Please note, these are my personal suggestions. I am not receiving any incentives, royalties or other benefits from the companies whose products are listed as examples.
TIP #1: Switch to Bar Shampoo
Benefits: Shampoo bars easily tuck into your luggage, won't leak, are lightweight and are usually wrapped without plastic.
Example: All Natural Rocky Mountain Soap Rosemary bar shampoo
TIP #2: Switch to Bar Soap for the Face and Body
Benefits: Soap bars are light-weight, effective cleansers without the risk of leakage.
Example: My personal favourite is Dr Bronner's Pure-Castile bar soap in Peppermint. The soap is also available in a variety of scents, including Baby Unscented and Tea Tree.
TIP #3: Bring your own water bottle
Benefits: Reduce the need to buy plastic water bottles where potable water is available from the faucet. When you visit a new country, remember to enquire whether the tap water is safe to drink.
Packing tip: Stuff a pair of clean socks inside the bottle to save precious packing space
Example: Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Bottle
TIP #4: Bring a reusable shopping bag
Benefits: Reduce using single-use plastic bags while on the road. Even if you are not a big shopper, a carry bag comes in handy to pick up snacks at supermarkets or restock toiletries on longer trips.
Example: MEC Waste-Less Tote Bag 45L, made from salvaged fabric used to make MEC backpacks.
For more ideas, Bookmundi shares their top ten tips for eco-travelling in this article.
You will also find Bookmundi’s favourite earth-friendly destinations--I would add Bhutan, the world’s only nation to achieve carbon-negative status!
Nancy O'Hare has lived and worked across five continents and travelled to over eighty countries. Her writing shares insights from her travels and musings about the world around us.