It started while on the beaches of Greece surrounded by plastic waste. Then we traveled to truly remote destinations like Mozambique and Seychelles; however, the plastic followed us. While the tourists may have remained in Greece the plastic waste followed us.
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 environmentally friendly travelers! Read on for a great list of eco-friendly products to help you go green on your travels. Most of these products are here to help reduce your waste and make simple purchase decisions.
What is the importance of Eco-Friendly products?
We’re destroying the earth and it’s something that can be prevented. We can all take small steps toward reducing our environmental footprint. Even as travelers we use a plethora of eco-friendly products that can make a huge difference. When it comes to taking green initiatives a great place to start is to reduce waste. It is said that by 2050 the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish in the ocean – that statistic is shocking. We all need to replace simple items we use in our everyday lives with environmentally friendly products to have a large impact.
Great Eco-Friendly Products
Reusable Bamboo Utensil
Starting off this list of eco-friendly products is my favorite reusable bamboo utensils. 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 an awful number, and I feel that if more people knew that, they would 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 sustainable lifestyles and 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. These eco friendly utensils has saved us during those random times when we desperately need a spoon or fork to eat!
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. The GoToob is made by HumanGear who make a wide range of reusable products. We love their eco friendly product line for things like their FlexiBowl, GoBites, and GoTubbs. It’s all gear made to be reusable thus eliminating one use plastic products. It’s simple switches like this that can make a big impact on your enviromental footprint.
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 thinks 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 – talk about a cool eco-friendly product!
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.
MPOWERD Luci Outdoor Solar Lantern
We love our to travel with a solar-powered lamp! 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 little device is a solar-powered lamp and is a completely environmentally safe product.
It can be used on a table, hung around your neck, or attached to a bicycle. Five hours of sunlight will yield seven hours of bright illumination, and 24 hours of low illumination.
I love traveling with my Aurorae mat for yoga sessions when I travel. They are my absolute favorite eco friendly yoga mat. All their mats are made from a non-toxic resin free from Phthalates, Phenols, PAHS, Latex, Rubber and Silicon. On top of that, they are biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and made from eco-safe patented PER. These yoga mats are ¼” thick so definitely not as small or compact as the Manduka. That’s why I say it’s my favorite for actual class where I will spend an hour or more on the mat and want something comfortable. Make sure to pair any yoga mat with a travel bag so it doesn’t get dirty from all the movement.
Washing your clothes while traveling is never fun. That’s why we were super pumped to get the Scrubba. Which is 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. Most importantly this eco-friendly product uses less water than a commercial washing machine and no energy.
Sole Beach Flops
We live in flip flops, so when we found the Sole sandal we were instantly hooked. Sole sandals are lightweight beach flip flops with a footbed made out of 100% recycled cork and metatarsal support pad. They are water friendly, anti-odor, and after a few wears will mold to your foot. They look stylish, but also the design of them gives someone with bad feet (ie me) arch support.
The best part about Sole sandals? The packaging they were delivered to us in contained zero plastic. In the summer these eco-friendly products that are used in daily life.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile you know we have a deep love for Africa. Recently, when I lost my face wash in expensive Las Vegas I got on Amazon to find something with coconut oil for my skin (my secret ingredient). What I found was even better. Alaffia is a skin care company right from Togo in West Africa. Their products are made out of all natural ethically traded ingredients.
It doesn’t end there though. Alaffia empowers and employs women from rural Togo and pays them a real and fair wage and run a number of empowerment projects. This includes reforestation projects, education projects, maternal care projects, and FMG (female genital mutilation) projects. In case you needed another reason to buy from them, they’ve also planted more than 60,000 trees since 2003.
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 earth friendly. If you’re looking to go more in-depth we detail our favorite water bottles.
Instead of always getting take away 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 among some of the best eco friendly products as they 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!
Recycled Yoga Pants
I never forget to bring clothes that are good to workout in when I travel. I always travel with yoga pants, sports bras, and breathable tank tops. One of my favorite brands to buy yoga pants from is Yoga Democracy. Yoga Democracy carries yoga pants that have fun designs, yet they are still extremely durable. All their gear is made from recycled nylon from material like fishing net that damages our oceans.
It’s estimated that there over 600,000 tonnes of this fishing net litter is going into our oceans, so wearing Yoga Democracy is choosing to fight against that. They are eco-friendly, USA made, and sweatshop free! Use the code TWP20 for 20% off your purchase. To provide an update to this post we recently found out that polyester clothes are often credited for micro-plastics in the ocean. This hasn’t been totally confirmed, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind when purchasing products.
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 stiff towel. Thankfully, these bamboo towels are ultra soft and are natural and compostable.
J.R. Liggett’s Solid Shampoo
We love eco-friendly products! They make the most perfect environmentally friendly bathroom accessories. Just walking into their store gives us happy vibes for days to come. They use natural and organic ingredients with no packaging on their products. They are 100% vegan and biodegradable. We love dry shampoo and find that with care it lasts much longer than traditional shampoo made from chemicals. Since, they’re biodegradable and lightweight they’d be perfect for camping!
Reusable Grocery Bag Set
In today’s day and age, I feel like this is kind of a duh eco-friendly 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!
Some may say Q tips are bad for you, but personally, I can’t go one day without cleaning out my ears. I try to opt for organic Q-tips when traveling and at home and they always are at the top of my environmentally friendly products list. Not only are they good for the environment, but they are also sturdier and better quality than your typical ear swap. These particular cotton swabs are disposable, biodegradable, organic, and all natural bamboo!
These toothbrushes are the best (seriously, check the reviews!). These bamboo toothbrushes are recyclable along with all their packaging. The bamboo ensures they are just as strong as plastic toothbrushes and at about $3 a toothbrush they are about the same price as your conventional toothbrush. So why not buy these and help the environment? Even the bristles are BPA free so you won’t have to stick all those toxins in your mouth!
These are one of my favorite environmentally safe products not only for traveling but for everyday life in general.
Solar Phone Charger
With this waterproof and dustproof solar panel charger, you will be able to stay charged and save energy at the same time. This was the perfect earth friendly product for our year long road trip across Africa. When you’re camping or out in the wilderness as I’m sure you are aware, there are no outlets.
This solar phone charger can handle charging my phone at least three times before I have to throw it in the sun again. Sometimes we even use it to charge two phones at once! It took me awhile to invest in one of these bad boys, but now my camping/outdoor/adventure life has never been the same!
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 products for traveling?