Sustainable travel essentials
Traveling can be hectic, especially packing all your essentials. Single-use plastic products have become abundant when it comes to traveling. But did you know that between 5 and 13 million tons of plastic is deposited into the oceans each year, polluting waterways and endangering wildlife?
Switching to reusable and sustainable travel products can save money as well as minimize your carbon footprint while traveling.
Here is our list of 10 sustainable travel essentials.
Reusable cleansing rounds
The global cosmetics industry is responsible for 120 billion units of packaging yearly. Public Goods creates products free of parabens, toxic chemicals, excess additives, and sulfates, including these reusable cleansing rounds you can use as an alternative to single-use cotton rounds.
Our choice: Public Goods
Refillable travel pouch
Buying travel-sized essentials while convenient can lead to additional plastic waste. Almost 91% of plastic waste is not recycled. To cut down on waste and save money, these reusable 3 oz travel containers easily fit into your bag and are customizable.
Our choice: Kitsch
Reusable toiletry containers
Keep your Cadence sources their plastic from beaches all over the world to create sustainable leak-proof containers. They can be used to store anything and everything essential for travel. These containers can be customized, labeled, and are magnetic, so they won’t leak.
Our choice: Cadence
Collapsible water bottle
Did you know that it takes up to 450 years for plastic water bottles to decompose and over 75% are not recycled? Traveling with a reusable water bottle is not only cost-effective and sustainable, but convenient. Mayim Bottle aims to put an end to single-use plastics, offering a wide selection of affordable bottles. Their collapsible bottle is easy to throw into your bag and refill as needed.
Our choice: Mayim Bottle
Silicone storage bags
Need to pack your favorite snack or toiletries? These silicone storage bags are ideal to pack travel items and are eco-friendly and durable alternatives to plastic storage bags.
Our choice: Grafton Collection
Reusable straws and cutlery
Americans use around 500 million drinking straws per day. The Clean Green Co sells essential goods made and sourced from sustainable bamboo. This cutlery set comes with a lightweight pouch to easily carry on the go. No matter where you are, you can avoid single-use, plastic cutlery and opt for your own instead.
Our choice: The Clean Green Co
Shampoo and conditioner bars
These shampoo and conditioner bars are made for all hair types and are completely plastic-free and zero waste. One bar replaces up to 2-3 plastic bottles! They’re also lightweight, TSA-friendly, and easy to travel with.
Our choice: Suds & Co
Plastic toothbrushes can take up to 500 years to decompose. Swap out your plastic toothbrush for an eco-friendly bamboo alternative.
Our pick: Brush with Bamboo
The average person disposes 415 cotton swabs annually. These cotton swabs are reusable and can last up to 1000 uses. Adding these cotton swabs to your travel bag can help you ditch single-use plastics.
Our choice: Last Swab
Solar power bank
A fully charged phone is essential when travelling. Particularly if you’re going on a hike or a long trek through a city. This solar power bank is not only affordable and effective, but it’s equipped with a compass and flashlight. It’s a more sustainable and versatile alternative to a portable battery pack.
Our choice: Blavor
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