Travelling can create a lot of unnecessary waste. Toiletry bags can easily fill up with lots of plastics and disposable items such as small bottles and sample sized products.
Travel sized products may seem like the ideal solution to travelling light until you start to think about the environmental impact of all those little plastic bottles! While they may seem convenient, most are not recycled and may end up in places they shouldn’t be, such as the ocean, where they breakdown into microplastics and can enter the food chain.
You can save money in the long run by investing in reusable products. Look for things which have reusable or biodegradable packaging so that you can reduce your plastic waste too.
Not only are single-use travel products a burden on the environment, but they’re also often more expensive! Avoid buying new plastic minis when you travel. Instead, decant from bigger bottles you already have into small ones that can be reused. An even better option is to take eco-friendly solid products instead, they take up very little space and won’t leak in your bag. When we can fly on holiday again, they can be carried in hand luggage too!
Avoid using synthetic fibre washcloths and plastic shower puffs. Plant fibre soap bags & shower mitts are great alternatives. Made from things such as jute, ramie and bamboo, these natural plant-based fibres are biodegradable and can be composted at the end of their useable life.