Eco-friendly travel is something 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. But there is still a way to go! These are just a few small changes I have made and some of my favourite eco-friendly travel products.
Shampoo Bars & Recyclable Conditioner Pots, Lush
Shampoo bars were the first investment I made in becoming a more eco-friendly traveller and are absolutely one of my favourite Eco-friendly travel products. 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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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. I just hope that more filling stations will become available in public places. As a side note though, you would need to purchase a water filter bottle if you’re heading to a destination where tap water is not safe to drink.
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).