It’s hard enough wondering how you can prevent greenhouse gas emissions, climate change effects, and plastic-clogged oceans in your daily lifestyle. Throw in travel and you wonder how you can keep up? It’s simple: flex your conscious consumer muscle with zero waste, eco-friendly travel products.
If you’re one to share a little gift or two with your travel buff loved ones or friends, do your part for the planet and share zero waste travel products. Here are 15 win/win eco-friendly travel products for you and yours that reduce the traveler’s carbon footprint and don’t break the bank.
15 Top Eco-Friendly Travel Products
1 – On the Go Collapsible Water Bottle & Filter
Bringing your own refillable, water bottle is bound to reduce your purchase of bottled water and using plastic cups on planes or trains, which will reduce your contribution to millions of tons of plastic waste Americans produce every year. Not to mention the money you’ll save on expensive airport bottled-water. Check out the Katadyn BeFree Collapsible Water Filter Bottle – 1.0L. BPA-free, lightweight, compact for tight spaces, easy to use and clean. Plus, it has a replacement filter system, great for off the beaten path traveling or camping. Bring it with you everywhere you go, not just traveling.
2 – Collapsible Cup for Hot & Cold Drinks (Set of 4)
For hot and cold drinks, BlueBeach has a Collapsible Cup/Portable Compact Travel Coffee Mug set perfect for any travel or commuting, near or far. Made from food-grade, BPA-free silicon, these come with a lid, are lightweight and fit in small bags. I like the little base it has to help from falling over when my plane experiences turbulence. Turbulence is bad enough without having to have your drink spill on you. This little cup is sure to catch the eye of the airline attendant. Show them you care about the environment and say, “No plastic cup for me. I brought my own.”
3 – Bamboo Utensil with Metal Straws (Set of 2)
Bring your own UPTRUST utensil set to avoid using plastic utensils in all locations (airports, airplane, hotel room or eating out). A full utensil set, it comes with two metal straws and a cleaner brush, all in a stylish sack. I even keep mine in my purse daily. You never know… As light as a feather and compact, I’ve noticed these are catching on around the world. Join the crowd and pack a set in your carry-on bag. Simply wash when you get to your hotel.
4 – Zero Waste Toiletry Bag
Since you need a toiletry bag for traveling, why not make yours unique, stylish, eco-friendly and socially-economic friendly? The handmade Serado Toiletry Bag is made from recycled materials, reducing impact on landfills, are waterproof, and supports local employment for family-run businesses in Cambodia. At this price, it’s a financial, social and environmental purchase win.
5 – Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars
Help the environment and save time in airport security lines with Ethique’s solid toiletry bars. Ethique’s mission to reduce plastic waste is evident in their Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo & Shaving Bar and Eco-Friendly Solid Conditioner Bar.
Equivalent to 3 bottles of shampoo and 5 bottles of conditioner, these are made only from vegan, sustainably-sourced compostable ingredients and packaging promoting zero waste. A pair of these are surely to last many travels and help you bypass the liquids security check, saving you time in the airport for sure.
6 – Plastic-Free Bamboo Razor
A great gift for him or her. Cut your use on disposable, plastic razors and opt for a Zomchí Double Edge Safety Eco-Razor. Made of metal and a bamboo handle, the this eco-friendly travel product holds reusable blades, cutting down on landfill trash. This razor will provide a lot more use than a throw-away razor.
7 – Bamboo Toothbrushes (Set of 4)
Move aside plastic toothbrush, the new eco-friendly toothbrush is here and it’s made of biodegradable and durable bamboo. The Isshah Eco-Friendly Natural Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush is one of many on the forefront of reducing toothbrush plastic and packaging waste. Buy a set for the whole family, travelers or not.
8 – 3-in-1 Facial Towelettes (3 Pack)
My personal favorite, Alba Botanica believes in the ethical treatment of animals and no product is animal-tested (as attested through their earned Leaping Bunny certification). These zero waste travel products are biodegradable, made of recycled materials, and use no microbeads.
Give the female traveler Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes for easy makeup removal, cleaning, and toning. No need for separate toiletry bottles, these babies save space in your bag and bypass the liquid check at airport security. Save on packaging and get the 30-count bag. She’s going to love them.
9 – Reusable Collapsible Bags (Set of 4)
What can I say? I love Chico Bags. Feather weight, compact, collapsible into its own bag, and a Carabiner Clip for easy attachment makes this little bag a perfect gift for anyone. You never know when you need one for local farmer’s market or vendor shopping. What if you need that extra carry-on bag for gifts from your trip? Get the set of four as gifts and keep one for yourself.
10 – Foreign Language Lessons
Give the gift of learning a foreign language to help the world traveler you know navigate his or her next trip. No packaging or wrapping required, it’s the zero waste travel product. Babbel offers online courses in 13 different languages and can be done on the go on their mobile app. Purchase any of one to twelve month courses, but a six month course is a great value. I’ve used their courses to brush up on my Spanish. Learning a language is a great way to improve any international travel experience and meet new friends.
11 – 2-in-1 iPhone Battery Case
Save the extra space and expense on an external iPhone charger and get it included in your iPhone case. The Ampr iPhone Battery Case is a wise, resource-reducing packaging idea. Excelling with large battery capacity, easy mobility, and full, 360° bumper protection, this iPhone case also provides overcharge, temperature, over-voltage, and overcurrent protections and more. It is also 100% approved and safe to be taken on the plane.
12 – Go Solar to Charge Devices
Stop using electricity, which produces greenhouse gases, to charge your devices while traveling. When you have a solar charger, like the BLAVOR Solar Power Bank, you are always in the ready and eco-friendly. It’s portable, compatible with multiple smartphone and tablet devices, and shock, splash and dust proof. Plus, it has a flashlight. I use this eco-friendly travel product on my travels and have not been let down yet.
13 – Hand-Washing Laundry Made Easy
Not just for camping, consider using this Scrubba Wash Bag in your hotel room for easy hand-washing. As I note how any traveler can eco-travel, many hotels’ laundry service may wash guests’ laundry separately, which is a huge waste of water. Being able to do light laundry in your bathroom saves water and time. It’s especially handy for budget travelers.
14 – Carbon-Offset Air Travel
If you are flying to your destination, or buying a ticket for someone else, purchase carbon offsetting. I note in all of my travel guides how carbon offsetting allows you to buy a certificate to reduce carbon emissions, a major contributor to climate change, which in turn contribute to community projects across countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Purchasing carbon offsets can be done through the airline or through a third party, like MyClimate.org, Carbonfund.org, or terrapass. It’s the eco-friendly travel product for more eco-friendly travel.
15 – Donate in the Traveler’s Name
If you know a traveler who values sustainability and travel, donate your dollars to a local, environmental conservation or social justice organization in your eco-traveler’s name. For a bigger donation impact, consider donating on Giving Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If you’re unsure on what organization to choose, the following are some environmental, social and travel group suggestions:
- World Wildlife Fund
- National Geographic
- Heifer International
- Doctors Without Borders
- Center for Responsible Travel (CREST)
Most organizations offer a tax deduction on gifts. Any donation amount helps.
Want another eco-friendly travel product idea?
Make the true eco-traveler and photography buff smile with a compact, reliable and travel-must Canon Powershot G7X Mark II camera. I have this camera and love it. It helps me practice the eco-travel principle of:
“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.” – Unknown
This camera fits in the palm of my hand. I also use it for underwater photography (underwater housing required and sold separately). I’ve taken beautiful pictures with this, as seen here on my blog. This little gift will receive big smiles.
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