I went for a walk on the beaches of Crete the other day collecting pebbles and watching the waves carry vacationers to and fro. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw an all too familiar sand dweller. A plastic water bottle. I walked over to it annoyed that no one else had bothered to pick it up and even more annoyed that some human just left it there. I pick it up, curse the human race just a bit, and go to the trash can. I continue my walk and see another water bottle, a plastic straw, a plastic bag, a plastic sand castle builder. Before I know it, my pebble collection looks abysmal compared to my plastic collection. Now maybe someone did throw this stuff away and the wind took it for a ride, or maybe a sailor left his Gatorade outside and it just blew away only to be washed up on a beautiful beach two months later. We are all guilty of littering at some point, even if not intentionally. However, we don’t have to stand by and let the world go to crap, there are measures we can take to become eco-friendly travelers! Read on for a great list of eco friendly products to help you go green on your travels.
The Ultimate List of Eco Friendly Products for Your Travels
RePEaT Reusable Bamboo Utensil
Plastic utensils are not only terrible for the environment, but they are terrible for you too! Did you know that only 6% of all plastic can be recycled in the US? That’s a terrible number, and I feel that if more people knew that, they would severely cut back on their plastic consumption and strive to become more eco-friendly. On top of that, most plastic silverware is made with BPA, a chemical that is absolutely terrible for your health (scientists have found links to cancer). The first step towards more eco-friendly travel is with reusable utensils. That’s why we were so excited when we found the To-Go Ware RePEaT Reusable Bamboo Utensil! This silverware is heat resistant, small, and lightweight making it the perfect environmentally friendly travel accessory. The product has saved us during those random times when we desperately need a spoon or fork to eat!
Bamboo Drinking Straw
I once saw this video and practically broke down in tears. Marine life everywhere is threatened because of our plastic consumption. For some reason every bartender, barista, and restaurant think that we need a plastic straw for our drinks. The reality is that we use these little things once and then they go right into the landfill. That’s where these bamboo drinking straws can come to the rescue. They are reusable and look cute in any drink. They are also hand crafted by artisans in Bali using rare Bali mountain bamboo. Bonus! Drink in style while knowing you are supporting a small business.
We love our Little Sun! We just got it a week ago and have already had to use it a number of times when we were low on light. This cute little device is a solar powered lamp. It can be used on a table, hung around your neck, or attached to a bicycle. Five hours of sunlight will yield five hours of bright illumination. European readers can find the product on WaterNLife. Non-Europeans can check here for the most up to date prices.
Washing your clothes while traveling is never fun. That’s why we were super pumped to get the Scrubba. A tiny and lightweight mobile laundry machine. Just put your dirty clothes in the bag, add water and soap, seal and scrub away. Now you can literally wash your clothes anywhere there is water. The best part? The Scrubba only uses 3-6 liters per wash. The Scrubba boasts one of the highest price tags on this list, which may make you wonder “Is being eco-friendly expensive?” Although, the Scrubba retails for just around $50, think about how much money washing your clothes can cost in a hostel, hotel, or laundromat. We usually pay about $5 per load. So you will easily make your money back after just 10 loads of wash.
We have raved about our Lifestraw Go’s in past posts and for good reason! This water bottle is extremely durable, BPA free, and lets us fill up in anywhere in the world because of the filter inside. The filter inside lasts for 1000 liters and will filter out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa. For each Lifestraw Go that is purchased Lifestraw provides one child in a developing nation with safe drinking water for a year. I can’t even count the amount of money and plastic bottles we have saved because of this bottle. Purchasing a reusable water bottle has to be one of the easiest ways to become eco-friendly.
Instead of always getting take food in styrofoam or plastic container. Opt for some Prepworks Tupperware containers. These things pack up nice and small and really come in handy for long travel days when you don’t have easy access to food. These collapsible food storage containers are BPA-free, lead, and phthalates free as well.
Reusable Snack Bags
You know where you can find those little Ziploc bags to put your lunch time sandwiches in outside of the US? Nowhere. Trust me they are quite impossible to find abroad. Reusable snack bags come in incredibly handy when traveling. These little snack bags are Lead-free, PVC free, BPA free, phthalates free, and vinyl free. Score!
GoToob Travel Bottle
Don’t lug around a full sized body wash container, put liquids in little travel bottles instead! GoToob bottles are made with durable silicon that are food safe and airplane carry-on approved. Of course, they are 100% BPA free.
Organic Bamboo Compressed Towels
You never knew when you will need to dry off. These things have come in so useful while traveling in Africa, when rainstorms are a bit…unpredictable. These towels may look tiny, but they actually open up to a 12″ x 20″ unscented towel when dampened. I have really sensitive skin, so I cringe when I get a hard towel. Thankfully, these bamboo towels are ultra soft and are natural and compostable.
Lush Solid Shampoo and Conditioner
We love Lush products! They make the most perfect environmentally friendly bathroom accessories. Just walking into their store gives us happy vibes for days to come. Lush uses fair trade, natural and all organic ingredients with no packaging on their products. Have never tried a Lush product? Just head into any of their stores and the staff will be happy to explain everything and will even send you on your way with free samples. Lush solid shampoo and conditioner bars are small and can last for months (depending on your conditioner needs), which is exactly what we need when traveling.
In today’s day and age, I feel like this is kind of a duh product. If you could help reduce waste on the planet by simply bringing your own bag to the grocery store would you? Of course! These bags are cute, reusable, and pack up nicely! These aren’t just good for being eco-friendly at home either, but for traveling with just about anything in general!
The human race has to decide what kind of world we want to live in and change our ways when we are able. What do you think of this list of eco friendly products for traveling?
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