Who has said that being an environmentalist traveler is impossible?
You don’t need to be Greta Thunberg and travel by a solar catamaran, but there are small things you can do from now on to become an environmentalist traveler.
Today I’m giving you three tips to start caring for the planet, while traveling in an easy and practical way. And this isn’t only for when you travel! three products You can use these products in your daily life. They are comfortable to use in your home and anywhere in the world.
1. Sun protection for the environmentalist traveler:
One of the big problems on the coast and beach ecosystems is the damage caused by oil-based sunscreens on corals and marine wildlife. Here’s the sunblock that I use.
I have been using ISDIN on my ultrasensitive skin all my life. They have this gel formula that is absorbed by your skin quickly and on top of that, it’s biodegradable, so while protecting yourself from the sun you also protect the ocean and its ecosystem. If you want to travel to the Riviera Maya, you have to use biodegradable sunscreens or take a shower before entering one of its famous cenotes. They shouldn’t have to force us to use this kind of sunscreen!
Of course, if you are going to be aaaaaall day at the beach, use only this sun cream. Don´t wear deodorants, perfumes or hair products that don’t contain biodegradable formulas because your efforts would be useless and you would continue contaminating.
2. Eco hydration:
You probably know that it is much better to take your bottle from home and fill it wherever you go. It is the basic step for an environmentalist traveler.
Due to a health condition, I must drink more water than the average and I carry with me my one-liter steel bottle, perfect for traveling. It is resistant and light. There are smaller sizes, in case a liter seems too much. It is cheap, with a wide mouth so you can clean it well and even put ice inside if you want.
In some countries I have found that they sell water in bulk in large plastic bags instead of by bottles. You can store the plastic bag in the hostel’s fridge and refill your bottle. When it is finished you can reuse the bag to store food, clothes or shoes because it is very resistant.
3. Green purchases:
Cloth bags. If you’re already used to carrying cloth bags at home because they don’t give you the plastic ones in the supermarket, bring them with you also when you travel. As I spend a lot of time outside and I usually cook in the hostels, I have this set of organic cotton bags to buy fruit, vegetables and legumes in bulk. You can also use them to organize your clothes inside the backpack or do laundry.
I can assure you that it is one of the best purchases I have made because of the versatility it offers and the amount of plastic I save with them. They are made of very resistant and washable cotton.
As you have seen, these are three NON expensive tips / products that allow you to start caring for the planet while traveling and becoming a good environmentalist traveler.
If you have more advice and other organic products that you use while traveling, leave me a comment. I am delighted to continue learning with you.
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