As summer approaches, the shops are filled with way too many miniature plastic bottles of different toiletries that consumers feel the need to buy. I’ve definitely been there before on previous holidays when I’ve bought several small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and face wash completely unaware of how damaging they are to our wonderful planet.
Luckily there are now lots of alternatives on the market that will not only help the environment but will save you money too.
So here’s some tips to help you have a more eco-friendly travel bag this year:
- Switch to solid shampoo – If you’re already using a shampoo bar (this is my current favourite one) then just pop it in a travel tin and you’re ready to go. If not, then why not switch to a shampoo bar once your current liquid shampoo runs out. This means you don’t need to spend money on a miniature bottle of shampoo and it doesn’t count in your carry on liquids if you aren’t putting any luggage in the hold.
- Say no to face wipes – One of the most common items I found during a beach clean back in January was wet wipes. They are were literally everywhere yet people still seem to be buying them (and flushing them down the toilet), which isn’t helped by all the shops offering them at discounted prices beside the till.
- Pick up a soap bar – Leave the shower gel (unless it’s Lush’s naked shower gel) in the shop and pick up a more traditional soap bar instead. You can switch your bottle of face wash/scrub/cleanser to a bar too, and just carry them with you in a tin or soap bag.
- Try tooth tablets – There are lots of different tooth tabs on the market now which eliminate the waste from toothpaste tubes. I use Denttabs which I can buy package free and then keep in a reusable aluminium container. They’re also just much easier and less messy to travel with than tube of toothpaste.
- Swap your plastic razor for a safety one – I ditched plastic disposable razors about a year ago now and it’s one of the best swaps I’ve made. It did take me a few attempts at shaving my legs to feel comfortable and not worry about cutting myself, but now it works perfectly. In fact the only time I did cut myself was when I was trying to put the blade in for the first time.
Are you going on holiday this year? If so, what swaps will you be making?