As tourists and travellers, we have a unique responsibility. Travel is, by its very nature, very unsustainable, and so, being an eco-friendly traveller is the need of the hour. And to do this, we all need to stock up on some essential eco-friendly travel products.
Over the years, the impact of travel impact on the environment has gradually increased, as the number of tourists has also risen; the mess they leave behind has also increased. How can we be better? One of the easiest ways to reduce the negative impact of travel is by travelling in an eco-friendly way.
Here’s A List Of Best Eco-friendly Travel Products That Will Benefit You, As Well As The Planet
1Bamboo Toothbrushes (And Cases)
Millions of plastic toothbrushes are discarded every year, polluting the environment. Switch these with bamboo toothbrushes which are not the only kind to the environment but also more compact than your at-home chunky electric/plastic model. Other than the bamboo’s 100% bio gradable nature, the bristles of the brush are infused with charcoal for natural teeth whitening, making it a must for your eco-friendly travelling kit. Now to carry your toothbrush, you can also get a bamboo case which is naturally antibacterial and sturdy-so that the brush doesn’t just fall in a hurry.
2Make-up Removing Cloth
While we are taking steps to be more eco-friendly, we don’t mean we can ignore the most basic rule of makeup: makeup removal. While travelling, that last thing you’d want to think about when removing your make up before bed is the environmental impact. Pick reusable makeup remover pad which is clean and effortless to use. Made from bamboo fibres and cotton, these pads are really effective at removing all their makeup while still feeling really soft on the skin.
3Bar Soap & Bar Shampoo
Whether you are on a wildlife camp, on a trek or a luxury vacation, make sure that you ditch your shampoo bottle and chemical soup. The shampoo or soaps in bar form are greener, cheaper, and much more travel-friendly. Cruelty-free, natural bars of shampoo and soaps will be easy to carry and will let you bathe guilt-free, no matter where you are.
Be kind to the environment with eco-friendly shaving: get re-usable razors which are plastic-free and way more effective than disposable razors.
5Organic Sunscreen That Is Ocean-Friendly
While protecting your skin can be a high priority while travelling, know that sunscreens also contain tons of chemicals that harm the delicate coral and marine life. Certain chemicals that have been identified as being particularly dangerous to our ecosystems are oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, octyl salicylate, avobenzone and homosalate. So, pick biodegradable sunscreens which are free from the aforementioned chemicals and therefore are safe for the environment.
For those of us who get periods, using a menstrual cup can be super advantageous. You don’t need to change it or dispose of it as frequently as you change a pad or tampon. All you have to do is empty it, wash it and use it again. This is perfect for travelling, as you might not find washrooms everywhere.
7Cloth Sanitary Pads
If menstrual cups aren’t your cup of tea (!) why not try reusable cloth sanitary pads? An eco-friendly alternative, reusable sanitary pads can be used just like disposable pads (except for the disposable part). You can just wash and reuse them.
Always pack a reusable water bottle when you travel. That way, you won’t create lots of (totally avoidable) plastic waste, but can still stay hydrated wherever you go, especially in countries where you can’t drink the tap water. Get a lightweight flexible water bottle (that rolls up when it’s not in use) that will take up much less space in your pack.
9Solar Lamps Or Solar Lanterns
If you are planning on camping, trekking or hiking, it’s best to carry torches or lamps. But as one cannot find charging sockets in the wild, it’s best to use light-weight solar-powered lamps. Using the ever so sustainable- sun, it can be used quite easily and regularly too!
Solar Mobile Chargers are ideal for travelling as they offer reliability for long-term trips, and allow you to continuously charge your smartphone. They’re also small in size and have lightweight designs for optimum performance outdoors. So this hassle-free eco-friendly product would just require a few hours in the sun to power your devices along.
We know how plastic straws are one of the top waste products that are being dumped in the ocean. This wasteful plastic product is just used for 15 minutes and is also the reason behind the deaths of aquatic animals. So to do your bit, start with reusable straws that come in different types of eco-friendly materials such as Bamboo, silicone or stainless steel, and don’t SUCK for the environment as well.
12Travel Cutlery Set
Being self-sufficient will help you travel in an eco-friendly way. Carry your own cutlery on your travels, so you need not ask for a plastic spoon, fork (just like a straw)! You can pick the kind of your cutlery set according to affordability, durability and convenience.
During your one of the many stops on the trip, you’d sure want some form of entertainment to while away the hours. And if you are planning on reading, cut down on your paper usage and baggage weight by opting for Kindle.
What other eco-friendly travel products do you recommend? Or, what will be your first eco-friendly buy? Tell us in the comments below!