Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Travel Gifts For Eco-Conscious Moms
Show mom she taught you well by buying her a gift that takes care of the Earth as lovingly as she’s always taken care of you.
Mom would agree that it’s more important than ever to shop and travel responsibly, buying items that leave no trace and that are made ethically and from recycled materials, from companies that support nonprofits working to protect the planet.
Here are some great travel gifts you can feel good about giving to your mom.
Hunter Recycled Lightweight Packable Jacket
She loves her Hunter boots so get her a travel-friendly jacket to go with them. Crafted from 100% recycled polyester with a carbon-free coating, this windbreaker-style jacket is cheery on a rainy day. It’s certified vegan and comes in four colors, and along with protecting her from the elements, the brand is committed to protecting our forests, our resources and our communities. Price: $125
Beautyologie Earth Mama Gift Set
This adorable cosmetic bag is filled with TSA-friendly artisan-crafted fair trade products including Shea Yeleen’s Lavender Honeysuckle Rich Shea Body Butter Cream from Ghana, Tierra & Lava Mayan Bliss Balm from Guatemala, and Essential Oils of Peru Lemongrass Essential Oil from Peru. The bag itself is made in India from 100% Zero-Waste cotton fabric and trims, using a sustainable design approach, and can be used over and over again. This is a lovely gift that’s as good for the planet as it is for her skin. Price: $55
Bellroy Tokyo Tote Second Edition
Made with durable, water-resistant recycled fabric and premium, environmentally certified leather, this bag is so roomy, it can hold a shocking amount of stuff, from her laptop and headphones to workout gear and water bottle. She’ll love the clever end pockets that pop out when she needs them and fold flat when they’re empty, as well as the extra padding to protect her electronics. There are so many thoughtful features she’ll appreciate in this bestselling bag that can serve as a carry-all and a carry-on. Price: $129
Reuben Oliver Aran Pima Hoodie
This cozy hoodie from plant-based knitwear brand, Reuben Oliver, is such an upgrade from her old favorite – and is likely to become her new favorite. Artisan made in Peru from 100% Peruvian Pima cotton, it’s soft and lightweight and can be worn pretty much all year round by itself or as a layering piece. Because it’s biodegradable, it’s healthier for the environment and an investment in the future. Price: $250
Everyone knows UGG for their cushy comfort but they’re just as nurturing to the planet as they are to feet. Their iconic heritage chukka is made with upcycled and recycled materials, from the lining to the insole, and it was made in a factory that empowers women with the help of HERproject. It comes in 9 rich colors and, although it’s got plenty of support to get moms through busy travel days, it’s as comfortable as wearing slippers. Price: $130
She will want to take this travel essential everywhere because not only does it look good but it’s so good for the planet. It’s made from recycled coffee – yes, really! – and is produced with a waterless dye system that saves thousands of gallons. Plus, it’s antimicrobial, stain-resistant and water-repellent. It even packs into itself and has a carabiner loop to attach to any bag. In a word, it’s perfect. Price: $109
Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool Fringed Throw
A good throw blanket can make a road trip or flight so much more comfortable, and no one makes blankets like Pendleton. This eco-friendly beauty – available in half a dozen different stripes and plaids – is crafted from naturally renewable wool that won’t pill or shrink and is part of the iconic brand’s Eco-Wise Wool Collection, passing strict standards of sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship from sheep to shelf. The blanket is soft and designed to keep its rich color after every machine wash. Price: $149
She will love everything about these bags, starting with the fact that they’re gorgeous. They’re also hand woven with 100% PVC recyclable plastic by Mexican and Guatemalan artisans, creating sustainable jobs and lots of joy. The bags are available in a variety of sizes, styles, colors and patterns and come with a cheery pom pom guaranteed to make her smile. Each bag takes 7 to 10 days to make and is a piece of art in itself. Price: $190
Tommy Bahama Palm Modern Over-the-Shoulder Square Neck One-Piece Swimsuit
Tommy Bahama knows a thing or two about the beach and they recently made the Forbes list of The Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders for their efforts to protect it. Their new line, Palm Modern, is the brand’s first, fully sustainable collection of women’s swimwear and she’ll feel confident heading out on a tropical vacation in this flattering swimsuit made of 75% recycled nylon and 25% spandex for stretch. She’ll be proud to support Tommy Bahama’s mission of “More relaxation, smaller footprint.” Price: $99.50