Sustainability is a bit of a “buzz word” these days and many companies seem to be adopting it into their mission statements. But what exactly is “sustainability?” In short, it is avoiding harm to the environment and the depletion of its natural resources and supporting long-term ecological balance. If you’re like me and love nature and the beautiful world we live in, you probably have an interest in protecting our little blue planet, too!
Sadly, with the expansion of commercialism in the modern world, most corporations have chosen to put profit over sustainability and our environment has suffered because of it. But the good news is that we get to be a part of the change by living a different way – simply by choosing to purchase products that are free of harmful chemicals, are recyclable, and reusable 🙂 There are so many products out there these days that are helping people do this, and a few that are especially handy for frequent travelers like us!
There are so many products I could mention, but there are a few that I’ve found to be the most useful and helpful.
So let’s get to it – here are my top 5 favorite sustainable travel products!
1. Reusable Water Bottle
One of the absolute best ways you can be more sustainable in your travels and in your just in your daily life is by switching to a reusable water bottle! There are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in our oceans and over 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually by plastic waste. Not only are you saving the planet, but you’re saving money on water bottles, too 😉
I personally use the Camelbak All Clear Purification Bottle that I got on Amazon for $70. This thing comes in major handy when I travel to countries where tap water is not safe to drink or when I’m hiking and want to fill up my bottle from a stream. But if you’re not worried about purification and want something more affordable, you can pick up a regular Camelbak bottle for $14, or any one you find 🙂
2. Reusable Utensils
Another product I started using about a year ago is this reusable utensil set by To-Go Wear. This bamboo utensil set comes with a fork, knife, spoon, and a pair of chopsticks and is in a cute travel case you can clip to your bag. Not only are you avoiding the plastic utensils any fast food restaurant would provide, you’ll always have a set with you to use when you cook meals wherever you’re staying or while camping.
3. Eco-Friendly Bath Products
Every time we run out of one of our bath or beauty products, we just go to the store and buy a new one and are constantly throwing out plastic containers. But I recently discovered Plaine Products, a company that reduces waste by using reusable bottles and will refill your empty bottles when you’re done with them. Not only that, but their ingredients are all natural, chemical-free, cruelty-free, and vegan 🙂
4. Toothpaste Tabs
I know what you’re thinking, what on earth are “toothpaste tabs”? I get it – I was skeptical at first, too. I discovered the magic of toothpaste tabs while browsing my local Lush store about a year ago. If you haven’t heard of Lush, they’re an awesome company that makes handmade bath and beauty products that are 100% vegetarian, cruelty-free, and use naked packaging to reduce waste. Not only that, but their products are beautiful and smell so yummy! These toothpaste tabs are a great way to avoid the plastic waste of toothpaste tubes, but they also have plenty of other eco-friendly products to choose from such as their shampoo bars (which I’m equally obsessed with).
5. Mineral Sunscreen
Last but not least, one product we all use (or should be) is sunscreen – but unfortunately the majority of sunscreens on the market contain harmful chemicals that are killing coral reefs as a result of what scientists call “coral bleaching“. Thankfully many companies are taking a stand on this and switching to chemical-free alternatives, such as mineral sunscreen. Alba Botanica is one company that offers a chemical-free, reef-safe product that doesn’t test on animals and contains no parabens or synthetic fragrances and you can pick it up for $11 on Amazon.
This is just my personal top 5 list, but I’d love to hear some of your favorites! Let me know the eco-friendly companies, products, and practices you love for travel in the comments and on social media!