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26 Ultimate Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Travel Products

In this mega-post, we explore the exciting and ever growing world of eco-friendly travel products. Constantly updated.

In this post, we explore the exciting and ever growing world of eco-friendly travel products.

When we travel, our attention is split much more than usual and that means we spend less time thinking about our individual impact on the planet. With the climate in crisis, it is the responsibility of each of us to ensure our negative impact on the environment is minimised. That means we should be making sustainable choices about the things we take with us on our adventures.

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Not just for travel, for everyday life too

In this list of eco-friendly travel products, we’ve included things for your wellbeing, for your convenience and your style. Switching to more sustainable alternatives does take time, so we’d strongly encourage you to take your time and make switches some time before you intend to set off.

After all, sustainability should be a part of our everyday lives, not just when we’re on our travels.

Why switch to eco-friendly alternatives?

Many of the consumer products we buy every day have not been made with sustainability and eco-friendliness in mind. Many contain unnecessary plastic, much of which is virgin plastic, and many are non-recyclable. We cannot go on living like this. The planet is suffering as a result of human action.

We have to encourage mass change and one of the ways we can do that is by making conscious choices about the products that we buy.

Everything under one roof

We would encourage you to buy products directly from makers so that they can get the maximum benefit, but we appreciate that that isn’t always practical. For those occasions when you know you want to buy lots of eco-friendly travel products all at once, there are online stores that have everything (or at least most things) under one roof.

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At a Glance

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Our list of the ultimate eco-friendly travel products for your sustainable travels

Let’s not waste any more time and get right into our list of eco-friendly travel products. We’ve selected these products based on our own experiences and recent swaps we’ve made ourselves both at home and on our travels.

Just a quick note, before you get stuck in – this post is very much still a work in progress. We intend to keep adding retailers and ideas to this post. To be notified of future changes, do make sure you subscribe.

What better way to carry your eco-friendly travel products than in an eco-friendly bagPin
What better way to carry your eco-friendly travel products than in an eco-friendly bag (Wave)

Sustainable luggage and backpacks

Choosing a bag to put all your stuff in isn’t a decision you should take lightly. To begin with, anticipating that types of places you’re likely to want to visit is important. Is the terrain going to be a hindrance to a wheelie suitcase, for example?

Add in a need for your luggage to be ethically-made using sustainable materials and the process is complicated even further. We think though it’s worth your effort and time though and definitely worth spending some decent cash on – generally speaking, you do get your money’s worth when it comes to luggage.

Below, we’ve picked out a few eco-friendly luggage options that’ve caught our eye.

  • LaBante London: Vegan, sustainable and ethical fashion backpacks, totes, handbags and purses. Materials are vegan, non-PVC and ethically-sourced. UK-based with global shipping available*.
  • Wave: Starting out making phone cases, Wave are now broadening their range with this rolltop backpack made from up to 40 recycled plastic bottles*. It’s waterproof, has adjustable straps, includes a padded laptop sleeve and is great value. Free, carbon-neutral delivery to the UK and just £5 to the rest of the world. Get an extra 5% off with code GWN33PI
BambuuBrush: an eco-friendly toothbrush that's made from biodegradable bambooPin
BambuuBrush: an eco-friendly toothbrush that’s made from biodegradable bamboo (BambuuBrush)

Eco-friendly Toothbrush

Millions upon millions of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away around the world each year. They all end up in landfill and take hundreds of years to decompose. The absurdity of this wastefulness is heightened even further when you consider that there’s a very easy and cheap way to fix this problem.

Bamboo toothbrushes are now really easy to come by and really affordable. Below, we’ve picked out a few examples.

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Avoid non-recyclable toothpaste tubes with ease with a range of products (Georganics)

Toothpaste, powder and tablets

Traditional toothpaste tubes are practically non-recyclable. Even if a toothpaste tube ends up in a recycling plant (and most don’t), the process of separating out the plastics is a costly and timely task.

Ditching traditional toothpaste for eco-friendly alternatives is now very straightforward. Toothpaste as you know it is available in glass jars and alternatives like powder and tablets are also available. We ourselves now use tablets that comes in biodegradable bags. They work brilliantly!

Below, we’ve found a few eco-friendly toothpaste alternatives.

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Dental floss doesn’t have to be made of plastic and come in plastic packaging (Georganics)

Plastic-free dental floss and interdentals

Dental floss and interdentals are often made from plastic and are completely non-recyclable. Couple the fact that they’re generally single-use products and you have a horribly environmentally-unfriendly product.

Thankfully, there are alternatives available. It’s now possible to buy floss made from plants and reusable interdentals, some of which are made from bamboo. Below are a few examples.

The plastic-free bath and shower bar scene is booming. Replace those plastic bottles nowPin
The plastic-free bath and shower bar scene is booming. Replace those plastic bottles now

Shower & bath soap

When thinking about eco-friendly travel products, taking bars of body soap with you is a no brainer.

Not only do you instantly dispense with the single-use plastic bottles, but you also have a product that bypasses liquid allowances in hand luggage when flying. You also lose any risk of messy liquid soap explosions inside your luggage. We all know what that’s like.

We transitioned to using bars of body soap some time ago. It does take a bit of time to adjust to using them, but once you do, you never go back. You can find body soap anywhere, but try to make sure you stick to products that are vegan, cruelty-free, plastic-free, palm oil free and organic if you can.

Most well-known shampoo brands come in plastic bottles and are not cruelty-free. Time to ditch themPin
Most well-known shampoo brands come in plastic bottles and are not cruelty-free. Time to ditch them

Shampoo and conditioner bars

Similarly to body soap (above), ditching single-use plastic bottles and buying bars of shampoo and conditioner is a total no brainer for any eco-friendly traveller. Not only are they better for the environment, they don’t take up much room in your bag either.

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Keep your pits fresh and dry with sustainable deodorant

Sustainable deodorant

Traditional spray deodorants often come in containers that utilise both plastic and metal. Most are recyclable, but some aren’t. This aside, it’s always better to reduce your use of such materials in the first instance, so sustainable deodorants are always a better choice for the environment. Most of the eco-friendly options come in either reusable containers or come wrapped in paper or cardboard.

Switching to solid deodorant can take some time as you find one that works for you. With this in mind, do make sure you’ve tried out your chosen deodorant before taking it away with you.

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Zero-waste safety razors are now easy to come by, but some are funkier than othersPin
Zero-waste safety razors are now easy to come by, but some are funkier than others (Jungle Culture)

Plastic-free razor

There are lots of mail-order shaving products available these days and many of them make bold sustainability claims. Truth is though, many of these companies are still utilising plastic housing for their blades. Some offer a recycling scheme, but you normally have to save up around 10-12 blades before then have to post them back at your expense. Not very straightfoward.

The best option is the buy a razor that takes standard-sized recyclable razor blades. You can buy plastic-free handles that are either entirely metal or contain a mixture of bamboo and metallic parts. We’ve featured a couple of options below.

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All natural cotton buds are slowly becoming the norm worldwide (BambuuBrush)

Plastic-free cotton buds

In 2020, single-use plastic cotton buds were rightfully banned in England. Instead, consumers would have to opt for buds made from cardboard, but generally, these still end up in landfill. While you can buy cotton buds the are made from bamboo and are therefore biodegradable, we think the better option is to buy reusable swabs.

It's tricky making sexual wellness products eco-friendly, but some companies are tryingPin
It’s tricky making sexual wellness products eco-friendly, but some companies are trying (Here We Flo)

More eco-friendly sexual wellness products

It’s always a good idea to be prepared for a bit of romance and, thankfully, you can now do so without having too much of an impact on the planet.

To be fair, there’s still some work to do to make sexual wellness products more eco-friendly, but there are at least some companies who are trying their best. We’ve listed a couple of them below.

Most sunscreens come in plastic bottles and many aren't reef-safe. Other though buck the trend (Kri Skincare)Pin
Most sunscreens come in plastic bottles and many aren’t reef-safe. Other though buck the trend (Kri Skincare)

Reef-friendly sunscreen

Coral reefs are facing all kinds of problems, so the last thing they needed was for sunscreen to harm them too. Alas, it’s been recently discovered that sunscreen and other skin products used by humans contain toxins that permanently alters the DNA of coral. Shocking!

Thankfully, there are reef-friendly options out there. These options tend to be all natural and therefore kinder to your skin, and they also tend to come packaged in sustainable packing.

Ditch the chemical-infused spray in a plastic bottle and choose something much more naturalPin
Ditch the chemical-infused spray in a plastic bottle and choose something much more natural

Natural insect repellent

Similarly to many of the other eco-friendly travel products in this list, Insect Repellent is another one where avoiding single use plastic is the name of the game. Many spray-on repellents come in plastic bottles, or they come in metal canisters with plastic buttons and caps.

Avoid all this with creams/gels that come inside plastic-free, fully recyclable tins or insect repellent bars.

Your feminine hygiene products needn't come wrapped in plastic. (Here We Flo)Pin
Your feminine hygiene products needn’t come wrapped in plastic. (Here We Flo)

Plastic-free period care & menstrual products

Traditional sanitary products are a plastic-fille nightmare. Not only do they contain plastic, but they’re normally wrapped in plastic too.

We get it, these types of products have to be hygienic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean plastic has to be involved. There are alternatives, as we will now demonstrate.

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Vitamins and supplements in plastic bottles are now easily avoidable (DR.VEGAN)

Better vitamins and supplements

Vitamins are often not vegetarian and normally come inside plastic bottles and tubs. Thankfully, there are alternatives that are both vegan and packaged more sustainably.

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  • DR.VEGAN: Plant-based supplements that tick all the boxes. Gluten-free, allergen-free and non-GMO, there’s a range of easy to swallow tablets available*, all of which comes inside plastic-free and fully compostable bags. Brilliant! Free UK delivery and worldwide delivery also available.
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Reusable make-up remover pads/cloths are a great sustainable option

Reusable make-up cloths

Surprisingly, many pre-packaged moist make-up remover cloths contain plastic (and of course, come wrapped in plastic too). Madness!

Something that works as equally well and also saves you some weight in your luggage is a reusable cloth and a bit of water. You can pick these up at supermarkets and shops that sell cosmetics and beauty products.

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Protect your mobile phone with a case made from fully biodegradable wheat straw (Wave)

Biodegradable mobile phone case

These days, having a mobile phone on you as you travel is absolutely essential. It’s a device to plan and book elements of your trip, pay for stuff and something you can use to capture memories. Protecting your phone is therefore really important.

While there are many cases on the market that are made from plastic, you can now also buy phone cases that are made from biodegradable material (wheat straw is a common one). We use Wave cases (see below) and totally recommend them, but there are other options for you to consider too.

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Canvas bags are essential eco-friendly travel products for your travelsPin
Canvas bags are essential eco-friendly travel products for your travels

Canvas shopping/tote bags

We now don’t go anywhere without a set of canvas tote bags rolled up in our suitcase. They’re so useful for shopping and often, they double as dirty laundry bags. The fact they’re reusable and help us to avoid single-use plastic bags is an easy environmental win.

You can pick up tote bags really easily, but we recommend investing in really good quality bags from your favourite charities for added goodness.

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Packing cubes help to keep your luggage organised

Eco-friendly packing cubes

Packing cubes are a bit of a god-send for seasoned travellers. They effortlessly help to keep all your belongings organised and also help to make the best use of the space you have. It’s a win all round!

What isn’t a win however is the material that packing cubes are often made from. It’s typically virgin plastic. Yuck! Swerve these and invest in packing cubes that are instead made from fully recycled materials.

  • Both Patagonia and Kathmandu having packing cubes that are made from recycled plastic bottles. Both companies also go to great lengths for sustainability, with Kathmandu in particular being a certified B Corp.
For long trips, you'll need laundry detergent. Thankfully, there are eco-friendly and lightweight optionsPin
For long trips, you’ll need laundry detergent. Thankfully, there are eco-friendly and lightweight options

Eco-friendly laundry detergent

Depending on the length of your trip, you’ll probably need laundry detergent. Occasionally, you’ll find washing machines with detergent built-in (very handy), but you can’t always rely on this. That’s why it’s handy to have some with you and thankfully, there are options that are lightweight, eco-friendly and plastic-free.

Sunglasses made from recycled plastic are more eco-friendly than those made from virgin plasticPin
Sunglasses made from recycled plastic are more eco-friendly than those made from virgin plastic

More sustainable sunglasses

Sunglasses are an essential part of your travel kit, but often overlooked when taking eco-friendliness into consideration. Sunnies are something many of us keep for a long time and are therefore worth investing a good chunk of change on to get a high-quality, long-lasting product.

You can couple your investment with your sustainability demands by purchasing one of the following eco-friendly alternatives.

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Our own HTT branded merchandise will be available soon

Eco-friendly fashion

The fashion industry is dogged by controversy, malpractice, exploitation and environmental neglect. Most consumers love a bargain and regretfully, this has led to a litany of issues resulting from cost-cutting.

Your choices really do make a difference and can drive positive change, so shop wisely. Below are a couple of suggestions for truly sustainable, green-washing-free fashion stores.

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A lightweight, plastic-free and reusable cutlery set is an essential eco-friendly travel product for your travelsPin
A lightweight, plastic-free and reusable cutlery set is an essential eco-friendly travel product for your travels

Reusable cutlery/chopsticks

Every traveller needs cutlery and chopsticks, regardless of their destination. Reject the free single-use plastic cutlery offered to you by food vendors and bring you own. Here are a few suggestions that we’ve found.

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Every eco-friendly traveller should have a reusable water bottle in their luggage (Wave)

Reusable water bottle

We were late to the game when it came to travelling with a water bottle. Now, we wouldn’t leave home without one. A water bottle not only helps to keep you hydrated, helps you to avoid sugary drinks and saves you money in the long-run, but it also helps you to avoid having to buy drinks in plastic bottles. Wins all round!

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A reusable cup for hot drinks will help you to avoid using non-recyclable coffee cups (SoleCup)

Reusable hot drinks cup

Similarly to the water bottle (see above), having a reusable hot drinks cup in your luggage will help you to avoid using often completely non-recyclable coffee cups from your favourite coffee outlets. It’ll also help you to save a bit of cash long-term as many coffee shops offer a small discount for those who bring their own receptacles.

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Plastic straws are still common. Go equipped with eco-friendly alternatives (BambuuBrush)

Reusable straws

The plastic straw is thankfully (slowly) being outlawed around the world. Continue to shun them with confidence by bringing your own.

Vegan wax food wraps

At home, these work an absolute treat and have helped us to entirely replace our use of cling film (plastic wrap) and tin foil. The food wraps we have are washable, reusable and do a great job at keeping our food fresh and clean. Just be mindful though of wraps made from bee’s wax – there’s no need for us to be pinching wax from bees when there are alternatives available.

Food wraps won’t take up much room or weight in your luggage, so it’s worth chucking some in. You can now pick up food wraps at local eco-stores or online from stores like &Keep* (UK) or EarthHero (US)*.

There’s more to come

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