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There are many little things that one can do to give a helping hand to our planet when travelling but one important cornerstone would be what you bring with you in your suitcase. A refillable bottle and reusable shopping bag are always good ideas but let’s go a bit beyond and take a deep dive into cosmetic pouches. Never big enough for some and an afterthought for others. There are a few ways by which we can do a healthy and planet-friendly makeover for vanity bags. The good news is that toiletries can easily be swapped for better alternatives.
First of all, I would say that the pouch/bag would be a good place to start. Avoiding or limiting plastic pouches and favouring more natural materials such as hemp and cotton may be a good start. So swap plastic for natural fibres and you are heading in the right direction.
Next, what about your toothbrush and toothbrush holder? Ditch the plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one and do the same for the holder. Not sure where to find the holder, check the link here.
Whilst we are on the dental hygiene topic, let’s not stop with the toothbrush. Swap the toothpaste in the plastic tube with toothpaste tablets. Wait, what, how does that works? Easy to carry, tablets contain the perfect quantity of toothpaste for one wash. All you need to do is to pop one in your mouth, chew a little and brush. Easy, plastic-free, no mess, you can even bring them in the plane as they are solid. The earth will be smiling. Get yours here or here.
But wait, what about flossing. Remember your last conversation with your dentist? Yes, flossing is part of good dental hygiene but it does not have to cost the earth. A cardboard case will work just fine. Try this one here or here. Make your dentist and the earth a little happier.
Next, let’s move on to other essentials. What about your deodorant? Ditch the plastic and trial one of those two options. The first one is in a tin can (click here or here) and you will need to apply with your fingers. Compact and effective, this is a great way to smell like a rose. If you are not ready for using your fingers to apply your deodorant then you can get the cardboard stick. Effective and eco-friendly, both options are available. Check them out.
And one last thing. Soaps and shampoos. Get rid of the plastic tubes and avoid using the hotel provided ones. These are rarely fully used and end up as waste. Plus, I have found that they often contain way too many chemicals for my own taste. BYO soap and shampoo kit it is. Whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, get your perfect travel kit (available in dry, sensitive or oily skin and hair options)
Haaaa, feeling better now. How cool is that? Add your reef-safe sunscreen and you are good to go (here ). If this is sounding a little complicated, build your own perfect cosmetic/toiletries/vanity pouch in a few clicks, right here!
Until next time, travel safe and eco-friendly.