Earth Day is a reminder that, wherever we go, we're supposed to take only memories and leave nothing behind.
These innovative products celebrate Earth Day every day and make us more responsible travelers. Not only do they improve our own lives, but they help insure there'll still be a planet to visit when we're planning our next trip.
Miswak Club teeth cleaning twig from The Grommet
Miswak Club — Photo courtesy of The Grommet
Yes, you still have to brush your teeth twice a day, but now you can give up your plastic toothbrush and chemical-ridden toothpaste for the much more fun and environmentally-friendly Miswak Club.
This little branch from the Peelu tree has natural fibers and a long list of effective natural ingredients for oral health. It’s been used by people in other countries for centuries and, in fact, is even backed by the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association. It doesn’t require toothpaste or even water, making it possibly the best travel dental product ever.
WakaWaka Power+ from WakaWaka
WakaWaka Power+ — Photo courtesy of WakaWaka
This bright yellow compact solar charger can charge almost any small electronic device, including your smartphone, within two hours. All it needs to power up is the sun, which then allows it to provide up to 150 hours of light. With four different settings, it has the ability to illuminate a campsite or simply give you a low glow for reading.
WakaWaka’s mission is to share the abundant power of the sun with the billions of people around the world who can’t just flip on a light switch or who don’t have reliable access to electricity. So, for every charger sold, a solar light is donated to a family or child in need, literally offering them a glimmer of light in the darkness.
Spork & Cork from bambu
Spork & Cork from bambu — Photo courtesy of bambu
Think of all the plastic utensils you go through when traveling or just picking up a meal to go.
Now, invest (and by “invest,” we mean no more than a Hamilton for this go-everywhere spork) in your own portable bamboo cutlery to save the environment – and look sophisticated while doing it. Bambu is a leader in sustainability, and their products are beautifully simple and simply beautiful. Recognized for their modern and sleek design, the eco-friendly products are a cinch to carry and clean. This spork, one of bambu's best sellers, is a marvel.
Storage bag from stasher
Stasher storage bag — Photo courtesy of stasher
In a modern-day Mommie Dearest, Joan Crawford would be screaming, “No more plastic bags!” and replacing every single one with a stasher. These ingenious food-grade silicone alternatives can be reused thousands of times and are perfect for getting your TSA-approved toiletries through security or carrying snacks to get you through a long flight.
The first – and only – self-sealing, air-tight, non-plastic bag in the world, the award-winning stasher is so versatile, it can go in the freezer, the dishwasher and the microwave. And when, years from now, it’s reached the end of its lifespan, it can be recycled and turned into children’s playground flooring.
Hydaway collapsible water bottle from The Grommet
Hydaway collapsible water bottle — Photo courtesy of The Grommet
You can’t carry plastic water bottles through security – and you really shouldn’t be carrying them anywhere anymore, especially when you have such an easy alternative.
The Hydaway folds down to just over an inch high when it’s empty, making it convenient to stick in a carry-on, keep in a glove compartment or throw in a backpack. It’s leakproof, dishwasher-safe and fits in most cup holders. And, because it comes in half a dozen colors, you won’t have to throw out bottles because you don’t know whose is whose.
Streamline crossbody bag from Harveys
Streamline crossbody bag from Harveys — Photo courtesy of Harveys
This perfectly-sized travel bag is vegan and made in America but what makes it green – even though it only comes in storm gray – is that it’s created from old seatbelts.
Roomy yet lightweight, it’s fully lined and lays flat for easy packing. Like any good seatbelt, it keeps your belongings safe, thanks to a zip top and zipped pockets inside and out. Buckle up and be prepared for lots of compliments on this socially-conscious conversation piece.
Glass straws from The Ecology Center
Glass straws from The Ecology Center — Photo courtesy of The Ecology Center
Americans alone use an estimated 500 million straws per day. Per day! Imagine what that looks like in landfills.
These colorful glass straws from The Ecology Center, a non-profit organization committed to taking care of the earth and its citizens, are such a simple solution. Available in straight or bent styles, they even come with their own handy cleaning brush, which slips right into the straw itself, taking up no room at all.
Recycled water bottle backpack from Onya
Recycled water bottle backpack — Photo courtesy of Onya
Onya, an Australian company dedicated to making high-quality, reusable products, takes old plastic water bottles from landfills and transforms them into these compact yet super strong backpacks.
With lots of space for all of your necessities, the packs are available in a baker’s dozen of colors, each featuring a unique and great-looking design. When you’re not using them, they scrunch down into keyring-sized pouches. Good on ya.
Kissables make-up remover and exfoliating cloth
Kissables make-up remover and exfoliating cloth — Photo courtesy of MinxNY
Throw away those disposable make-up-removing towelettes permanently. Besides the excessive waste and expense, they’re usually filled with chemicals that are unhealthy for both you and the environment.
Instead, opt for this easy-to-tote cloth from the new Kissables Spa Collection from MinxNY. One side removes make-up – including waterproof mascara – using nothing but water. The other acts as a gentle exfoliator. Quick-drying and super lightweight, each miraculous cloth can be used up to 1000 times.
Chelsea Lace Boot from Roma Boots — Photo courtesy of Roma Boots
If you have to leave a footprint, do it in these adorable boots from Roma. Fair-trade certified, they’re made of natural rubber and they give back with every purchase.
For every pair bought, Roma donates a pair to one of the 125 million children around the world living on the streets. Roma chose rain boots as their way to “give poverty the boot” because, although those are the most basic and practical necessity in cold and wet climates, they can protect children’s feet in any kind of weather. For travelers, they’re a chance to look good, feel good and do good.