Eco-Friendly travel products. Where to even begin? Sustainable travel is a topic on everyone’s lips at the moment and it’s something we should all strive to be better at. Over the last few years, I’ve made some small changes to become better at this, starting with the products I use at home and on my travels too. But there is still a long way to go. If you’re looking at ways to switch some of your travel products for more eco-friendly and sustainable options, this blog is for you. Here are some of my favourite eco-friendly travel products and companies striving to make the world a better place. One product at a time.
Shampoo Bars, Lush & Gruum
Shampoo bars were the first investment I made in becoming a more eco-friendly traveller and are absolutely one of my favourite items when it comes to being a sustainable traveller. I decided to ditch my plastic shampoo bottle and switched to the delicious coconut Trichomania shampoo bar from Lush. None of their products are tested on animals and the naked items are wrapped in recyclable packaging. This product, in particular, is made from natural ingredients and safe synthetics.
More recently I have also come across Grüum, who sell a wide range of shampoo bars, for a variety of hair types. They’re a Manchester-based company set up by four friends who wanted to create products from high-quality ingredients, that were sustainable and can be used by all (no men and women sections here)! Their coconut shampoo smells delicious and leaves my hair feeling great. Plus it’s vegan-friendly, plastic-free, cruelty-free and hyp-allergenic too. Check out their razor cartridge recycling scheme too, it’s the first of its kind in the UK.
Recyclable Conditioner Pots, Lush
In terms of conditioner, I did for a time use conditioner bars, but couldn’t find one that worked for me. I had reservations about buying a tub of conditioner in Lush because I was unsure about the recycling options. But a member of staff informed me that they were already made from recycled pots AND they run a scheme where you can bring back your empty tubs in exchange for a fresh face mask. So after hearing that I was swayed. Here is a handy article covering everything you need to know about recycling Lush’s black pots.
Bamboo Toothbrush, The Humble Company
Toothbrushes were next on the agenda in my bid to become a more eco-friendly traveller. The Humble Brush is made from 100% biodegradable, sustainably-grown bamboo and once you’ve finished with it, will return to the soil within just 6 months in a compost bin. The nylon bristles can also be popped into your plastic recycling. You can purchase the brush, and other products from The Humble Company’s website but we have found it stocked in our local Superdrug so we tend to grab it from there!
Dental Floss, The White Teeth Box
This biodegradable dental floss from The White Teeth Company is one of my more recent favourites when it comes to eco-friendly travel products. The high street is a difficult place to find dental floss that doesn’t come in a plastic container. Knowing my struggle Dan gifted me this floss (along with the rest of their detox kit) and I love it. The product is vegan, eco-friendly, completely zero waste (the floss is biodegradable and it’s in a glass jar) and plastic-free. The added essential oils give the floss a lovely mint taste and it’s a pretty cheap floss alternative too, at just £4.49 for 30 metres. It’s super small so can fit neatly inside any bag to take on your travels.
There are a lot of eco-friendly razors on the market. And I’ve tried a few. But it wasn’t until I came across Grüum‘s razor, that I had found a reasonably priced, eco-friendly and non-aggravating one that works for me. Grüum is also the first UK brand to offer a razor recycling scheme. Simply return your cartridges back in batches of 16 (using one of their letterbox sized brown boxes, and they’ll recycle them for you. The Oska handle is created from a zinc alloy comes in a range of colours and costs between £20 and £25. There are two cartridges to choose from and these cost either £1.50 or £2.50 per razor cartridge. If you sign up to their subscription plan, you get the handle completely free. Plus a discount on razor cartridges and other items too! Choose your items, how frequent you want them to deliver and you’re done.
Canvas Tote Bags
I love a canvas tote bag. The more the better. And they’re a great eco-friendly item to take travelling with you, as they’ll stop you reaching for a plastic bag whilst away! They’re small and lightweight, can be folded up super small and you’ll be surprised to find how much you can actually stuff in them. I tend to use my tote bags for shopping, but they can also double up as a day bag, beach bag, laundry bag or toiletries bag. Just simply pop one in your backpack or pocket and away you go.
Reusable Coffee Cup, Lifeventure
This is actually one of the most recent eco-friendly travel products that I have come to own. I won a whole host of travel items from Lifeventure in January and this reusable coffee cup had me the most excited when I opened up my package! It keeps hot drinks hot for up to two hours and I plan to take this with me when heading abroad this year. Reusable coffee cups are great for reducing waste plus a number of stores (in the UK at least) will give you money off for using your own coffee cup, so all the more reason to get your own!
Reusable Drinking Bottle, S’well
It took me a little time to find a good quality reusable drinking bottle. But I finally settled on this S’well stainless steel drinking bottle. It’s large enough to keep me going during a day out or a long commute. The bottle also keeps liquids extremely cold or hot (depending on what you fill it with. And hey, it looks nice too! I’ve avoided using so many plastic bottles thanks to my reusable bottle. Let’s hope that in the future more water filling stations will become available in public places. As a side note, you would need to purchase a water filter bottle if you’re heading to a destination where tap water is not safe to drink.
Image Credit: Flickr/ Mark Pazolli
I bought our metal straws in Bali towards the end of our trip around South East Asia. And they’re definitely one of my favourite eco-friendly travel products. I will absolutely take these metal straws travelling with me again. The straws are super lightweight and so easy to slip into your bag ready for you to use.
And there you have it! Just a selection of my favourite eco-friendly travel products. Have you got a favourite eco-friendly travel product you could recommend? I’d love to learn more.
Until next time.
*NB* All items in this blog post have been purchased by me and are not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned. With the exception of the pictured S’well bottle (this item was gifted to me after I write the blog).