Top Gifts for the Eco-Minded Outdoor Enthusiast

Gear gift ideas for the eco-conscious outdoor enthusiast

Gift giving for the eco-minded, outdoor enthusiast can be difficult; knowing what to look for doesn’t come naturally for many, and even sustainability experts can give a gift that lacks purpose or relation to a person’s hobbies. But that’s OK because we are here to makes things easier on you and ensure the eco-warrior on your list gets exactly what they want. Check out these gear and apparel ideas for the 2018/19 season. All you need to do is decide how much to spend. Here we go!


Silent Down Collection ($229-$349) – A sophisticated line of incredibly soft, matte-finished jackets made from 70% recycled polyester with two-way mechanical stretch. Insulated with 700-fill-power Recycled Down and treated with a DWR finish. Fair Trade Certified sewing. These styles are rooted in an outdoor design aesthetic that pushes the boundaries of styling and silhouettes, making them equally at home in the mountains and in man-made environments. Available in a M’s Jacket and Shirt & W’s Jacket and Parka.

Arbor Pack Collection ($79-$129) – Patagonia’s updated Arbor Collection of bags and packs now includes 100% recycled fabric and a solution dyeing process that uses less water than conventional methods. Perfect for travel, school or work. Link to product.

Woolyester Fleece Jacket & Pullover ($139-$159) – Striving for a zero-waste apparel industry, Patagonia took a classic style and modernized it by changing the fabric content. Made with 46% recycled wool/46% polyester/4% nylon/4% other fiber patterned fleece, this every day, all around layer is a better choice when buying new. Fair Trade Certified sewn. Link to product. Read more about Woolyester here.

Uprisal Collection of Sweatshirts ($65-$79) – The Uprisal sweatshirt is 95% recycled, made using 10.8 plastic bottles and .6 pounds of cotton scrap, saving 143 gallons of water as compared to a conventional cotton sweatshirt. Fair Trade Certified sewn. Link to product. Also available in a variety of M’s/W’s Crews and Hoodies!

Patagonia Provisions Gift Boxes ($48-$350) – A box of healthy, sustainable, easy-to-prepare food for all those on your list! Gift Boxes include food items such as salmon, buffalo jerky, grains, seed snacks, soup + chili and more. Link to product.

Environmental Donations through Patagonia Action Works 

Looking for a way to donate to an environmental group in someone’s community? Patagonia’s new online platform, Patagonia Action Works, will connect you with a local environmental action group so that you can make a donation in someone’s name – the ultimate eco gift! These groups work specifically on issues in the areas of land, water, climate, communities and biodiversity.


Eco Sweaters ($89-$129) – This season, we are especially excited about Toad&Co’s eCo sweater collection for both men and women – made from recycled materials, non-mulesed wool, organic cotton, and tencel. This fall, 98% of Toad&Co’s line is sustainably-made with at least 80% sustainable fibers and/or fabrics that are third party certified for responsible manufacturing.

The Toad&Co x Modern Adventure Experience – Give the gift of eco-travel! Toad&Co has partnered with Modern Adventure to launch a series of brand-infused trips for the culturally curious and avidly adventurous – this is a premium gift for a lucky person!

Joshua Tree (Jan 31-Feb 3 / $2,100)

Costa Rica (Feb 18-24 / $3,900)

Peru (April 28-May 5 / $3,900)


Hemp is an incredibly sustainable fabric that requires little water and no pesticides to grow – Jungmaven offers a variety of hemp products to a dedicated following of super fans!

Women’s Button-Front Hemp Jumper ($242). Link to product.

Hemp Shirts & Sweatshirts ($44-$198). Link to products.

Hemp/Organic Cotton Town & Country Socks ($44/3-pack). Link to product.


MANDA’s new Organic Sun Creme ($32) offers the surfer, runner or biker in your life a safe, reef-friendly organic sunscreen now in a creme for full body coverage. This SPF 50 Sun Creme has a smooth, rich lotion texture that is easily applied. Also new is the Organic Paw Paw Salve ($26) for after-sun care. Perfect stocking-stuffers for the mid-winter trip to the tropics.

Conner Hats 

We are loving Conner’s variety of sustainable, waterproof winter hats made from crushable, cruelty-free Australian wool ($41-$66). Other environmentally-friendly features include: formaldehyde-free, azo dye-free, biodegradable packaging, water soluble garment bags, biodegradable tag connectors and 100% recycled paper tags. Check out Wylder Goods for our favorite winter styles.


This year, Bureo has partnered with a some exciting companies to manufacture a variety of products made from recycled fishing nets!

Untangled Collection (from $199)– recycled fishnet sunglasses made in collaboration with Costa Sunglasses. Link to product.

Smart Ocean (from $1,069) – recycled office chair made in collaboration with Humanscale. Link to product.

Bureo x Futures Surf Fin ($70). Link to product.


Adidas is working together with Parley to put an end to plastic pollution once and for all. For the eco-conscious outdoor enthusiast, the following footwear is a dream come true. But how is Adidas/Parley tackling a global issue by producing new, innovative gear? Strategically.

Avoid – Intercept – Redesign

See the full line of Adidas Parley Shoes and give the gist of eco-innovation.

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