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You have to catch that dreaded red-eye flight to attend a work meeting or fly across the globe for your sister’s wedding and then come back home on the next available flight. This means you need to cram your life into a small carry-on bag, and it seems like everything you need for your trip comes in small plastic containers, which albeit convenient, add to the already growing mountains of toxic waste building up in landfills. It’s a challenging endeavor, but for the eco-friendly traveler, the need for sustainable packing trumps the need for convivence and with these items, packing your sustainable carry-on is as easy as sitting back, closing your eyes, and enjoying your flight.

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  1. GRAYL Bottles

Between the tiny plastic cups on airplanes and the overpriced plastic bottles in airports, staying hydrated while traveling sustainably can become quite the challenge. Luckily, the geniuses at GRAYL have created the perfect eco-friendly water purification system. Equipped with a recyclable inner filtering system, the reusable GRAYL bottles safely filters 99.99% of all pathogens, pesticides, and chemicals present in any water source you decide to tap into, and it’s as easy as pressing a button. Plus, their bottles are spill-free and ergonomically designed to fit in most backpack or suitcase pockets so you can stay hydrated without sacrificing luggage space. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes created to match your needs and stay hydrated in an eco-friendly way while traveling the world.

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Keeping your skin radiant and safe from the sun is a must when traveling, whether your destination is a tropical island, a dry desert or a snowy valley. Luckily, long gone are the days of toxic, chemical-ridden skin-care products thanks to MANDA. Their sunscreen features a chemical-free, organic creamy lotion with SPF 50 protection that comes in a fully recyclable bio-plastic tube and is not animal tested. Unlike regular sunscreens, MANDA manufactures reef-safe sunscreens and lotions that won’t harm these delicate habitats, and since their products are chemical-free, they come without the environmental impact of mining for the harmful minerals that regular sunscreen contains. So, rain or shine, keep your skin looking young and UV-ray safe with this lush, sustainable, durable, eco-friendly sunscreen.

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A piece of essential carry-on packing, common toothbrushes is, unfortunately, a huge pollutant. At least 90% of their composition is non-biodegradable plastic and they’re highly toxic for the environment. The bulk of the toothbrush’s body and the nylon from the bristles take hundreds of years to decompose, leaving a hazardous footprint on our planet. Thanks to BRUSH NAKED bamboo toothbrush, the years of wasteful tooth care are behind us. The body of the toothbrush is made from 100% durable bamboo and has a smooth, aesthetically pleasing design. The bristles are made from 100% organic corn and tapioca and are removable so you can compost or recycle the bamboo handle when the bristles wear out. They come in a variety of sizes and colors and are package-free, so you don’t have to add any extra waste to your purchase. BRUSH NAKED has manufactured the perfect tool for the traveler who wants to stay clean on the go, without compromising sustainability.

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Shampoo and conditioner bottles account for about 80 billion plastic containers per year. Unfortunately, the hospitality industry is responsible for a big chunk of that number with the tiny complimentary toiletry bottles people love to collect and which are restocked several times a week. As scary as the numbers are, toiletries and personal hygiene products are impossible to avoid even when traveling sustainably. Luckily there are companies like ETHIQUE who manufacture eco-friendly, waste-free, bio-degradable shampoo bars for the conscious traveler. Not only are shampoo bars super convenient because they take up little space in your bag, but they are also plastic-free, vegan, palm oil-free, don-t leak, and last a really long time (3 bottles worth). By changing that pesky plastic shampoo bottle for a small, waste-free and convenient shampoo bar, you’ll be adding to the positive change the world so desperately needs.

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Now that you’ve got all your sustainable carry-on items, you’ll need a stylish, convenient way of storing them while keeping your carry-on bag mess-free. EARTH HERO is an eco-friendly manufacturer of sustainable products designed to make your life easier wherever your travels may take you. Their toiletry bags are made from 100% recycled materials, chemical-free and organic, and are produced in a low emission facility that doesn’t test on animals or exploit their surrounding sources of water. Their toiletry bags are durable, stylish, waterproof and they come in a variety of colors and textures, so you don’t have to compromise style for sustainability.

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So now you know, sustainability, convenience, and comfort can go hand in hand when you’re packing your sustainable carry-on bag or when choosing your eco-friendly hotel. So, the next time you’re planning your trip, remember to stock up on these essentials and enjoy your journey while taking care of the planet.

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