Sustainable travel is becoming more and more popular among travelers, who are eager to change their consumer habits for a better environment and general well-being. Eco-friendly travel products can be a bit more expensive than regular ones, however, they last longer, are more durable, hypoallergenic, save space in your backpack, and are made from non-harmful and toxic ingredients. So if you are interested in changing your travel accessories and toiletries, here’s the list of some of the best eco-friendly products I or my friends use.
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Zero waste eco-friendly dental care
Did you know that around 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide each year? Or that those plastic toothbrushes take up a thousand years to decompose? Even I haven’t looked into toothbrush statistics before writing this post, even though I am using the bamboo toothbrush for a long time now.
Unfortunately, not all bamboo toothbrushes are fully biodegradable. Those which use natural bristles made from badger or pig hair. Obviously, they are not vegan-friendly and as many dentists have claimed, they are quite hard for our gums and a ground for bacteria. Instead, look for a toothbrush with bamboo handles and bristles made from BPA-free nylon.
The market is full of natural and organic toothpaste, however, this doesn’t mean that they are eco-friendly and zero-waste. The packaging needs to be environmentally free, meaning either recyclable plastic, glass jars, biodegradable paper boxes, or tins. Natural and eco-friendly toothpaste comes in different forms. There are toothpaste tablets, tooth powders, tooth soap, and natural toothpaste.
Biodegradable dental floss
One of the most essential eco-friendly travel products is the floss to keep our dental hygiene at its best during our adventures. Made with natural silk or bamboo fiber, the floss usually comes in a refillable glass bottle and is 30 meters long. Most of the time, the packaging of such biodegradable floss is made of Kraft paper and can go to the compost pile straight away. Alternatively, there’s charcoal floss on the market.
Zero waste & eco-friendly hygiene products
Organic shampoo bars
One of my all-time favorite eco-friendly travel products that last me at least 6 months are shampoo bars, conditioners, and organic soaps. Since I shifted from regular shampoo bottles to shampoo bars, I don’t have to worry about pouring it into small bottles or exceeding the 100ML limit when traveling with a carry-on. Apart from being thrifty, shampoo bars and organic soaps take less space in my toiletry bag.
Zero waste deodorant
Zero waste deodorants in eco-packaging have grown quite fast over the past two-three years. There are several companies that produce these eco-friendly travel products with natural and organic ingredients that are not toxic to our health. For example, Ethnique, Bali-li, and Dirty Hippie are a few of such companies.
Zero waste deodorants come in different forms and types. They come in roll-on sticks, solid bars, and cream in glass jars.
I made a change from usual menstrual pads to menstrual cups almost two years ago and I wish I have done this sooner. It’s the most comfortable thing I have ever encountered during these days of the month. It surely needs a bit of practice and getting to know your body parts, but it’s so worth it! It gives me HUGE confidence while traveling as I know there is no chance of leaking when it’s interpreted properly. Moreover, I can wear anything I want and do everything I couldn’t before, like swimming or adventure sports!
The market has tons of menstrual cups nowadays. It all started from a Diva Cup, but I started using OrganiCup from the very beginning due to its eco-friendliness and zero-waste approach. Their cups are made of 100% flexible medical-grade silicone and super easy to insert. Plus it doesn’t cause infections and is allergy certified.
Personally, I haven’t used it myself. However, my friend did who couldn’t use the menstrual cup for a certain reason that I don’t want to go into. She loves it and uses it until she can find the cup that suits her body. These reusable menstrual pads are a great alternative if for whatever reason you can’t get used to the cups. They are usually made from organic cotton or charcoal bamboo layers that are odorless, leak-free, and ultra-absorbent.
Reusable makeup wipes
Single-use makeup wipes are one of the worst enemies for the environment. They are convenient when we are lazy or busy washing our face with just water and reaching out for a wipe. We never think about how big of an impact these wipes may have. They need longer to decompose than you might imagine. Therefore, these makeup wipes are another eco-friendly travel product that I made a switch a while back.
These makeup wipes easily remove makeup. It’s effortless to wash them as they come in a special laundry bag if you wish to clean them in the washing machine. Alternatively, the market also has makeup remover microfiber towels if individual wipes are not your thing.
Disposable razors with plastic sticks also have a huge impact on the environment as any other plastic product. Therefore, they have to go from our bathroom essentials and should be replaced with a safety razor that lasts longer and doesn’t end up in a landfill to take around 1000 years to decompose. They do look scary and not safe as they are made of all metal and not plastic featuring a double blade and a durable handle. When used properly, there is less chance of razor burns, nicks, and ingrown hair with safety razors. So, as they are making a comeback, it’s a smart investment!
Other eco-friendly travel products
Reusable water bottle
Using a reusable water bottle was one of the first eco-friendly travel products that I made a switch of. These water bottles come in different shapes, materials, color, and size depending on your preference. I always opt-in for a stainless steel or glass water bottle, however, I also have a collapsible one when I travel with limited space.
Reusable grocery mesh bags
These grocery bags are such a great alternative to single-use plastic bags on a daily bases as well as while traveling. Made from natural ingredients, the mash produce bags are washable, easy to carry, and super lightweight. They are ideal for fruits, vegetables, and grains. It also keeps groceries fresh.
Zero waste travel cutlery
Zero waste travel cutlery is ideal for those who love picnics, hiking, and camping. You can buy biodegradable wooden cutlery that will last you for some time, or opt-in for stainless metal ones. However, do note that if you’d be traveling by airplane, you might want to have the wooden cutlery as they are lighter than the metal ones, obviously.
Reusable lunch boxes and bags
Stainless steel lunch boxes are ideal eco-friendly travel products for those who love outdoors, hiking, and camping. Depending on the company, such lunch boxes come in different sets making it quite comfortable to carry your lunch during the day.
Alternatively, if you are looking for space-saver items to carry your snacks or fruits while exploring a city, opt-in for reusable silicone bags that are BPA, PVC, and latex-free. Some of those bags are even microwave and dishwasher safe, while others are easily cleaned with a detergent.
As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments down below, or connect with me on my social media channels. I will be happy to assist you as much as possible.
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