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Gifts That Give Back

Show your appreciation for the outdoors with these 8 eco-friendly and fair-trade holiday gift ideas from 1% for the Planet brands.

The holiday season is all about giving—to our families and friends, coworkers and neighbors. It’s about showing our appreciation for everyone we love. So, if we love the outdoors, shouldn’t we find a way to support our interests and let Mother Nature in on the action?

Fortunately, a lot of our favorite outdoor brands have had the same idea. From products that are Fair Trade-certified, to ones that give a percentage of their proceeds to conservation projects, these eight holiday gift ideas won’t just show your love for the recipient; they’ll show your love for the greater Earth, too. All are 1% for the Planet members, as is Public Lands (via the Public Lands Fund), which doubles your giving to 2% that goes right back to the environment.

1. Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece Vest  

This might be the softest vest you’ll ever encounter. The high-pile, double-face fleece is warm, flattering, and gentle against the skin. And because it’s made from 100% recycled materials, it’s gentle on the environment, too. The vest’s Fair Trade certification also helps give factory workers a living wage and humane working conditions—that added benefit on top of Patagonia’s 1% for the Planet promise, which ensures every sale supports conservation efforts across the U.S.

2. Cotopaxi Full-Zip Hoodie

Cotopaxi’s famous (and famously hip) color-blocking is on full display in this ultra-cozy, Fair Trade-certified cotton hoodie. The full zip means it’s easy on and off, and the variety of colors makes it easy to find a style that suits. Bonus: 1% of all Cotopaxi’s sales go to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which helps combat poverty in communities around the world.

3. Vivobarefoot Geo Court II Shoes

Made from free-range leather sourced from small family farms, these stylish, zero-drop-style shoes are just as at home in the gym as they are on the street. Like Cotopaxi, Vivobarefoot is a B Corporation, which means it meets the highest social, environmental and transparency standards. And because the company uses a ton of bio-based and recycled materials, buying a pair of Vivobarefoots means guilt-free giving.

4. Deuter Trail 28 SL Backpack

The colors on this cushy, fully equipped daypack are on point, but so are its technical features: It comes with an included rain cover, great options for load adjustment and weight transfer, and roomy hip-belt pockets for on-the-go gear access. (The men’s version is the Trail 30, which has a longer back length to accommodate those with larger frames.) As for the eco-cred? The pack’s water-repellant coating is nontoxic to the environment, and Deuter is a 1% for the Planet member, which means a portion of every purchase gets funneled back to conservation initiatives.   

5. ENO Doublenest Hammock

Who couldn’t do with a little more relaxation in the coming year? Enter the classic Doublenest Hammock from ENO, a 1% for the Planet member that funds tree-planting and sustainable forestry projects across the world. Big enough for two and made of soft, strong, quick-drying nylon, the Doublenest is the perfect tool for backpacking trips and backyard hangs alike.

6. Goodr Sunglasses

With names like “Influencers Pay Double,” “Nine-Dollar Pourover,” and “I Do My Own Stunts,” it’s no wonder Goodr’s fun, quirky sunglasses have garnered a cult following over the past few years. And thanks to its 1% for the Planet and 100% carbon-neutral initiatives, you can rest assured that every bit of the hype is well-deserved.

7. Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket

We all know someone who always seems to be cold. Whether it’s your world-traveling friend, your adventure buddy, or your mom, everyone can benefit from a super packable insulated blanket. Rumpl’s version packs down to the size of a water bottle and is perfect for camping, picnicking, and adventure travel alike. And because the brand donates a percentage of its proceeds to environmental causes, gifting a Rumpl will provide the warm fuzzies in more ways than one.

8. Solo Stove Bonfire Firepit

Nothing says “Gather ’round,” like a warm, blazing campfire. And nothing says “Stay awhile,” like discovering that that campfire produces zero smoke or ash. Solo Stove’s Bonfire Firepit is expertly engineered to dramatically reduce smoke and embers, giving you all the benefits of a fire with none of the drawbacks. Better yet: Solo Stove donates 1% of its revenues to conservation organizations, and funds replanting projects that help replace the logs that its fire pits consume.

All articles are for general informational purposes.  Each individual’s needs, preferences, goals and abilities may vary.  Be sure to obtain all appropriate training, expert supervision and/or medical advice before engaging in strenuous or potentially hazardous activity.