If you’re looking for ethical travel gifts that are also luxurious, here is a range of sustainable products, in a range of prices, for travel lovers who want to make a difference or create a positive impact on the planet wherever they go.
1.Cashmere Travel Wrap, The Travelwrap Company, £245
A cashmere wrap is not only a stylish accessory but can be used instead of an airplane blanket. During her previous career in the pharmaceutical industry, Niamh Barker, the brand’s founder, traveled a lot and felt squeamish using airplane blankets, a known source of germs. So she created a company that exclusively sells travelwraps. The wraps are created by Johnstons of Elgin, a 200-year-old Scottish company that has a well-deserved reputation for producing the finest cashmere in the world. The luxury designer wraps are made from cashmere in 2-ply yarn (or more) which is not only softer and warmer than single ply but is super long-lasting. The sustainability credentials are very good. Cashmere is sustainably sourced in Mongolia then spun at the only mill in Scotland still capable of turning raw fibre into yarn.
2.Tweed overcoat, Winser, £575
A smart, crease-proof coat is essential for the frequent traveler. Winser’s gorgeous, Chanel-inspired, blue tweed coat is sewn in London and is a limited-edition, statement, forever coat — an intelligent investment. The design is practical and chic, featuring four front pockets with fringe edge detailing, a turned in collar and soft shoulder pads finished with sleeve vent detailing, fastened with two concealed and covered front poppers.
3.Master & Dynamic MW75 noise cancellation headphones £549
This New York based company has been making headphones since 2014 and their over ear headphones are simply brilliant for travel. The sound quality is fantastic and soft, padded leather ear pads make them possible to sleep in on long-haul flights. Even better still, now they’ve added noise cancellation to the newest MW75 model. All the company’s products are sustainable as they are long-lasting, using durable metals that stand the test of time and do not break or crack. The ear pads are replaceable so that they can be replaced easily without having to buy new headphones and packaging is eco-friendly.
4.Adidas x Stella McCartney Treino sneakers £170
Comfortable sneakers are essential for any trip but they can be stylish and eco-friendly too. Made with Primegreen, a series of high-performance recycled materials, Treino by Stella McCartney are a multi-purpose training and day-to-day shoe. Featuring BOOST energy return with extra support the shoes are available in black, orange or white.
5.Baudoin & Lange Stride Loafers, £340
When comfort is of the essence but you need something dressier than sneakers, a loafer is an excellent choice. Baudoin & Lange was founded in London by Allan Baudoin, an ex-Apple programmer turned shoemaker and Bo van Langeveld, a former race car driver who saw the need for work shoes to be both comfortable and chic. The shoes are handmade in London and they work directly with artisans and trusted suppliers, to select and source the best leathers and suedes from different parts of Europe. The aim is to produce sustainably with minimum wastage. The suede Stride loafers in a range of colors will suit any traveler.
6.Backpack from Carl Friedrik, £395
These aren’t your ordinary backpacks. Using nubuck leather in olive, black, grey and brown from Spain and Italy, Carl Friedrik backpacks collapse or expand depending on how much you’re planning to carry. The main compartment is accessible via a zipper that runs across the bag’s top panel. There is a separate padded compartment for laptops up to 16 inches. Two open fabric pockets and two pen slots make up the interior. The shoulder straps are padded mesh for comfort. The company, launched in 2012 by two Swedish brothers, uses sustainable materials, rejects seasonal collections, provides supply-chain transparency and offers a 100-day trial program.
7.Trousers by Dai, from £175
The ideal trousers for travelling: very chic but they feel like yoga gear. Dai’s range of trousers, in black, navy or dark green use performance four-way stretch, machine washable, wrinkle resistant fabrics. They’re planet-friendly and a certified B Corporation (for companies that demonstrate high social and environmental performance).
8.Firehose Washbag by Elvis & Kresse, £70
The use of reclaimed materials by Elvis & Kresse is truly inspired. London Fire Brigade’s decommissioned fire-hose, destined for landfill, have been transformed into large, waterproof washbags, lined with waste parachute silk. For other products, the brand also uses leather fragments from the production of Burberry leather goods and coffee jute or hessian sacks. The washbags are available in red hose, yellow hose or black printing blanket.
9.Rainforest edition Solar watch from Solios, £235
Powered by clean, renewable energy and built with components that are easy on the planet, Solios is the first B corporation-certified watch company. Completely solar-powered, the watches have an invisible solar panel under the dial and it charges with natural and artificial light. All Solios watches feature the latest solar technology, allowing users to re-charge in just 2 hours, which equals up to a 6-month energy reserve. The Montreal-based brand’s Rainforest Edition Watches are a special edition to support the Rainforest Trust Foundation, with 10% of sales going to the charity. The attractive watch, available in 40mm and 36mm sizes, has a rose gold, mesh or vegan leather strap and can be shipped worldwide for free.
10.Kew Gardens Luxury gift boxes from the English Soap Company, £25
Ideal for handluggage, as all items are all under 100ml, the Bergamot and Ginger hand care set is part of an exclusive range of luxury bath products inspired by the plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. All profits from this collection support Kew’s scientific research stretching from discovering and identifying new species to the impact of climate change on threatened habitats. All English Soap Company products are made in England, using ingredients that are cruelty-free and free from parabens, SLS and SLES.