16 Sep

Top 10 Sustainable Packing Picks

Whether you’re planning to go out of town or halfway around the world, the key is careful preparation. To be honest, sometimes it’s easy (and tempting) to opt for convenience. But whether you realize it or not, every travel decision you make impacts the environment for better or worse.

The good news is local travelers and globetrotters are becoming more passionate about reducing their footprint. The latest sustainable travel research of Booking.com reveals that a whopping 72% of travelers “believe that people need to act now and make sustainable travel choices to save the planet for future generations.”

The bad news is 37% of the respondents admitted that they don’t know how to make their travel more sustainable. The lack of information still remains the top roadblock in this journey.

We have written about being a sustainable traveller before, but today we’ll take a closer look at your luggage.

We’ve done the research and created a packing list with 10 essential and eco-friendly products that you can take anywhere with you—minus the guilt.

All the Wild Roses

Rated: Good

All the Wild Roses offers bohemian fashion for the dreamers & change makers. This diverse 100% cotton dress is sustainably made from upcycled surplus fabric. The ultimate travel dress, it is reversible; can be worn with or without a t shirt underneath, and even doubles as a skirt!

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G Viteri

Rated: Good

Shade Natural Toquilla Straw Hat – Ships internationally

G Viteri produces ethical handmade hats, bags, and scarves in Ecuador using traditional methods and local materials. It minimises the use of packaging and uses packaging from 100% post-consumer waste materials. The brand uses some eco-friendly materials, including traditional toquilla straw, like in this classic Panama style hat.

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Vitamin A

Rated: Great

Alma Bodysuit – Ships internationally

Vitamin A offers sustainably produced luxury bikinis, swimsuits, and beachwear designed and made locally in California. This cute and trendy one piece features an open low scoop back and a California-cut bottom, and is made with recycled nylon!

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Komodo

Rated: Good

Zaragoza Black Sunglasses – Ships internationally

You can’t have a sustainable packing list without some eco-friendly sunglasses, and this pair is stylish, while also caring for people and the planet. Made of recycled materials and bamboo temples, they will also protect your eyes with UV400 lenses.

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Shop Komodo.

Veja

Rated: Good

Black V Sneakers – Ships internationally

Designed in France and made in Brazil, Veja makes ecological and fair trade sneakers and accessories. This pair is perfect for pairing with any outfit when you’re on the move. Their effortless and vintage-inspired style is sustainably made from organic cotton & wild rubber.

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Patagonia

Rated: Good

Patagonia Black Hole Wheeled Duffel – Ships internationally

If you’re looking for luggage that can withstand the tests of time and weather—that also leaves a light footprint on the earth—look no further. Patagonia’s Black Hole collection is made from 100% recycled material that is certified as bluesign® approved, which means each textile’s path along the manufacturing process is traced, making sure every step is sustainable.

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Svala

Rated: Good

Natural Cork Simma Tote – Ships internationally

 

Svala luxury designer vegan handbags, purses, bags and totes are handcrafted sustainably and ethically in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather PU, cork and Pinatex. This cork tote is the perfect size for travel, with plenty of room for your camera and your reusable container, cup, and cutlery. It can also fit a 13” laptop if you’re a digital nomad. Not to mention how cute it is!

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Que Bottle Water Bottle

Que Bottle – Ships within the US

Introducing the perfect travel companion! This collapsible and lightweight water bottle comes in 15 colours and 2 sizes. It’s dishwasher safe, shock and leak-proof, and has a wide mouth for ice cubes. It’s also made from non-toxic, 100% food-grade silicone that can last for a long time, as well as being BPA free and plastic-free!

MANDA Sunscreen

MANDA Organic Sun Cream – Ships internationally

MANDA sun creme features a smooth, creamy lotion with full body SPF 50 coverage. It’s also uniquely formulated to perform against the harshest conditions. It uses food-safe, reef-safe, and all-natural ingredients, leaving out the nasty chemicals and stabilizers that most skincare products have. It’s also packaged in a bio-plastic and 100% recyclable tube derived from sugar cane and produced in facilities powered by sugar cane, and it isn’t tested on animals!

LUSH Shampoo and Conditioner Bar

Godiva – Ships internationally

This is a shampoo and conditioner bar that uses nut oils and shea butter to moisturize hair and jasmine oil to perfume your locks. It lathers well and goes a long way. Naked packaging, vegan, and uses natural ingredients: what more could you ask for?

 

So there you have it! Our top ten sustainable picks to pack for your next adventure so you can enjoy your trip with less worry on your mind.

About the writer: Hang Osment-Le is the founder/designer of All The Wild Roses – A Certified B Corporation®. The brand’s signature vintage-inspired designs are sustainably-made using upcycled fabrics and they work to empower makers from developing countries. In partnership with Grameen Australia and Opportunity International, its fashion social business model shares the collective vision to build a world of three zeros: zero poverty, zero unemployment, and zero emissions.  To find out more, visit All the Wild Roses’ website. APP: All the Wild Roses’ website.

Editor's note: feature image via Unsplash. All other images via brands mentioned. Good On You has big plans for ethical fashion in 2019! To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offers code or affiliate links.

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