Zero Waste Travel: Toiletries
I'm bringing you this post together with Biome. Australia's only 100 % palm oil free and cruelty free store who promotes a more conscious and waste free lifestyle.
I'm slowly getting ready for my long journey home. It's going to be about 24 hours of flying and this time I will try to travel as waste free as possible. Flying itself already has such a huge impact on the environment, not to mention the amount of waste we produce at airports and up in the air. This is why I thought it would be an interesting challenge and an eye opening experience to travel waste free. In the first part of these series (there's a second post coming up) I'll be talking about the carry on toiletries that I'll be using during the flight and the layover. Shall we have a look what I will be bringing with me?
Biome gifted me a beautiful zero waste travel kit that I've used throughout this post. It includes jars and tins that are perfect for your own zero waste travel products. All of the containers are small enough (15-100 ml) for you to bring through airport security. Get a notebook ready as I've come up with a few easy diy products alongside with some natural products that you probably already have laying around at home.
It's always nice to know that you've got clean hands when travelling. I made my own natural hand sanitiser to keep my hands clean. You will need 2 tbsp of which hazel + five drops if tea tree essential oil + boiled water. Optional: if you have an aloe vera plant add some off the 'gel' into the bottle for some extra moisturiser.
I'll be bringing along a few reusable cotton wipes as they are great for any kind of washing were you need a cloth of some sort.
A classic Soap bar in a travel tin is a great zero waste product for whenever you'll need to give yourself a wash. I'm using this beautiful soap bar.
I made my very own zero waste deodorant and I'll be bringing it with me on the plane. It definitely passes the sweat proof test as I've worn it for a few days around home. It also smells lovely and fresh! To make your own deodorant you'll need 2 tbsp coconut oil (runny) + 1/4 cup bicarb soda + 1/4 cup corn starch + five drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Mix together and let set in the fridge for a few moments.
Skin + Face
Apple cider vinegar + jojoba oil
For my face I'll bring along apple cider vinegar that can be used as a natural face toner and the jojoba oil will give my skin some well needed extra moisture. It's very important to nourish your skin as flying is extremely drying. Also make sure to drink lots of water during the flight for keeping the skin and body hydrated.
As an over all moisturiser I'll bring along pure coconut oil. It could also be used for oil pulling and cleansing my face on the airport if I feel like that's needed.
I'm also brining along my hemp face scrubby to ensure I get rid of excess dead skin and also create more blood flow.
Bamboo toothbrush + toothpaste
One has to brush their teeth when travelling for more than a day. I'm brining along my bamboo toothbrush of course. When it comes to toothpaste I've made my very own. To make your own toothpaste you'll need 2 tbsp coconut oil (runny) + 1 tbsp bicarb soda + 1 tsp activated charcoal (optional) + a few drops eucalyptus essential oil. Just combine the ingredients and let the paste set in the fridge for a few moments.
Not exactly related to dental health, but the lips are a part of the mouth right? I tend to get dry lips when flying and the coconut oil I already mentioned can be used for this purpose. Another great thing is raw sugar that I'll be using as a lip scrub. It doesn't get much easier than this?
+ Reusable ziplock bag
Last but not least I've got a reusable ziplock bag for all of the liquids that I'll be bringing along with me on the plane. No need for those single use plastic bags that are handed out at the airport security checks. You'll be way more organised if you pack your liquids in your own reusable ziplock bag beforehand.
I hope this post gave you a few new ideas and maybe you'll also attempt zero waste travel toiletries?