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Ecotourism: Preserving natural beauty with environmentally safe toiletries

13/07/2018 by Hannah

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The world is our oyster and British holiday makers are flocking to far-flung destinations in search of exotic beaches and eco-friendly experiences. Concerned about the impact your holiday toiletries could be having on the local environment? Read on to discover the best environmentally-safe toiletries to take with you on your travels.

WHICH GREEN PEOPLE TRAVEL TOILETRIES ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE?

The active ingredients used in Green People formulations are all derived from natural sources and are readily biodegradable. Careful consideration is also given to using preservatives that have a minimal environmental impact and, to further help safeguard our planet from pollutants, the majority of Green People packaging is 100% recyclable. Read more about our recyclable packaging here.

OUR ECO-TRAVEL PACKING TIPS:

OPT FOR REEF-FRIENDLY SUN CREAM

Despite our best intentions of travelling responsibly, it seems that holiday makers could unintentionally be contributing to a tide of ocean pollution. As much as 25% of sun lotion ingredients can end up in the sea, and Hawaii has recently taken the decision to ban some sun creams due to concerns that their ingredients could be harming marine life[i].

To help safeguard our seas from toxic ingredients, pack a reef-safe sun lotion. Green People avoids the use of chemicals that have been found to cause harm to the marine environment and donates 30p from the sale of the marine-friendly Scent Free SPF30 Sun Lotion and Children’s Scent Free SPF30 Sun Lotion to work undertaken by The Marine Conservation Society.

SWITCH TO ECO-FRIENDLY SHOWER PRODUCTS

Trekking through the jungle or reaching new heights camping in the mountains this summer? When packing your camping essentials bear in mind that, if you bathe in the rivers, the ingredients in your shampoo and shower gel will end up in the water with you. To keep our streams and rivers clear of toxic chemicals consider packing environmentally-safe toiletries made with non-toxic, natural ingredients instead. 

All Green People shower gels, shampoos and conditioners are made with natural plant actives and won’t have adverse effects on the environment when washed onto the ground or into water. Packing light? Pack our Superfood Starter Set which contains 30ml sizes of our Quinoa shower gel and hair care.

SAVE SPACE WHEN FLYING SHORT-HAUL

Staying close to home to minimise your carbon footprint? Don’t let hand-luggage restrictions stop you from packing your favourite non-toxic Green People products. To make packing our environmentally-safe toiletries easier than ever we’ve created five new starter skin care sets which each contain 30ml sizes of our sun care, hair care and skin care.

BRUSH ASIDE TRICLOSAN

Triclosan is commonly added to toothpaste but reports have expressed concern that the ingredient could have a toxic effect on our environment. It is considered to be a pollutant by the EU[iii] and in 2014 it was suggested that 450 bodies of water in the UK may contain excessive levels of Triclosan. For a Triclosan-free toothpaste try Green People’s range of natural toothpastes. These natural formulas protect the mouth from bacteria and are safe to swallow, making them great for campers with limited access to sinks and bathroom facilities.

Holiday starter pack

HAVE A VEGAN VACATION

As veganism continues to grow in popularity around the world, the vegan travel industry is booming! According to the travel experts at TUI, Thailand is a particularly popular destination for vegans thanks to the nation’s Buddhists roots and meat-free lifestyle[ii]. To make packing your vegan toiletries easier than ever we mark all our vegan skin, hair and sun care products with The Vegan Society’s logo. We also make our vegan sun lotion in hand-luggage friendly 100ml and 30ml sizes.

ECO-TRAVEL ESSENTIALS


Are you planning an eco-holiday this summer? Let us know by using #GreenYourRoutine on social, or leave us a comment below.


[i] https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/03/hawaii-becomes-first-us-state-to-ban-sunscreens-harmful-to-coral-reefs

[ii] https://www.tui.co.uk/destinations/discover/style/vegan-friendly-holiday-tips

[iii] https://www.gov.uk/government/news/biocides-approvals-withdrawn

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