When embarking on trips growing up, I was accustomed to buying a travel-size everything because it was easy and quick and usually last minute. Especially since liquids have to be limited to 3oz containers or less for air travel, picking up a pre-made size seemed like the only headache-free option.
All of those disposable, single-use bottles and tubes use unnecessary amounts of resources for production though and many parts of them cannot be recycled. For my husband and my upcoming trip to the UK, I did a little planning ahead of time to try and take better care of the planet this time in regards to our travel-sized toiletries. Here's what I'm learning:
1. Save a few small, light bottles, tins & tubs in advance
Before being more aware of my impact on the health of the world, I bought some toiletries that came in small, plastic bottles and saved a couple for travel or making my own products (it's the artist's "I'll use it for a project someday" mentality). Of course, I haven't made anything to put in them but they make great travel-size dispensers for lotion, contact solution, toothpaste and hair products. Just transfer the amount you'll need for your trip from your regular-sized product.
I also saved a few tiny tubs and am using one for a little bit of coconut oil (*TMI ALERT* Pure coconut oil makes a really great lubricant as does olive oil and castor oil. Just test a little bit on your inner arm before using to make sure you're not allergic). Lip balm and pomade tins are great for powdered toiletries like dry shampoo and a travel size portion of this blush that I'm using.
2. Buy Re-Usable Tubes
Don't have any little containers stored up or need a few more? Buy re-usable tubes that can be used many times. Lots of people love the GoToob by Humangear because they are guaranteed to last a lifetime, are easy to squeeze and come with different labels and colors for customization. I just bought this pack of zip tubes by Tubism because they are made in California, are re-usable and recyclable. I also really like how the whole bottoms of the tubes open for easy filling and how they will gradually take up less room in my bag as I use the product inside.
3. Look for Eco-Friendly Travel-Size Toiletries
Despite most travel toiletries being carelessly and wastefully made, there are some wonderful products out there that make traveling easier and keep the Earth in mind as well. La Fresh makes toiletries in the form of wipes that are 100% biodegradable with recyclable packaging. Depending on the length of your trip, you can buy a large pack of wipes that come in one package or you can buy a pack of individuals to take for a weekend adventure. To avoid staining my Airbnb hosts' washcloths with makeup, I'm taking a pack of the Face Cleanser Wipes. All of their wipes are also made in California using clean, renewable solar energy! Anchors Hair Company makes several different pomades and they all come in a 2.5 oz, recyclable jar. The base is plastic which is much lighter than glass, but still recyclable!