It seems with every passing day, people are becoming increasingly aware of their direct impact on the planet and are making changes, both big and small, to try and reduce the negative effects of their lifestyle on the natural world. Whether you’ve switched to a plant-based diet, you’ve chosen to take the bus to get to work rather than drive, or you’re planning a staycation instead of flying; each step, when done collectively, can make a huge difference. With a heating planet, degraded soils, global plastic problem and more, many of us are feeling empowered to make a change and are becoming more conscious of our daily choices.

Shampoo and Conditioner Bar

A quick and easy toiletry switch, you can reduce your plastic use as well as give your hair a health boost! Shampoo and conditioner bars are continually growing in popularity, and the ingredients, scents, smells and results you can choose from are equally as varied as the plastic-packaged alternatives. Whether you choose to purchase yours from a high street brand or you’re keen to support the rise of the independent, when you get your hands on one of these, there will be no looking back!

Tip: to keep your shampoo and conditioner bars in the best condition, as well as ensure you get the maximum number of washes out of them, avoid leaving them in any water and let them completely dry out in-between use.

Face and Body Soap

Bars of soap in a bowl.

Like with your shampoo and conditioner, making a switch to soap bars for your hands, face and body is equally as achievable and will go a long way in making your travel bag more eco-friendly. There are so many soap varieties available, meaning you can still have the vibrant smells you’re used to, and enjoy an equally as good, if not better, fresh out of the shower feeling!

Bamboo Toothbrush

While many bamboo toothbrushes aren’t entirely plastic-free, they do have considerably less than the usual. Usually, the handle and packaging (including glues) of bamboo toothbrushes are made from plant-based materials, but for some, the bristles aren’t. There are a few brands out there which are researching and developing all-natural and compostable components, so keep your eyes on the market for any updates.

Solid Deodorant

A revolutionary product; solid deodorants are not only better for the planet but are better for your body too! Both roll-on and aerosol deodorants are difficult to recycle, and the latter is made from aluminium. Despite the metal being one of the most plentiful on the planet, the extraction is costly!

Reusable Water Bottle and Coffee Cup

A person pouring a drink from a thermos

Viewers across the world were glued to their screens during David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, and for very good reason. The BBC programme highlighted the global plastic pollution problem, and following the show, many of us made the simple switch to a reusable water bottle and coffee cup. This one may go without saying but bringing along your own will mean you can grab a drink on the go, without generating any waste.

Reusable Bag or Backpack

A girl walking through the woods with a backpack on.

Picking up some groceries or need to take a few things out with you for a day? It’s likely if you bring along a reusable bag or backpack (and remember to take it out with you), that it will, at some point during your holiday, come in useful!

Enjoy Your Existing WardrobeA rail with second-hand clothing on it.

Guardian Journalist, Sarah Butler, recently wrote in a report that “Overall, the fashion industry as a whole is contributing more to climate change than the aeronautical and shipping industries combined”. You don’t need a new outfit for every day of your holiday, and it’s likely that you already have a least one or two outfits in your wardrobe that you can take with you. If you’re still keen to treat yourself to something different, why not go to a vintage sale, charity shop or swap a few items with a friend?

With an eco-friendly travel bag, should come eco-friendly travel! No fly holidays are on the rise, and with so much beauty here in the UK, there’s a good reason! Make your break a one to remember and enjoy a stay in an accommodation option that is as quirky and unique as you! We have glamping in Wales, Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Cornwall, Scotland and more! Why not have a browse and find your dream holiday home!

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