Sustainability should be an important factor in every aspect of day-to-day life, but especially when it comes to travel. This wonderful pastime enriches the mind when new countries are explored, and new cultures are discovered but unfortunately can result in a truly negative impact on the world. Air travel currently contributes to roughly 3% of greenhouse gas emissions, and this is most likely set to rise in the coming years. Whilst opting to pay extra to offset your carbon footprint when flying is an admirable way to start, there are many other ways to help minimize your impact on the world when heading off on your next big adventure.
It’s great that consumers are taking more time to consider the impact of the products they buy, and companies are making more effort to have eco-friendly alternatives readily available. Travel with a clearer conscience by stocking up on environmentally friendly products beforehand. Most will be cleverly designed into compact travel-friendly cases and will last a lot longer than disposable single-use items. There are plenty of websites with great products on offer, here are a few favorites to check out:
Where to find sustainable travel items
Great for eco-friendly toiletries such as razors, skincare, and toothbrushes, Biome believes that small individual actions and voting with your money are the keys to saving the planet. They pride themselves on being truly cruelty-free, and their whole store is free from palm oil.
Owner Beth is on a mission to eliminate plastic once and for all and offers plenty of plastic free travel alternatives. Unlike many sustainable products, this website is great value for money and offers international shipping options.
Little Eco Shop
The perfect place to find products for when you’re on the move, Little Eco Shop supplies recycled and reusable items that are perfect to have to hand when you’re traveling. Favorites include the travel cutlery set and sandwich wraps.
Flora & Fauna
100% vegan, ethical and cruelty-free, Flora, and Fauna source the best ethical products from Australia and around the world. Offering over 5000 products and 200 brands, there is a brilliant variety to choose from.
Although a large percentage of sustainable products can be sourced from small independent shops, many of these websites use multi channel ecommerce platforms, meaning that their products can be found on larger market places. Be sure to spend some time sourcing items before you buy; the alternatives will be available to purchase. The accessibility of eco-friendly items is vital in getting individuals to make a change. Making it possible to buy your items online will avoid relying on a brick and mortar store, saving running costs considerably.
Before you set off on your travels, write a checklist of items you need to pack and designate a budget for any sustainable products you want to add. Consider adding the items below:
- Reusable plastic free water bottle
- Bamboo cutlery set
- Shampoo and body soap bars instead of bottles
- Zero waste deodorant
- Reusable Straws
- Beeswax Wraps
- Compostable hairbands
- Metal safety razors
Start your eco-friendly journey today and enjoy being a conscious consumer.
Author: This is a guest post by Steve Conway, a techie by profession and a passionate traveler who loves to soak up the sun, swim in azure waters and explore far-off destinations that hold the promise of great adventure.