Travelling can have a big impact on the environment if you are constantly flying around the world. So there are some things you can do to minimise that carbon footprint, one of them being packing eco-friendly travel products.
These simple swaps will mean your items last longer and are much less wasteful as they are not single-use items. Remember plastic is cheap to produce but it’s very bad for the environment taking around 400 years to degrade. If we all do a small part for the world by using sustainable travel products then it will be a better place already.
Eco-friendly Travel Products You Need:
1. Reusable Water Bottle
This bottle is great as It’s hard-wearing being mostly made of stainless steel. I think a water bottle really is a sustainable travel essential.
2. Filter Bottle
This bottle is perfect for countries that don’t have safe drinkable water. You simply fill it up with tap water and the bottle will filter out all the nasty stuff, making it safe for you to drink. You can use this to filter water and then fill up another bottle.
This saves on buying many plastic bottles as you can keep refilling your water from the tap. GRAYL has the best bottles on the market, they are an investment but think about all the plastic and money you would save having one of these.
3. Reusable Bag
Cotton tote bags are a great multi-use bag that can be used for shopping or going to the beach. They are better than most supermarkets long-life bags which are not all made with natural material.
4. Bamboo Toothbrush
There are so many bamboo toothbrushes on the market now! So they have become a lot cheaper than they used to be!
5. Shampoo/Conditioner Bar
Shampoo and conditioner bars are great for travelling as they are compact, light and last forever. Various companies sell them online, the ones made by Lush are amazing!
6. Soap Bar
A standard bar of soap is a sustainable travel essential that can replace your shower gel, this will also make your bag lighter and the bar will last forever!
7. Deodorant Bar/ Tube
8. Reusable Earbud
This silicone earbud is perfect for travelling, as it can be washed and reused again. Although it is made from plastic it is more sustainable than its single-use counterpart as it’s an item you can use over and over again.
The option of using single cotton buds made of bamboo and paper is better than the plastic ones, as they will degrade quicker, but it would still be a single-use item.
9. Metal Razer (non-disposable)
Buy one of these and you will never have to buy a razor again, only new blades, which can easily be recycled. This eco-friendly travel product looks kinda scary but what’s scarier this or plastic floating around everywhere? This one by Bambaw is great and it’s easy to replace the blades. Blades are also very cheap to buy and you can find them all over the world.
10. Reusable Make-up Wipes
Great for replacing the normal disposable make-up wipes or cotton pads. These can be easily washed in the washing machine, most come with their own laundry bag.
11. Degradable Phone Case
If only phone companies would make their phones so that they wouldn’t smash when you drop them! then we wouldn’t have to use plastic phone cases which also break… Pela Case make a bio-degradable case for lots of phone types!
12. Straw & Cutlery Set
Sometimes when travelling you will find amazing food stalls but usually, they give out plastic cutlery to eat with. You can easily save on plastic by taking an eco-friendly travel kit for cutlery with you to avoid having to take the single-use ones.
It’s good to remember that…
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”Anne-Marie Bonneau from @ZeroWasteChef
Eco-friendly Travel Products
Obviously, not all these things can be achieved all the time and it’s all about personal choice. But I hope this list of eco-friendly travel products helps you think more about what you are packing and if you can make any simple swaps. Remember if you are able to buy and use a few of these items then every little helps.
As a traveller, we love to get out and explore this beautiful world so when we leave this planet do we really want to leave it in a worse state than what it was before?
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