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Gorgeous natural wonders and eco-friendly travel destinations offer delicate environments that travelers are truly blessed to be able to experience. Folks through national parks, conservations and even just the locals, work hard to keep beautiful landscapes pristine and clean. As wanderlusters, we can help! Tourism can bring income to an area, but also devastation if those who come leave trash, chemicals and other altering waste. So we’ve put together an inspirational list of some cool products that can prevent yucky accumulation among the places we love so much.
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Plastic water bottles release chemicals into drinking water, and they also end up in landfills, oceans, or along our beautiful roadsides. Investing in a stainless steel reusable bottle adds ease to your life (you don’t have to search for a garbage or recycling can), and in the long run, a lot of money will be saved. This particular design is simple on this top eco-friendly travel product, and it’s easy to clean with its wide mouth. It gives you something to use for not only water but also teas, infused drinks and smoothies.
Using the bathroom in nature is just one of those things that is bound to happen. Maybe it can be avoided on a hike, but when camping it can be a real nuisance. Portable, folding toilets can be an alternative, but you definitely don’t want to deal with chemicals or plastic bags that will add to the trash problem. These toilet bags are 100% compostable and can be attached to the Green Elephant chair. As far as disposal goes, please check the local rules.
Say no to paper plates and plastic cups when camping. There are 13 pieces that come in this mess kit, including a wine opener! All the basics are there—a plate, knife, fork, chopsticks and a handy bag to carry it all in. If everyone has their own kit, you’ll never have to think about disposing of all that trash after a meal again. Convenient and good for the environment!
So maybe you do end up with some trash, despite your best efforts. Bring along an easily cleaned mesh bag, that trash can be stored in until a recycling facility can be reached. Three come in this set, and each is a different size. Dirtier items can be placed in one, while things like food wrappers and other packaging can be stored in an another.
Teeth cleaning tablets are a good solution for many reasons—maybe it’s easier not to waste your purified water source for brushing, and perhaps some toothpastes shouldn’t be spit out anywhere in nature. Just chew the peppermint tab up to get great cleaning action, and even whitening benefits thanks to baking soda. These tablets have xylitol for cavity prevention. The container is glass and refillable, classifying it as zero waste.
Yes, another set of mesh bags! But these are awesome for replacing ziplock bags in some cases. Use them for produce storage, pack some trail mix in another. Use as a toiletry case. However they are used, less plastic bags will find their way into the trash. The set comes with nine, and after time, this too will save money.
Hey, if you want to wear makeup on a camping trip, you should be able to! One of our top picks for eco-friendly hygiene products, these single-use cotton pads don’t have to add to the trash accumulation of your destination. Velvety smooth and more exfoliating bamboo pads come with a washable laundry bag, so buying and tossing makeup remover swabs will be a thing of the past.
A good towel is always needed—drying off your hands, cleaning a mess kit, wiping up spills. And in nature, you definitely don’t want disposable napkins or paper towels. Ten absorbent, great for scrubbing, organic towels come in this set and will be there for many hikes, kayaking adventures and camping trips to come.
Look up “zero waste products” on Amazon, and you’ll fall down a rabbit hole of super cool products that make a bigger difference than you’d think. Biodegradable and made with silk, flossing can become an environment-friendly activity, whether you are dislodging that piece of almond from your molars, or just going through a nightly dental routine. The glass container is refillable, and extra floss can be purchased.
Cotton swabs are probably in everyone’s house, and likely make their way into a bag when heading out on a wilderness adventure. It’s pretty gross to see a plastic used swab anywhere, but extra frustrating when they are left within protected and conserved land. These bamboo buddies are completely biodegradable, and so is the packaging.
Okay, so we know ziplock replacements are already on the list, but these moon adorned resizable bags are too cute and have other functional uses. Being waterproof and not mesh, these are practical for messier snacks, like precut fruit for example, that hikers and campers may want to bring along. Toss them in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Tampons and pads are a huge waste contributor, and menstrual cups have come a long way. They are comfy, easy to use, and completely zero waste.
Let’s end on another handy poo gadget because we all know it’s a real issue! A good ole fashioned shovel can do the trick if you’re the type to bypass the hassle of a portable toilet. So lighter travelers and hikers can just keep this highly lightweight yet tough scooper on hand just in case.