While most travelers like me believe in the "leave only footsteps" mantra, it's becoming incredibly hard to really live up to it nowadays. With mass production and dangerous chemicals in most of the products, we purchase, leading an eco-friendly life is more difficult now than it ever was before.
The thing is, that, even without knowing or meaning to, many things we do affect the environment around us and that of the places we visit. Take coral reefs for example - while we blame the fishing industries, we fail to realize that something as innocent as sunblock is killing the reefs in the oceans as well.
But worry not! I have compiled a list of eco-friendly products to pack on your next trip. From sustainable backpacks to environmentally-safe toiletries and organic swimwear - I have you covered and ready to jump into the ecologically-conscious travel wagon.
Chemicals such as oxybenzone, which are found in normal sunscreens threatens coral reefs and the animals who reside in the oceans. The decline of reefs is quickly becoming a global problem.
Stream2Sea is tested and proven reef safe. They also have other products on offers like hair conditioner and sunburn relief which are worth having a look into.
PACKING & ORGANIZING
Although they don't use eco-friendly materials, the backpacks and weekenders made by EVERLANE have high standards when it comes to the factories they work with and ensure the people involved in the making of the products are treated fairly. They are super transparent about their prices.
Their products are incredibly durable and withstand the test of time, so it'll be a long time before you need to purchase a new backpack. Their products are waterproof and incredibly stylish for those who like to stay fashionable even while on the road.
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Based in Italy, CALEPINO is a family-run shop that sells notebooks created using recycled cardboard and paper and their pages are whitened without using any chlorine.
Stylish and eco-friendly, these are a must for those who like writing about their adventures at the end of each day.
Bring your plastic bottle usage down to zero using the Grayl to purify and filter water from any source.
The GRAYL is a must for anyone traveling to developing countries where drinking from the tap is not advised. In just a matter of 15 seconds, the GRAYL will filter all chemicals and bacteria from the water.
Super useful when traveling and a big-time money saver when you calculate how many purified water bottles you'd need to buy while adventuring around the world.
The SCRUBBA is a portable laundry system. Weighing only 5 ounces, it takes no space in your luggage and will save you the hassle and money of having to search for laundromats around the world.
Pair it with the Sea To Summit Laundry wash. It's phosphate free and biodegradable to ensure you don't contaminate when washing. Plus, it's small enough to take on your carry on.
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