Slippers for car tires and suitcases made of wood fiber: the 20 best environmentally friendly travel products
More and more brands are making sustainably produced travel supplies – and that is a welcome trend.
From luggage, sunglasses and swimwear made with recycled fishing nets or plastic bottles to reef-friendly sunscreen, mosquito repellent and car tire slippers – we have compiled a guide for the best environmentally-friendly holiday accessories.
Below we show that you can have a trendy travel set and a clear conscience …
Karün sunglasses are made with recycled ocean waste such as old fishing nets
Karün is a brand that converts waste into opportunities. The sunglasses are made from recycled fishing nets collected by the local community in Chilean Patagonia.
Colorful frames are combined with official Zeiss lenses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, making them an excellent choice for any sunny escape.
The sunglasses are available in a wide range of styles and colors. Price: £ 141 (karunworld.com).
Discarded car tires were used to make the soles of Indosole slippers – making them very durable
More than a billion car and truck tires are thrown away every year – and they cause huge problems. They leach out toxins and become breeding centers for mosquitoes.
Indosole helps to reduce stocks by reusing old tires in sustainable flip-flop soles.
The pair shown here is made entirely from recycled materials, including rubber from old tires, and without adhesives or harmful chemicals. Price: £ 30 (brotherswestand.com).
Riz swimming trunks
Riz swimming trunks are made with recycled plastic bottles. Pictured – the seaweed denim Blythe shorts
Riz’s swimsuit is made with plastic bottles and digitally printed with environmentally friendly inks.
Buy a pair – such as the stylish Seaweed Denim Blythe Shorts pictured here – and you’ll definitely stand out on the beach.
Moreover, with the ‘Rizcycle’ scheme you can return your old shorts in exchange for a discount on your next pair. Price: £ 110 (bombinate.com).
Davy J swimsuit
The British brand Davy J uses nylon made from recycled fishing nets to produce ethically made swimwear
Stylish designs made with 100 percent recycled nylon – that is the concept for swimwear from the British brand Davy J.
Durable enough to handle cliff jumps, waterfalls and diving, this is swimwear designed for active swimmers – but still beautiful enough to pose by the pool.
Customers are encouraged to return their worn-out Davy J swimsuits for recycling. The cut-out suit is shown. Price: £ 140 (davyj.org).
Nomadix beach towel
A Nomadix beach towel is perfect when you need to pack light – and because it is made from recycled plastic, you also contribute to the environment
Nomadix beach towels are made with recycled plastic bottles and are just as environmentally friendly as they come.
They are also ultra-soft, super-absorbent, quick-drying, non-slip and durable, says Nomadix, making them ideal for the beach, camping or a spot by the pool yoga.
The A-Frame Blue is shown. Price: $ 39.95 / £ 30 (nomadix.co).
Squireme glass water bottle
Never leave the house without a refillable water bottle, such as this blue one from Squireme
To Avoid buying plastic water bottles, wearing a refillable bottle is an absolute must.
For the purest taste, glass is the best – and we love Squireme’s collection of 500 ml bottles in colorful silicone sleeves.
The bottles are handmade from high-quality, strong and light borosilicate glass with a BPA-free, phthalate-free silicone sleeve and are available in a wide range of colors. Price: £ 25 (selfridges.com).
Refuse plastic in your cocktail by the pool and use these environmentally-friendly bamboo straws instead
IIf you have watched the documentary Blue Planet II by David Attenborough, you remember the images of a marine biologist who removes a plastic straw from the nose of a sea turtle.
Refuse plastic in your cocktail by the pool and use these all-natural, washable and biodegradable bamboo straws instead.
The British company EcoStrawz sells them in different sizes. Price: £ 3.99 for a package of four (ecostrawz.co.uk).
Light My Fire picnic set
This Light My Fire picnic kit is an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional Tupperware
It may look like plastic, but this Eat and Drink family picnic kit produced in Sweden is made with a biobased material made from wood fiber waste, sugar cane and GMO-free corn.
An environmentally friendly alternative to conventional Tupperware and just as colorful, ideal for excursions in the forest or days at the beach.
The kit contains four stackable plates, four sporks, four cups and a harness and is 100% BPA-free, microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe. Price: £ 39.95 (nordicoutdoor.co.uk).
Suntribe’s tinted sunscreen SPF 30 is coral-safe and a must in your travel bag
The Marine Conservation Society warns that certain chemicals that are often found in sunscreen can harm marine life.
Therefore choose water-resistant, reef-safe and biodegradable awning made from certified all-natural and organic ingredients to ensure that you do not harm the environment.
Suntribe’s tinted face and sport Natural Sunscreen SPF30 is a great choice and is packed in a fully recyclable and reusable tin. Price: £ 12.99 (bekindbeauty.co.uk).
Opulent shampoo pen is a smart way to save on plastic – and also smell great
Exchanging ordinary shampoo full of aggressive chemicals in favor of a solid bar made with completely organic ingredients is a no-brainer.
They are easy to use and friendly to your hair and the environment.
They make it opulent in every color and smell imaginable – we love Seanik, made with seaweed, sea salt and lemon. Price: £ 8 (uk.lush.com).
Opulent cork pot
This modest cork pot not only keeps your shampoos dry, but even fights climate change
The best way to preserve your shampoos so that they stay dry and lasts longer is in a cork pot, a carbon-positive packaging that is 100 percent reusable and biodegradable.
Cork is a natural product made from the inner layer of the bark of the cork oak and is naturally antibacterial and water-resistant.
The cork tree also helps reduce the effects of climate change – each of Lush’s cork pots removes more than 33 times its weight in carbon dioxide and supports re-wilting projects in Portugal. Price: £ 7.50 (uk.lush.com).
Bamboo toothbrush & travel case
Smiles better for the environment: Acala’s bamboo toothbrush and case with sustainable origins
The vast majority of toothbrushes are made from plastic that cannot be recycled, so they end up in landfills, waterways and oceans.
A great alternative is this biodegradable bamboo toothbrush and toothbrush set made from 100 percent FSC-certified sustainably grown bamboo.
Ventilation holes prevent mold. Price: £ 9.99 (acalaonline.com).
Insect repellent made with aloe vera gel infused with khaki forest oil is a great choice when traveling to tropical climates
Deet spray is very chemical and can be harmful to both humans and our planet.
Flawless Natural Insect Repellent Gel is an aloe-based gel that combines insect-resistant khaki oil with citronella, geranium and lemon eucalyptus – a combination that not only keeps the mozzies at bay, but also smells refreshing.
It is packaged in a recycled glass jar with a recycled aluminum screw lid. Price: £ 5.95 for 60 ml (wearthlondon.com).
Natural deodorant is more friendly to both your skin and the environment because it contains no toxins
Handmade in Bristol with natural ingredients such as organic coconut oil, shea butter and candelilla wax instead of aluminum. Your Nature Natural Deodorant Stick comes in five unisex scents, including lemongrass and tea tree.
It does not clog your pores with toxins and does not flush them down the drain while showering.
Of course it is sold in plastic-free packaging. Price: £ 7.95 for 70 ml (wearthlondon.com).
Reusable bamboo cleaning set
Reusable makeup pads are a must – and this handy set is perfect when traveling
As every eco-warrior who is worth his salt knows, normal facial wipes or baby wipes are a no-no because they are not biodegradable.
Instead, wash your makeup with reusable bamboo pads. This handy travel set contains a linen bag with a set of six reusable bamboo make-up pads and a soft bamboo washcloth, ideal for daily cleaning or on the move.
The zero-waste kit is handmade in Cornwall from high-quality linen and sustainably produced bamboo and is designed to be reused. Price: £ 24 (wearthlondon.com).
OneNine5 laundry bag
The sustainable toilet bag from Onenine5 is available in blue, gray and pink and fits in all your travel-sized toiletries
The toilet bag from OneNine5 is designed and made with a lining made from 100% recycled plastic and is the best toilet bag we’ve seen so far.
It contains a reusable and removable transparent fluid bag that passes through airport security – meaning you don’t have to transfer all of your fluids to a thin, single-use plastic bag. And it is large enough to store all your bathroom amenities.
Available in blue, gray and pink. Price: £ 49 (onenine5.com).
Refillable bottles from OneNine5
The 65 ml refillable silicone bottles from Onenine5 are useful for taking your favorite bath products on holiday
Make sure you also buy a pack of Onenine5’s 65 ml silicone travel bottles, so that you can take your shower gel and body lotion – with a clear conscience.
The compressible material makes them easy to fill, use and wash.
Price: £ 9.50 for a package of three (onenine5.com).
Groundtruth is a British brand that is run by three sisters. Their distinctive backpack has been tested in extreme environments
This ultra-practical backpack is made from 100 percent recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic.
Made by Groundtruth, a British brand run by three sisters, it has a capacity of 24 liters, so there is room for all your necessities – and it even has an integrated compartment for a bottle of one liter of water.
In addition, it is put to the test in Norway and Antarctica by polar explorer Rob Swan. Price: £ 283 (groundtruth.global).
United by Blue holdall
A handy option for weekends away is this handy bag sold by United by Blue
There is plenty of room for your weekend outfits in this 55-liter Arc Duffle made from 100% recycled polyester.
We especially like the water-repellent finish and vegetable-tanned leather details, which upgrade a sports bag.
Price: $ 75 / £ 58 (unitedbyblue.com).
Samsonite S’cure Eco case
The Samsonite S’cure Eco case has a handle enriched with recycled wood fiber
Samsonite has increased its green credentials by making a number of product ranges that use recycled materials.
The S’cure Eco range, a collection of four-wheeled spinner cases with trays made from at least 85 percent recycled polypropylene and handles enriched with recycled wood fiber, is one of them.
The cases are available in different sizes and are sturdy but streamlined. Price: £ 175- £ 219 (samsonite.co.uk).