Cruising World’s Eco-Friendly Gifts for Sailors 2018

This holiday season, surprise your favorite sailor with a gift they will love while helping to preserve the oceans and waterways for the future.
Cruising World’s Eco-Friendly Gifts for Sailors 2018 Courtesy of the manufacturer

Sailors are naturally an eco-friendly bunch, so this holiday season, give the sailor in your life something useful that they will love – and feel good about. From clothing that uses recycled water bottles in the fabric to bracelets and sunglasses that support ocean health, here are our Sail Green picks for 2018.


MANDA Organic Sun Crème

As more research is being done about the effects of chemical sunscreens (particularly oxybenzone and octinoxate) on coral reef health (and human health too), it’s time to start looking closer at the ingredients on sunscreen tubes. MANDA Organic Sun Crème offers SPF 50 protection in a formula that high-quality, food-grade ingredients. Another plus? The tube is made from bio-plastic derived from sugar cane. Courtesy of the manufacturer
Costa Sunglasses

Costa Untangled

Costa Sunglasses has partnered with Bureo, a pioneer in recycled fishnet products, to turn discarded fishing nets into quality sunglass frames. The collection will include four new frame styles made from 100 percent recycled fishing nets, each featuring mineral glass polarized lenses, recycled aluminum Costa logos, PLUSfoam recyclable temple and nose pads, and a unique tumbled finish. The Untangled Collection includes two male/unisex styles, Pescador and Baffin; and two female styles, Victoria and Caldera. Courtesy of the manufacturer

Patagonia Uprisal Hoody

Whether you’re on the hook or on a night watch, is there anything more comfortable than a hoody to ward off the evening chill? In addition to being comfy, Patagonia’s Uprisal hoody is also eco-friendly. The Fair Trade Certified sweatshirt is made from 95% recycled material including 14 plastic water bottles and almost a pound of cotton scrap. Courtesy of the manufacturer
Marmara Imports

Turkish Towels

If you haven’t tried using Turkish towels aboard your boat — just do it! You’ll wish you didn’t wait so long! These gorgeous (yet affordable!) textiles from Marmara Imports are handmade from high-quality organic Turkish cotton. They are perfect for life aboard because they are lightweight, yet highly absorbent and quick to dry, so they take up little space and don’t get musty. The towels are perfect for the beach as well and can even double as a pretty cover-up. Courtesy of the manufacturer
Cape Horn

Cape Horn Sailors Collection

While using recycled sails as a material for something new might not be that new, the way Cape Horn does it looks modern and beautiful. This company is founded by Antonia Undurraga, a passionate sailor whose home waters in Chile are some of the most challenging on the planet. Each item the company makes includes a piece of a sail from a boat that’s ventured to the bottom of the world. The line includes wallets, coasters, sunglasses straps, a journal and more. Courtesy of the manufacturer
Electric Outboard

EP Carry Electric Outboard

If you dislike lugging gas down to the dinghy for the outboard, and the fumes and noise that are produced when running it, an electric outboard might be for you! The EP Carry is made with the needs of cruising sailors in mind. At 21 pounds total for the motor and battery pack, it’s easy to carry, and its compact size makes it simple to stow in a cockpit locker. Courtesy of the manufacturer

4Ocean Bracelet

Here’s a cool little gift that can support ocean health. With each bracelet purchase, a pound of trash is pulled from the ocean. The bracelet itself is made from recycled materials including recycled glass for the beads and water bottles to make the cord. Special edition bracelets also support other marine conservation efforts such as the Save the Manatee Foundation. Courtesy of the manufacturer