Travelling includes not just where we will go or what we will do but also what we will bring. We have to think very carefully about what we will take with us while travelling in order to decrease our negative impact on the environment. Talking about zero waste travel is a bit misleading. Hence, zero waste living is a great concept and an admirable goal, but also, quite impossible to achieve for most of us. But that does not mean we should not aspire to it.
Want to travel but also want to be conscious about the environment and stay green? Here’s a detailed guide and recommendations to creating your own zero waste travel kit. It will always encourage you to be prepared to refuse single use plastic, no matter where you are. These eco-friendly travel products will help you travel more sustainably. All are long-lasting or made out of recyclable or eco-friendly materials. It will be really useful, but you gotta make them personal and come up with your own way that totally fits your travelling style.
Here are some of the eco-friendly products below to pack for the next time you go off on a sustainable adventure.
- Bamboo collapsible cup
If you are an avid coffee or tea drinker, think about how many cups you can go through the week, month or even a day for camping or travelling. You can drastically reduce your waste output with this one, single and simple swap to a reusable collapsible cup. It is a practical alternative to disposable cups and bulky travel bags. You just need to sip, stow and go.
- Reusable cutlery set
Bamboo cutlery set is the perfect reusable, eco-friendly set for replacing one time use plastics. It consists of a knife, fork, spoon and straw for enjoying meals out and about. The practical and convenient kit comes in a lightweight and compact carry pouch so you can easily take this set with you wherever you travel. Made purely from bamboo the cutlery is not only biodegradable but also highly durable and naturally water resistant.
- Reusable water bottle
All the travellers should become more environmentally conscious in or approach consumption. Stainless steel water bottle is perfect for any outdoor adventure. Whether you are camping, hiking, or just going for a walk, this bottle will keep you refreshed all day long. It is a reusable eco-friendly bottle and keeps your beverage cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.
- Shampoo bar / Bar soap
Shampoo and conditioner bottles are most often found in plastic that cannot always be recycled creating further waste. Think about how often you go through these bottles, that ends up being several bottles of each in landfill per year! In reality, there’s really no need to use liquid shampoo that comes in a plastic bottle when you get the same cleanliness with a shampoo bar. They are shampoo in a bar soap-like form and just like bar soap once they are all used up there is no packaging to throw away.
It is also easier to find shampoo bars with more natural and healthier ingredients than in most liquid shampoos. Thus, you can get an all in one soap bar that can be used for shaving and your body. You can even use beeswax wraps to fold your bar soap whenever you are travelling because it would not leak once the wax locks in the moisture.
- Toothpaste and Bamboo toothbrush
It is the basic thing that you really need in your zero waste toiletry kit. Whether it is homemade or you buy it. This option is cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Since plastic cannot be recycled, there is a new sustainable alternative like bamboo toothbrush that enables us to reduce waste and protect our beautiful planet from plastic pollution. Once you are done using it, you can even compost it as well.
- Solar Power bank
It can get pretty frustrating to be out on the road (or camping) and have your phone run out of batteries. Hence, a solar power bank will fix your issues. You can power your electric devices through the greatest energy source we have – the sun! Therefore, it has both environmental and health benefits that can make the world a better and more sustainable place.
With a few slight adjustments to your travel kit, you will be able to remarkably reduce the amount of rubbish you accumulate when travelling. Remember small changes do matter and you are not too small to make a difference.