Here are our recommendations for eco friendly travel products and how to make your travel more sustainable.
We’ve blogged before about how to be a more responsible traveler (we define responsible travel by the actions you take while on the road) and more sustainable travel (looking at longer term implications of your travel) and this post in many ways is a combination of both posts.
It gives you some easy to action ways to make your travel more sustainable by using some different products that reduce the impact on the environment while you are on the road.
Like sustainable or ethical travel, we struggle a bit that some of these eco friendly travel products come with a higher price tag than the “normal” variety of items.
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Solar Powered Or Wind Up Torches/Flashlights
This is a no-brainer. Batteries cost money; and so if you invest in a solar powered torch you are not only helping the environment but you are helping the planet.
Solar Power Battery Charging Set
If you are going to be carrying extra battery packs then look at a solar powered battery charging set.
Take Your Own Water Bottle And Refill
Or better still – filter your own water while on the road. There are a plethora of water filters on the road, we’ve used a hand pump (time consuming) and sterilizing tablets (unpalatable) but haven’t tried the Steripen type purifiers.
Refillable Coffee Cup
If you are a coffee lover you probably already have your own refillable coffee cup – but will you take it on holiday? We have on the last few holidays and it feels GREAT!
Pack some carry bags to avoid getting plastic bags at the shop. However, if you are like us, we usually wrapped wet clothes/ swimwear in these bags so you would need to make an additional purchase of a ‘wet bag’ to pack the wet bathers!
Every single day, 500 million straws are used in the United States alone. Cutting out your plastic straw use is a simple way to drastically reduce the amount of plastic that you use personally.
Sunscreen that isn’t going to damage the reef and is chemical free for little ones is a big one for us. Think about all the tourists swimming on coral reefs, innocently shedding the toxins found in sunscreen and the impact on the coral. Choosing a non-toxic sunscreen is vital for water based holidays.
Other Eco Friendly Travel Products
After several years experimenting with chemical free products (and often paying a premium for the privilege) we have ended up buying all of our home products (think shampoo and conditioner through to dishwashing liquid) in bulk from a local ‘eco house’. We take along our glass bottles and fill them up and can then decant later. In the case of travel, we can’t go glass but decant into small plastics. We haven’t used GoToob but this brand sounds ace!
By no means we advocate buying new clothes or other travel items for the sake of switching too eco friendly travel products. However, if they are genuinely worn out and need replacing think eco or ethical.
Allow some time to do this, and consider looking for sustainable, eco friendly or ethical companies – from luggage sets, to laptop carriers, to umbrellas, there are a plethora of different types of products on the market. When you begin researching, the ‘eco’ products are likely to be more expensive, and as you read their credentials I’ve always felt a tad befuddled? Are they the real deal? Do they really do what they say they do? Will your extra cash really be spent in an effective manner? I can’t answer any of those questions, but allow a bit of extra time to do your research – and make a purchase that supports the future of the planet.
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