23 Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Gift Ideas for Ocean Lovers (2022)

Giving an eco-friendly gift is always the right choice — especially if the gift recipient is a diver or someone who cares about the environment. Our oceans are choking on debris, and none of us needs another useless tchotchke or heavily-packaged bath product. The list below includes our favourite gift ideas for ocean conservationists or anyone who wants to gift sustainably.

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Digital gifts deliver 100% happiness with 0% carbon emissions or wasteful packaging. You don’t even need to mail a card, just write a thoughtful message.

An increasing number of people prefer experiences over things. They’d rather have memories that last a lifetime than an object that wears out and sits in a landfill for hundreds of years.

Firstly, a scuba diving course or experience is one of the best ways to invest in ocean protection and give a gift packed with amazing memories. When you buy an online scuba course or gift certificate to a dive shop, your purchase supports both a local business and the local environment.

In addition to dive gear and scuba classes, many dive shops offer:

  • Scuba camps and birthday pool parties for kids
  • Discover Scuba® Diving for people who aren’t sure if they’ll like scuba diving
  • Online courses in Digital Underwater Photography and/or photo editing
  • Scuba refresher courses (an online course with an optional pool session)

For the Ocean Conservationist Who Has Everything

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Gifts That Start a Conversation About Conservation

By now, most of us have a reusable water bottle (or three), but those plain bottles could be a lot more fun and interesting with a “refills not landfills,” or “plastic blows” sticker. Buy some ocean conservation stickers to help your friend express their point of view every time they hydrate.

Most of us have facemasks, too, but these ocean-themed masks are a great way to start a conversation about conservation. Additionally, they’re made from recycled plastic and also come in children’s size.
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Book a Stay at an Eco-Conscious Resort

If your special someone deserves a serious show of love, there are several PADI Travel resorts that promote eco-conscious travel and work on marine conservation movements.

Check out these eco-conscious resorts below:

  • Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Mexico
  • Anthony’s Key Resort in Honduras

Plus, when booking any trip with PADI Travel, you can offset your carbon emissions and preserve reef biodiversity with the SeaGrass Grow Program. Paired with The Ocean Foundation, the SeaGrass Grow Program works to conserve and restore seagrass and mangrove habitats in Jobos Bay Reserve in Puerto Rico!

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Gifts for Outdoor Adventures

For ocean lovers, the beach is most likely their happy place. Make their next beach trip more enjoyable by giving them:

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Not everyone likes to lounge in the sun, so, here are a couple of eco-friendly gift ideas for outdoorsy people who may not be sun-worshipers.

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Eco-Friendly Home and Bath Products

Many of our clothes contain synthetic fabrics such as nylon or polyester. What many people don’t realise is that every time you wash those clothes, they shed plastic fibres. To combat this, a Guppyfriend washing bag prevents these fibres from polluting local waterways.

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Single-serving bags are a common type of plastic pollution and reusable snack pouches are an excellent alternative. They’re stronger, easy to clean (many are dishwasher-safe) and can last for years. There’s also an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap.

Confirm Before You Buy

If your gift recipient is passionate about ocean conservation, they may already have plenty of reusable baggies, straws, utensils, etc. Don’t be shy about asking your friend or family member what they already have, perhaps under the guise of “what do you recommend?” If they say, “oh, I don’t have any (travel utensils) yet,” then you know what to buy.

Remember, the mantra of environmentalists is: reduce, reuse, recycle. The first priority is to reduce consumption (by gifting thoughtfully). It’s better to chat about what the person really wants than burden them with a gift they don’t need. Most of us already have a box full of items to re-gift that never seems to empty (especially if you’re a lady).

DIY Bath and Beauty Products

The kitchen isn’t the only place that generates a lot of plastic waste. The average person uses 11 bottles of shower gel, 10 bottles of shampoo and 6 tubes of toothpaste each year.

Bath, beauty and grooming products often contain unpronounceable ingredients, are expensive, and have an abundance of packaging. So it’s no wonder many people are making their own soaps, cleansers, and body lotion.

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The Big Book of Homemade Products includes recipes for body butter, bath bombs, laundry detergent and cleaning spray. The book makes a great gift on its own; or, if you’re the DIY type, you’ll find tons of ideas for practical, homemade gifts.

If you (or your gift recipient) are new to DIY bath and beauty, try

Homemade Beauty instead. This book offers 150 simple recipes for natural shampoo, bug repellent, body lotion, etc. Many can be made in 5 minutes or less.

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Give Back to Marine Life

Sometimes an eco-friendly gift can actually have a much wider impact than a single physical gift. For a gift that quite literally keeps on giving, why not adopt a dolphin for your partner, friend or colleague?

Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) is a charity that works to protect whales and dolphins. Their slogan is, “a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free,” which can be found on lots of the available merchandise. One of WDC’s movements allows you to symbolically adopt one of their protected dolphins in areas off the British coast. These individuals face oil, gas and fishing gear entanglement threats (among others). Adopt a dolphin here!

The organization provides both adult and junior adoption packs, including tote bags, stickers, monthly magazines and updates! While the items are lovely, knowing that you are providing crucial support to these species is a truly meaningful gift that keeps on giving.

To take your gift further, check out the best places to swim and dive with dolphins! Or, contact PADI Travel to explore dive resorts and liveaboards in dolphin hotspots.

Wrap it Up Right

If you buy a physical item, wrap your gift in colourful fabric or other recyclable/reusable material. Here are a few ideas. Plastic ribbons and glossy/metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled so they somewhat render an eco-friendly gift less effective.

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Sending your gift through the post? Use this biodegradable paper tape adorned with turtles and sea stars to make it something special.

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What’s Next?

We hope this list of gifts for ocean lovers has inspired you to gift sustainably this year. If you buy any of the items we’ve linked to on Amazon.com, please know any Amazon Associates revenue earned from the item will be donated to Project AWARE®.

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FAQs

What to gift someone who cares about the environment? ›

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How can oceans be more sustainable? ›

10 Ways to Help Our Ocean
  1. Conserve Water. Use less water so excess runoff and wastewater will not flow into the ocean.
  2. Reduce Pollutants. ...
  3. Reduce Waste. ...
  4. Shop Wisely. ...
  5. Reduce Vehicle Pollution. ...
  6. Use Less Energy. ...
  7. Fish Responsibly. ...
  8. Practice Safe Boating.

How do you gift sustainably for Christmas? ›

Think about materials: Look at the materials gifts are made from and keep sustainability in mind. Ensure wood and paper are made from recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials, avoid single plastics items that can't be recycled, and look for things like Organic-certified food and clothing.

What is sustainable gift? ›

Sustainable gifting aims to minimize the use of resources, use natural, biodegradable & reusable materials, upcycle materials that have already been used and still exist somewhere on our planet, support artisans, pay all workers fairly and give back to the society in a positive manner.

How can I gift more sustainably? ›

Tips for Sustainable Giving
  1. Services Instead of Goods. Gifts of service require little or no use of natural resources, and are very personal and memorable. ...
  2. Experiences to Enjoy and Remember. ...
  3. Homemade Edibles. ...
  4. Flower Power. ...
  5. “Old” Gold Jewelry. ...
  6. “Used” Gifts. ...
  7. Battery-Free Giving. ...
  8. Souvenir Buying.

How can I be eco-friendly at the beach? ›

Avoid plastic with these sustainable beach tips

Carry a reusable water bottle like this or get a Big Berkey water filter like this one. Either give up straws altogether or buy a reusable straw like this. Avoid food plastic by buying or bringing snacks like fruit or sandwiches in reusable boxes. Don't smoke.

Why is the ocean important? ›

Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. They also serve as the foundation for much of the world's economy, supporting sectors from tourism to fisheries to international shipping.

Why is it important to protect our oceans? ›

The air we breathe: The ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Climate regulation: Covering 70 percent of the Earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.

Why should we buy eco friendly products? ›

Eco-friendly products are those that do not harm the environment whether in their production, use or disposal. In other words, these products help preserve the environment by significantly reducing the pollution and waste they could produce.

How can Tesco be more sustainable? ›

The Plan includes commitments to eliminate deforestation from Tesco's products by 2020 and make their packaging fully recyclable or compostable by 2025. Through our partnership, we're supporting Tesco to accelerate their progress towards these environmental targets.

Which candles are eco friendly? ›

' Beeswax is a good bet as it's non-allergenic, non-toxic and smoke-free, while vegetable wax candles are both toxin-free and long-lasting thanks to their cooler burning temperature.

How do oceans impact your life? ›

The ocean affects every human life. It supplies freshwater and oxygen, moderates the climate, influences our weather, and affects human health. Humans rely on the ocean for food and transportation (Fig. 1.7).

How does the ocean benefit humans? ›

The ocean provides food, jobs and livelihoods

It provides nutrition, medicines, and mineral and renewable energy resources. It supports jobs in fishing, seafood, leisure and science. Our ocean is the original “super-highway,” that links economies together and transports goods and people all around the globe.

What products do we use that come from the ocean? ›

What do salad dressing, shampoo, cancer-fighting compounds, allergy medications, and ice cream all have in common? Believe it or not, all of these products are developed using ocean resources! In fact, many of the things that you use every day are developed with chemical compounds and living things found in the ocean.

What is the important role of ocean current to people's life? ›

By moving heat from the equator toward the poles, ocean currents play an important role in controlling the climate. Ocean currents are also critically important to sea life. They carry nutrients and food to organisms that live permanently attached in one place, and carry reproductive cells and ocean life to new places.

How much food does the ocean provide? ›

While covering 71% of Earth's surface, the world ocean contributes only 2% to the world's food supply on a caloric basis (FAO, 2018b).

Why is the ocean sustainable? ›

Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

What does a sustainable ocean mean? ›

Put simply, a sustainable ocean economy is one where humanity effectively safeguards marine and coastal ecosystems, uses ocean resources such as seafood in a sustainable way, and ensures that benefits from the ocean and ocean industries are shared fairly and can last into the future.

How do seas and oceans sustain life 7? ›

Answer. Answer: The air we breathe: The ocean produces over half of the world's oxygen and absorbs 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere. Climate regulation: Covering 70 percent of the Earth's surface, the ocean transports heat from the equator to the poles, regulating our climate and weather patterns.

Why the ocean holds the key to sustainable development? ›

To reach the SDGs we will have to produce more from the oceans. We need the oceans to provide more food, more jobs and more energy. And we must maintain its capacity to regulate the climate and support biodiversity. These are all reasons to manage the oceans better.

What are 7 oceans of the world? ›

The Seven Seas include the Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian, and Southern oceans.

How do people use the ocean? ›

The ocean allows humans to trade, and gives many of us jobs in fisheries, trade, shipping, tourism and travel. The ocean also is a source of minerals, energy resources, and medicines. It provides us with the opportunity for ocean sports and activities.

How can we protect life below water? ›

Reduce waste – much of the waste that we produce on land ends up in the oceans. Stop using plastic bags: Usage and wrong disposal of plastic is a major cause of marine pollution. Run a campaign on the effects of plastic use on the seas and oceans. Organize a cleanup project for rivers and oceans.

What resources are in the ocean? ›

It is mined for minerals (salt, sand, gravel, and some manganese, copper, nickel, iron, and cobalt can be found in the deep sea) and drilled for crude oil. The ocean plays a critical role in removing carbon from the atmosphere and providing oxygen. It regulates Earth's climate.

How many people rely on the ocean? ›

More than three billion people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods, the vast majority in developing countries.

What are the oceans names? ›

Historically, there are four named oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic. However, most countries - including the United States - now recognize the Southern (Antarctic) as the fifth ocean. The Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian are the most commonly known.

How does the ocean benefit humans? ›

The ocean provides food, jobs and livelihoods

It provides nutrition, medicines, and mineral and renewable energy resources. It supports jobs in fishing, seafood, leisure and science. Our ocean is the original “super-highway,” that links economies together and transports goods and people all around the globe.

What is the important role of ocean current to people's life? ›

By moving heat from the equator toward the poles, ocean currents play an important role in controlling the climate. Ocean currents are also critically important to sea life. They carry nutrients and food to organisms that live permanently attached in one place, and carry reproductive cells and ocean life to new places.

How does the ocean affect humans? ›

The ocean affects every human life. It supplies freshwater and oxygen, moderates the climate, influences our weather, and affects human health. Humans rely on the ocean for food and transportation (Fig. 1.7).

How important is the ocean to our economy? ›

In addition to its crucial role for regulating the climate and weather, and providing critical ecosystem services, the ocean is vital to the world's economy, with more than 90% of trade using sea routes and as a source of jobs for millions of people.

How much plastic is in the ocean? ›

There is now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans.

What is sustainable ocean management? ›

A Sustainable Ocean Plan aims to guide public and private sector decision-makers on how to sustainably manage a nation's ocean area under national jurisdiction to advance long-term economic and social development, by protecting the natural marine ecosystems that underpin that development.

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