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The travel kit list: nine ethical gifts for Christmas 2020

This year, give the travellers in your life kit that contributes to a greater good — be it textile sustainability, charitable donations or environment-boosting initiatives. 

Published 15 Dec 2020, 17:52 GMT, Updated 1 Nov 2021, 09:35 GMT
Kånken Art Save The Arctic Fox backpack; Seasalt Cornwall Turning Tide coat; Hydro Flask Insulated Food Jar.

Kånken Art Save The Arctic Fox backpack; Seasalt Cornwall Turning Tide coat; Hydro Flask Insulated Food Jar.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller (UK)

1. Kånken Art Save The Arctic Fox backpack

This limited-edition range of kit from Swedish brand Fjållråven Kånken, whose name translates as ‘Arctic fox’, supports the plight of this snow-white canine. It’s been on the brink of extinction in Sweden for the past century, threatened by climate change and hunting activities. RRP: £90.

2. Seasalt Cornwall Turning Tide coat 

Woven from polyester fibres from plastic bottles, this waterproof, windproof coat uses less raw materials to make than conventional polyester. RRP: £130.

3. Hydro Flask Insulated Food Jar

Hydroflask not only makes these plastic-free thermal jars, it also supports organisations working to improve and provide better access to public parks. RRP: £39.95.

Mpowerd Luci Original; Lifestraw Go Stainless Steel; Houdini x Polartec Mono Air Houdi.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller (UK)

4. Mpowerd Luci Original

An ideal companion for after-dark adventures, this inflatable solar-powered lantern will light the way for up to 24 hours. Every sale helps to provide clean, affordable energy to communities around the world. RRP: £21.

5. Lifestraw Go Stainless Steel

The Lifestraw filters out microplastics, parasites and bacteria. Plus the brand’s Give Back scheme helps to provide safe water for children around the world. RRP: £54.

6. Houdini x Polartec Mono Air Houdi

The award-winning fleece — warm, lightweight, durable and completely recyclable — claims to significantly reduce plastic microfibre shedding, such as that created during laundering. The two brands behind it have made the design open source — free for other environmentally-conscious clothing retailers to copy. RRP: £179.

Patagonia Nano Puff jacket; The Beeswax Wrap Co. National Trust wax wraps; Palladium x Finisterre Pallafin Recycle boots.

Photograph by National Geographic Traveller (UK)

7. Patagonia Nano Puff jacket

The new Nano Puff jacket — warm, windproof and water-resistant — is Fair Trade Certified, made from 100% recycled polyester and produced using reduced emissions. It’s super lightweight, compressible and stays warm even when wet. RRP: £180.

8. The Beeswax Wrap Co. National Trust wax wraps

With patterns inspired by nature, the food wraps (choose vegan or beeswax) celebrate the flowers that depend upon bees, our planet’s most important pollinator. Funds raised from pack sales will go directly to the National Trust, supporting bee conservation work on its estates. RRP: £10-30.

9. Palladium x Finisterre Pallafin Recycle boots 

A collaboration between two adventure apparel heavyweights, these lightweight, waterproof boots are PETA-approved Vegan. The sole, upper and lining are crafted using recycled materials, including rubber and polyester. RRP: £125.

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