As travelers, we have a responsibility to take care of our world, to leave it in at least the same condition we found it and to not further the damage. If being environmentally responsible is important to you when you travel, you should also look for travel products that are made of recycled or recyclable materials. The most important things to remember are avoiding items that will go to waste or end up in landfills like certain types of plastics and batteries. Here are our picks for the best eco-friendly travel products!
When it comes to finding eco-friendly travel clothing, look for those using natural fibers like hemp, organic cotton or bamboo. Brooke swears by the bamboo clothing, which feels like you’re wearing sheets. Yala Designs makes stylish travel clothing for women, also out of bamboo fabrics. And if you’re interested in clothing that has a low carbon footprint, check out Teeki yoga pants, which are made from recycled plastic bottles and come in funky patterns.
Toiletries and Sanitary Items
Once you need to wash your clothes, save water and electricity by hand washing and line drying them. This can also save you money! Just bring along a sink plug, detergent and a clothesline.
For your toiletries, purchase refillable bottles so you’re not constantly going through travel-sized varieties. GoToobs are BPA free and come with a lifetime warranty and Pitotubes are made of recyclable, shatterproof plastic.
In terms of toiletries, there are plenty of options for environmentally-friendly products. We’ve talked about Lush products here, including solid shampoo and perfume, that are made from organic fruits and vegetables, use as little packaging as possible, and never test on animals.
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Burt’s Bees is another company that makes sustainable products from beeswax and other natural ingredients. They sell their famous lip balms, as well as body washes, face cleansers and lotions. Tom’s of Maine makes natural toothpaste, deodorant and other oral hygiene products.
We’re also massive fans of Dr. Bronner’s products, specifically the Magic Soaps that can be used dozens of ways. The castile soaps are made using vegetable products instead of animal fats and are biodegradable. The organic products are made using sustainable farming practices, making your soaps and shampoos even more green. And of course, if you want so smell nice, try Aroamas solid perfumes, which are made using only coconut oil, beeswax and fragrance oil.
Recyclable and Reusable ItemsWe suggest always traveling with some sort of reusable bag for those shopping trips and transport of snacks on a long train ride, but if it’s made out of recycled materials, that’s even better. The Chico Bag RePETe line is made from recycled materials and fold down into less than half their size. Timbuk2 bags are made with environmentally sound materials and even recycle bags that you no longer use. The fabric and liner are also made from recycled PET plastic.
Traveling with a water bottle is another way to stay green, as you can refill instead of constantly purchasing water bottles and throwing them away. Bobble makes filtered water bottles that are both made from recycled materials and can be recycled. Kleen Kanteen is another company that produces eco-friendly water bottles.
And if you frequently drink coffee or other warm beverages when you travel, you might want to invest in a reusable coffee mug that you can bring to coffee shops when you take it to go. This keeps you from throwing away all those paper cups.
Chargers, Tech Gear and The Rest
Electronics have a notoriously low shelf life and therefore inevitably end up being tossed, but there are ways to avoid this. Try solar chargers, which can cost less than $50, for that extra juice when you don’t have access to an outlet.
Sleeping on flights is hard enough, so treat yourself to this bamboo eye mask and blanket set made by PB Travel. It’s silky soft and hypo-allergenic, lulling you off to sleep.
And when you start to record your travel experiences, write them down in a recycled travel journal from Ecosystem, which creates hard bound journals from recycled paper. You can choose your color, size and style.
>> Check out Ecosystem Journals on Amazon.