15 Unbelievable Eco Friendly Products to Take on Your Travels

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10 Environmentally Friendly Accessories to Help You Become Eco-Friendly While Traveling

It first started when we were on the beaches of Greece surrounded by tourists plastic waste seemed to be everywhere. Then we traveled to truly remote destinations like Mozambique and the Seychelles. 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.

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.

Why? Replacing simple items and products we use in our everyday lives can have a large impact.

 

Great Eco Friendly Products


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 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. The product has saved us during those random times when we desperately need a spoon or fork to eat! 

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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.

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Little Sun

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. Check here for the most up to date prices.

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The Scrubba

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.

Most importantly this eco friendly products uses less water than a commercial washing machine and no energy.

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Lifestraw Go

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. If you’re looking to go more in depth we detail our favorite water bottles.

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Collapsible Tupperware

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. 

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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.

If you have never tried a LUSH product, head into any of their stores. Their 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.

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Recyclable Bag

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!

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Wooden Sunglasses and Watches

I just recently found out about wooden and bamboo accessories, but I am now in love. I began looking a few months ago because I wanted sunglasses that weren’t completely made of plastic. What I found was a pair of amazing and durable sunglasses made out of natural wood hand made in San Fransico. There are many different types of wood and bamboo sunglasses out there, but Treehut is my favorite since their products really speak quality. We were so happy with the sunglasses we went ahead and converted to wood watches too and have never looked back!

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Earth Friendly Q-Tips

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 eco friendly Q-tips when traveling and at home. 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!

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Bamboo Toothbrush

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 eco friendly products not only for traveling but for everyday life in general.

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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 perfect 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 my awhile to invest in one of these bad boys, but now my camping/outdoor/adventure life has never been the same!

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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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