Make Your Holiday Road Trip Eco-friendly With These Sustainable Products

Do good while having the best time.


Megan Flemmit |

By now you would have heard the stat that by 2050 there’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish. And while big corporations play a massive role in producing waste, collectively, individuals can also have an impact on creating a greener environment by investing in eco-friendly products.

As the year draws to a close we’re all making plans for our next big holiday – whether that’s returning home to our families or going somewhere new. During these trips we often make use of single use products that get disposed of as soon as they served their purpose. And while this is convenient for us, it’s not convenient for the environment. Your plastic waste could end up in the ocean or other sources of water creating a hazard for marine life.

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That’s why we’ve created this list filled with eco-friendly products you could pack on your trip. Consider buying them to make your trip a sustainable one.

Klean Kanteen Steel Straws

As you make your way to your holiday destination, you’ll no doubt keep hydrated. Keep these stainless steel straws from Klean Kanteen in your bag to minimise your reliance of single use plastic ones. These straws are not only durable, but they’re also rust proof and super strong. They come with a straw brush making them easy to clean.

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Green Home Cups

This clean and smart alternative to Styrofoam cups is a must have for any trip. Made from FSC certified wood pulp and lined with a thin layer of corn starch bioplastic, the cups are both watertight and lightweight – perfect for any beverage. The cups are housed in a compostable starch bag making this entire pack compostable. No waste will be left behind.

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Munch Bowls

eco friendly munch bowlsServing your food has never tasted better. These edible crisp wheat bowls from company Munch Bowls can hold any food including hot soups for more than 5 hours. Plus once you’ve eaten your food, you can eat the bowl too. The tasty bowls come in a variety of sizes and flavours, and can kept up to 15 months if stored correctly.

They’re currently only found in Cape Town. Find them at: Vineyard Deli – Kenridge, Bellville, Food Lover’s Market – Newspaper House – Cape Town, TAP & CORK – Franschhoek, SPAR – Plattekloof, Cape Town, SPAR – Cape Quarters, Sea Point, Cape Town.

GreenLite Firelighters

Braai’s are a staple of any holiday trip. Why not make your’s greener with these firelighters that have been upcycled. The earth friendly product is made from recyclable material and vegetable oils. It has a low odour and is easy to handle. Perfect for your summertime braai.

Güdsheet 1ply Toilet Paper

It’s always a good idea to travel with a roll of toilet paper – in case you need to make any emergency stops or even if you’re just camping for the night. The problem comes when you have to dispose of it. With this roll of toilet paper you don’t have to worry about leaving behind waste. Gudsheet is made using eco-friendly sugar cane fibres and wood pulp. The 100% biodegradable toilet paper is safe for sewers and septic tanks. Plus it still feels silky soft.

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Faithful to Nature Bamboo Charcoal Soap

Let’s face it, once you’re done with your trip the little bits of your leftover soap gets left behind. Or your plastic bottle of shower gel hangs around waiting for it’s next use. This Bamboo Charcoal Soap cleanses and gently exfoliates your skin naturally. It’s suitable for all skin types. No artificial ingredients have been used. Instead it’s made from plant-based oils. Plus it comes in a zero waste packing so the product is 100% sustainable.

BALLO Sunglasses

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As we reach peak summer, the one item you need in your arsenal is a good pair of sunnies. But if you’re prone to losing them it’s time to consider getting an eco-friendly pair. Ballo creates eyewear made from upcycled and recycled materials. Each pair is handmade creating employment opportunities. By investing in a pair you’re not just protecting your eyesight, but the environment too, because for every pair sold, the company plants a tree with GreenPop. We like this pair called Duckworth. Check out the rest of their range here.

Nightire Bamboo Mens Boxers Lobster Roll

These boxer shorts available in a funky print is made from ultra-soft organic bamboo fabric. With sweat-wicking and thermoregulating properties it’ll ensure that you stay cool throughout the night. The material is soft and hypoallergenic – perfect for anyone with sensitive skin. Other patterns include a festive pattern and a swimming school print.

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Boody Bamboo Ecowear Men’s Socks

When you have your foot on the pedal for long distances these breathable socks are a lifesaver. They’re made with bamboo yarn which provides ventilation and pulls moisture away from the body. The sustainable and eco-friendly  material is soft and stretchy. The antibacterial and antifungal properties will keep your feet odour free throughout the day.

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Boody Bamboo Ecowear Men’s Boxers

Just like the socks, these boxers are made from bamboo yarn which is soft and stretchy. The breathable material will regulate your temperature on hot summer days, leaving you cool and odour free. Stay comfortable this summer.

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R 165

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Solar Green Solar LED Light

Don’t be left in the dark on your trip. Take this Solar LED Light with you if you’re going camping. It’ll give you extra light at night, plus you’ll be able to charge your cellphone so you can stay connected regardless of where you are. The battery can be charged up to 200 times making this one long lasting light, cost-effective investment.

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Sealand Recylced Jolla Backpack

When you’re done purchasing all these eco-friendly products, pack them all in this bag from Sealand. The Sealand Jolla is made from upcycled and recycled materials. The stylish and durable bag is made from water-resistant nylon adding another layer of protection to the bag. It comes with multiple storage compartments so you can find a place for everything.

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These are some of our favourite eco-friendly products. For more visit Faithful to Nature.

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