour that puts you face-to-face with lemurs. I think both you and your recipient will enjoy them as much as I have. If you need help in choosing the right one for you, just email me at info@monkeysandmountains.com, and I’m happy to help.


Let me know in the comments below which of these eco-friendly gifts you’d most like to receive and share it with someone as a hint.

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