Monday, December 5, 2022

The 7 Best Essential Eco Travel Accessories for Your Sustainable Holiday Getaway

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Where are you traveling to next? Be sure to do it the sustainable way, with these eco-travel accessories that can help you reduce your carbon footprint.

Don’t let the wanderlust end even as the weather cools. And as emissions-heavy as travel can be these days, we’re extra careful to make sure all of our travel accessories are as sustainable as possible. Here are our top picks to help you travel the eco and stylish way.

Why make your travel accessories sustainable?

Air travel is a leading cause of climate emissions, emitting 100 times more CO2 per hour than busses and trains. Annually, air travel produces one billion tons of CO2 per year—more than the annual emissions of most countries.

While the aviation industry is working to reduce its emissions, it faces challenges including the allowable amount of sustainable aviation fuel, and the weight of electric or hybrid engines.

“Recognizing that the decarbonization of the aviation sector is extremely challenging, the ability of the U.S. aviation sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 will depend on a number of factors including the sector’s rate of growth, success in scaling up the production of SAF with significant life cycle
emissions reductions, the introduction of new aircraft and engine technologies to reduce the amount of fuel required to move people and goods, and operational efficiency improvements,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in its Climate Action Plan last year.

Travel is also inherently wasteful, with single-use plastics rampant in airports, restaurants, and hotels, as well as emissions related to local travel and excursions.

Decreasing your carbon footprint by traveling with eco-friendly accessories also helps to tackle the problems with the fashion and luggage industries, which often rely on plastic and other virgin materials.

The best eco-friendly travel accessories

Whether you bring everything but the kitchen sink or travel light as a feather, do it with the best eco-friendly travel accessories for peace of mind and a serene, guilt-free holiday.

stella mccartney tote

1. Stella McCartney Vegan Leather Tote

Travel rule number one: tote bags. Part purse, part briefcase, part snack central, if you’re traveling (especially with kids) the tote back is an absolute must.

There are lots of great tote bags out there, but Stella McCartney does it like no one. Not only is it roomy and gorgeous, but it’s one of the most eco-friendly bags out there—this bag is made entirely out of plant leather. Times are indeed changing, and this bag is symbolic of all of that. Load it up and enjoy.

2. Gucci Tennis 1977 GG High Top Sneakers

Planes are always on the cool side, and it’s easy to feel a bit vulnerable in sandals in busy places, especially airports. It’s a bit of a pain to re-lace after the TSA scan, but the other added bonus to wearing your big shoes on the plane: it makes it easier to take the smaller carry-on instead of the bigger checked luggage.

Gucci has been upping its sustainable offerings for some time and these eco-washed organic high-tops are the perfect travel and walking shoe. The GG jacquard denim and 1977 label are super cute, and your feet will love the feel of the organic fabric upper, organic cotton lining, and eco-rubber soles.

3. Janessa Leoné Bucket Hat

In this new age of germ awareness, leaning your head against a community seat unprotected isn’t what it used to be. Enter: the bucket hat. Since it’s got a modest brim, you can wear it comfortably on a plane seat. They’re cuter than a standard beanie or baseball cap. And if you haven’t seen the news, they’re super on-trend with everyone from Rihanna, to Hailey Bieber to Brad Pitt sporting them.

This cute bucket hat from Janessa Leoné offers up double duty if you’re heading someplace where it rains. It’s waterproof nylon, cute, and easily packable if you don’t take it with you on the plane. Leoné’s ethos centers around conscious consumption, making informed choices, and offering higher quality products. “Our mission is to build a business that enriches the lives of our employees, artisans, the customers we serve, the communities we are a part of, and the world in which we live,” the website reads.

4. Paravel Luggage

The first step to sustainable travel is sustainable luggage! Paravel is definitely a leader when it comes to eco-friendly suitcases as most of their designs feature a recycled polycarbonate exterior, recycled aluminum handles, vegan leather details, and even recycled zippers. All in, this set above is made from 31 post-consumer plastic water bottles. 

Overly organized travelers take note: the travel cubes that come with this set help keep all of your clothes tidy and organized, and they fit perfectly into the suitcase.

5. Tata Harper Travel Essentials

This 6-step routine from clean beauty pioneers, Tata Harper lets you take your skincare routine with you, wherever you go and without the hassle of big bulky leak-prone products.

The travel-sized essentials bundle includes everything you need to keep your skin clean, acne-free, and glowing while traveling including a cleanser, mask, floral essence, serum, moisturizer, and face oil.

6. House of Marley Headphones

Noise-canceling headphones are an absolute must when traveling. They are also extremely helpful when you’re working on the road from cafes or have to join a conference call while on the go. 

These wireless headphones from eco-tech brand House of Marley are sleek, stylish, and sustainable. They are designed with FSC certified wood, recyclable aluminum, durable stainless steel and shipped in 100 percent recyclable packaging. They are also equipped with 30 hours of playtime and a travel-friendly foldable design.

7. Nimble Portable Charger

If your travel is always a mix of work and play, you probably suck the juice out of your phone by noon. Traveling with a portable charger is a game changer and life saver. 

You’ll love this compact charger from Nimble because it is smaller than a pack of cards and easily fits into any purse or pack. The 10,000 mAh holds a battery for up to 3 days of power, plenty to charge up my iPhone as many times as needed. The design is made with 100 percent recycled plastic and ships in plastic-free packaging as well.

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