With the ever-changing world, it’s no wonder that airlines, airports, hotels and travelers are adapting to be more environment-friendly. Whether it’s completely moving away from single-use plastics or using recycled material goods to traveling via rail and public transport versus a car, making small changes can really help in the long run. So for those of you who are looking for some inspiration on how to be a “green” traveler, here are some tips to get you started (if you haven’t already).
There are several companies that have reinvented the traditional suitcase by using only recycled materials as well as those that are sustainably sourced. One of these brands is Phoenx, which makes suitcases from 100 percent recycled “Makrolon polycarbonate, recycled aluminum and regenerated ECONYL® nylon”. Plus, it only weighs 8 pounds and is incredibly modern. Another company that sells a sustainable suitcase, is Heys. Unlike Phoenx, Heys only has one case called Eco Orbis™, made from 100 percent recycled ABS Plastic. Weighing in at 9.2 pounds, the Eco Orbis™ is incredibly durable and comes in 5 different colors.
Travel Bottles and Containers
Hotels are beginning to remove the small toiletries in rooms in order to cut down on plastic waste. If you’re traveling and staying at a hotel or resort that still offers those little bottles of toiletries, the best option would be to bring your own in responsibly-made containers. Our top picks are the 50-Pack 8 Ounce Biodegradable Containers made from biodegradable paperboard or the Variety Pack Containers made from a dark glass that blocks out light.
Reusable Water Bottle
Single-use plastics like water bottles are one of the most wasteful materials the world is currently struggling with. By bringing your own reusable water bottle while you travel through airports, fly on planes and explore new cities, you’re making conscientious moves to be a “green” traveler. There are a variety of options, but we like the Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle, which is free of harmful chemicals such as BPA, BPS, PVC, phthalates, lead, latex and is made from 100 percent food-grade materials. Another terrific water bottle is the Stainless Steel Brita water bottle, featuring an internal filter, straw and carrying loop.
Recycled Walking Shoes
Aside from gadgets, companies are also focusing in on changing the way shoes are made. Rather than using brand new materials, allbirds created the Tree Breezers for women and are made from trees, making them lightweight, comfortable and very breathable. There’s also Matt and Nat, a company that uses 100 percent recycled materials to create shoe linings, tires to make soles and vegan leather among other recycled goods to develop their trendy shoes for men and women.
Whether you’re shopping for souvenirs, clothes or treats, bringing a reusable tote along with you when you travel will help avoid having to use plastic bags. Our go-to is the Juvale Tote, which comes in a set of 3 and is made from cotton, or the BeeGreen Shopping Tote made from polyester cloth and comes with its own pouch.
Aside from material items, traveling via train or metro is another way to be a “green” traveler. Rather than taking that Uber, Grab or another ride-sharing service, check to see if there’s a way to get to your destination via public transportation. If you’re renting a car, consider an electric option, and if you can, walk—it’s the perfect way to discover hidden gems that you may have missed if you didn’t.
What steps have you taken or are going to take to become an eco-friendly traveler?