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    24 Eco-Friendly Things To Take On Your Travels In 2020

    Whether you're travelling by coach, train, or plane – these will have you covered.

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    1. These bamboo toothbrushes are a great alternative to the plastic ones you might usually buy – they’re kinder to the environment, and are still more compact than your at-home chunky electric model!

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    The set comes with bamboo cotton buds and dental floss which, trust me, will come in exceedingly handy on your travels – and which you might have otherwise forgotten to pack. The packaging is also plastic-free and biodegradable!

    Price: £6.99

    2. And this toothbrush case is made from bamboo – to match your new toothbrush, obvs.

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    It’s handmade, smooth to the touch, and customers swear it's super sturdy – so your toothbrush won't fall out in a hurry.

    Price: £2.33

    3. You can reuse these mini travel bottles so you don’t have to waste entire bottles of beauty products on one short trip.

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    They have a leak-proof design and are made from silicone, meaning you can squeeze out every last drop of product. You can also fold them up easily when they’re empty so they won’t take up extra space in your suitcase – one last souvenir haul anyone?

    Price: £8.99 for a pack of four.

    4. Save on packing extra beauty products by taking this washable and reusable makeup remover pad which only needs water to get your face properly clean!

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    Not only are you saving space in your luggage, but you're also not chucking away loads of cotton pads and makeup wipes which can end up in landfill. Customers swear this cloth is really effective at removing all their makeup while still feeling really soft on the skin.

    Price: £2.99

    5. This eco-friendly beach towel is lightweight and made from a sustainable material!

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    The 100% cotton material is fast-drying and sand resistant(!), it’s ethically made in Turkey, and the extra-large size still folds up super small so will pack really easily.

    Price: £17.95

    6. These biodegradable body wipes are perfect if you’re going somewhere where you won’t be able to shower for a while, or if you want to keep fresh and clean in the humid heat.

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    These super-large wipes are 100% biodegradable, and if you’re using them out in the open you can even burn them (they’re made from bamboo instead of plastic fibres) to get rid of the waste immediately. Customers love that these are genuinely scent-free and get rid of sweat and dirt more easily than other wipes.

    Price: £8.49

    7. If you’re travelling for a while, this soap saver will make your soap dry faster and last way longer.

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    The porous design allows the soap to ~breathe~ helping it to dry super quickly (attempting to maneuver a slimy bar of soap back into your toiletries bag? Not fun.) You can trim it to fit any size of soap dish, and it cleans really easily under running water.

    Price: £3.98

    8. There’s no detergent required with this laundry egg, so if the place you’re going to has a washing machine you won’t need to buy (and waste) a whole bottle on one trip.

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    Customers say this leaves their clothes smelling fresh without the often harsh detergent smell, and one egg will last you around 210 washes, so you can carry on using it at home, too!

    Price: £12.99

    9. And if you’re going somewhere with no washing machine in sight, you can pack this Scrubba wash bag so you can have clean laundry wherever you go.

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    It uses way less water than a washing machine – the flexible inner washboard will wash your clothes in minutes. This is the mini version, so it’s great for washing socks and undies, and you can easily fit it into an already-bursting suitcase, but it also comes in bigger sizes too!

    Price: £32.00

    10. And these 100% natural soap nuts will wash your clothes effectively without the need for chemical detergents.

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    They’re way easier to pack than a bottle of washing detergent, and you can take as much or as little as you think you’ll need.

    Price: £10.99 for 1kg.

    11. This vegan sun cream sinks into the skin easily and is full of plant-based goodness.

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    It has a non-comedogenic formula (so it won’t clog your pores), customers say this doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin, and it comes in SPF 50, 30, and 15 to suit your needs.

    Price: £8.95 - £9.95 depending on SPF.

    12. This cute and compact lip balm uses 100% natural ingredients, is great for all types of weather, and has that all-important SPF.

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    I've been burned before...

    Price: £3.99

    13. This backpack made from recycled plastic bottles folds up really small, so it’s super easy to pack as extra baggage when you need it.

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    Even though it’s really lightweight, it still has plenty of compartments and is surprisingly sturdy!

    Price: £15.99

    14. This book has great tips on how you can be a more sustainable traveler.

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    If you want to travel in an eco-friendly way but just don’t know how, this is a good starting point – from recommendations on how to travel with zero waste to minimising your impact when travelling for work, this book covers pretty much all the bases.

    Price: £11.90

    15. This reusable razor is plastic-free and way more effective than disposable razors – for the perfect shave while on the go.

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    The bamboo and stainless steel design is strong and durable, so it’s sure to last you way beyond your travels (plus the blades are super easy to replace and recycle!)

    Price: £16.49

    16. This toiletry bag has a 100% recycled plastic lining and will hold all your holiday essentials neatly in one place.

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    If you’re a frequent traveller, the multiple compartments of this wash bag make it invaluable when it comes to packing for multiple trips. Customers say this is absolutely worth the money – the materials used are super high quality, it has a detachable clear bag that you can use for your carry-on bits and bobs, AND you can post it back to the manufacturer to recycle when it’s time to say goodbye.

    Price: £49.00

    17. If you can’t go without your morning brew, this collapsible coffee cup is really easy to take with you everywhere.

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    With a leak-proof design you won’t have to worry about your coffee or tea spilling everywhere!

    Price: £7.49

    18. This reusable water bottle has a slim design and a secure handle, making it easy to pack and travel with.

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    The sleek design (which comes in 11 colours) will fit easily into your backpack or luggage, but still has a surprisingly large capacity of 650ml – so there’s no need to keep buying disposable bottles of water throughout your hols!

    Price: £14.99

    19. And if you’re in an area that doesn’t have entirely clean tap water, then you can use these water purifying tablets.

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    These bad boys claim to kill harmful water-borne organisms – with one tablet making 1 litre of water safe enough to drink.

    Price: £3.69 for a pack of 100 tablets.

    20. You can pack a menstrual cup as a space-saving and plastic-free alternative to your current period products.

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    This one is loved by customers – scoring a 4.5-star average rating with 488 reviews! It’s reusable, so much kinder to the environment than single-use tampons and sanitary pads, and it won’t let that time of the month stop you from taking a dip in the pool.

    Price: £15.52 for the smaller size A cup (available in sizes A and B).

    21. A Kindle is the obvious choice for any avid reader that wants to cut down their paper usage (and baggage weight!)

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    ‘Cause nobody likes the feeling of forgetting their favourite book at home – with a 4GB storage capacity, you can pretty much keep an entire library in this little guy. It has an adjustable front light too, which lets you read comfortably in different levels of light.

    Price: £69.99 (it's available in black and white).

    22. You can use a collapsible straw instead of the plastic ones that are still the standard in many countries.

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    This one has a really pretty rose-gold coloured case which is easy to clip onto your bag or keys, and it comes with a cleaning brush so you can keep it hygienic throughout the day.

    Price: £4.99

    23. You can use one of these carry-on approved reusable bags to hold your liquids instead of the disposable ones you can get at the airport.

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    They’re transparent, so if you use the extra one to pack toiletries, you can find your things easily when it comes to unpacking.

    Price: £7.86 for a set of two.

    24. And finally, this plant-based insect repellent really keeps the creepy crawlies at bay.

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    Customers say this has a yummy citrusy scent, and is much kinder to the skin than other insect repellants – it’s even safe for babies from three months old!

    Price: £8.99