7 Eco-Friendly Toiletries To Pack For Your Next Trip

Even if you haven’t had a beauty disaster while traveling, you’ve definitely heard of the horror stories. There was that time airport security made your friend leave behind their luxury moisturizer because the jar was 0.2 over the liquid ounces limit, or that moment when a brand-new full-size shampoo spilled all over your suitcase — leaving you with dirty clothes and dehydrated hair. A tragedy. That’s why we always stock up on travel-size products before any trip.

However, as convenient as travel-sized items can be, they can also be bad for the environment. Just imagine all those empty plastic bubble-bath bottles you left in your hotel room floating in a landfill… The solution? Switching your go-to toiletries to eco-friendly options.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best green toiletries on the market. With each product you pack, you’ll be helping the planet and making the TSA officer happy, too.

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Farmacy Freshen Up All-Natural Deodorant Stick

Deodorant is easy for travel when it’s a stick version. This one from Farmacy comes with packaging made of paper and recyclable material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The brand just reminds customers to “peel off the label first.”

Farmacy Freshen Up, $15, available at Farmacy

Youth To The People Youth Mini Travel Duo

Your skin can go through the worst of times when you’re traveling, but you’ll avoid the customary post-plane breakout with this TSA-approved duo that includes a gentle cleanser and antioxidant-packed moisturizer. Both products come in the recyclable packaging used by the plant-based brand.

Youth To The People Youth Mini Travel Duo, $20, available at Youth To The People

Ethique Beauty Lilac In-Shower Container

You can easily carry around a bar of soap — which omits all the plastic used in travel body washes — with this small container made of bamboo & sugarcane. This case also extends the life of your bar soap with the help of vents at the bottom.

Ethique Beauty Lilac In-Shower Container, $15, available at Ethique Beauty

Simple Skincare Mini Hydrating Light Facial Moisturizer

Simple totally revamped its travel-size products. First, the brand made them more eco-friendly (and adorable) by using a pouch with 62% less plastic than the previous packaging. Second, no product will go unused because you can squeeze until the last drop.

Simple Skincare Mini Hydrating Light Facial Moisturizer, $3.49, available at CVS

Isshah Biodegradable Natural Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrushes

These charcoal toothbrushes are biodegradable, unlike the regular plastic options. So, if the thought of traveling on an airplane with a used toothbrush grosses you out, you can toss it in the hotel bin without feeling guilty. Oh, and this set of four comes in under $8, making these brushes budget and environment-friendly.

Isshah Biodegradable Natural Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrushes, $7.99, available at Amazon

Goodwell Co. Pacific Mint Toothpaste

Can’t forget about the toothpaste. This natural peppermint and organic sea salt option comes in sustainable, 100% recyclable packaging.

Free People Goodwell Co. Pacific Mint Toothpaste, $6.99, available at Free People

Alba Botanica Fast Fix Sunscreen Stick

Protect yourself against the sun with this eco-friendly sunscreen that glides on easily and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The packaging is made with recyclable materials, and the biodegradable formula won’t harm the coral reefs (14,000 tons of sunscreen washes off swimmers every year).

Alba Botanica Fast Fix Sunscreen Stick Twin Pack SPF 30, $12.99, available at Target

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