I did this little vid on behalf of Alchemy Goods for my Instagram but thought I’d share it here as well so I can talk a little more about why I use each brand. I try to travel with only a carry-on, and previous to this was using one of those giant roll-up hanging kits that I found in a second-hand shop in Austin or a drawstring canvas bag that was the duster bag for my Sonya Kashmiri crossbody bag. For size and safety, this Elliot Dopp Travel Kit works way better, it’s spill-proof, and I can stuff the little plastic zip-lock the airport give you into it.
It’s also eco-friendly and cruelty-free which is key to me, it is made with upcycled inner tubes and waxed canvas, and super-duper durable (in fact, it comes with a limited lifetime warranty). Alchemy Goods has recycled over 500,000 inner tubes thus far in their creations, diverting them from the landfill and providing jobs in their home state of Washington, U.S.A at the same time.
When it comes to super disposable objects, especially a small object (like a cotton ball) we don’t think about the implications its existence truly holds in terms of the cradle-to-grave story, nor how that tale impacts the planet or its inhabitants. Even if you’re using organic cotton balls (so pesticide-free) you’re still creating waste. Basically, by replacing disposable items in your daily routine using reusable ones, you’re reducing our impact on the planet exponentially.
Eco + Ethical How? Both Para Botanica and Nature and Nurture are small businesses, making amazing skincare that is vegan, palm-oil free, philanthropic, organic, ethical, sustainable and housed in glass bottles. Shane and I share our skincare, and both brands offer skincare that works for both of us. I’ve done a review on Para Botanica HERE and Nature and Nurture HERE and I continue to use their products to date. I don’t wear makeup on my skin so my skincare is hugely important to me. I find both of these brands individually or a combination of these two together does wonders for my skin. Para Botanica is based in NYC while Nature and Nurture are based in the UK.
[From Para Botanica]
I travel with: Komala//Jasmine Sandalwood Tonic Mist// Immortal Oil // Haima Skin Dew // Immortal Facial Serum
** you can get the travel-sized versions to trial HERE and then use those as your travel containers once you decide which ones you like
[From Nature and Nurture]
I travel with: their Wrinkle-Repair Night Serum // Youth-Protect Moisturizer // Instant-Lift Eye Gel – I don’t usually travel with the scrub, but it’s amazing.
Eco + Ethical How? I’ve just started testing out this probiotic deodorant by Para Botanica, I’m a huge fan already, I have a huge skin issue with baking soda which is in most eco-friendly / ethically-made deodorants, but this one has proven to not only travel well but also work well. Conventional deodorants have a huge number of harmful ingredients in them.
Where To Buy? parabotanica.com
Need More Info? I wrote a full post about natural deodorants with a number of suggestions of natural brands to try HERE.
Eco + Ethical How? This brand creates medical-grade essential oils, hand-whipped in Brooklyn which I use on every inch of my body. from my chapped lips, sunburnt skin and razor burnt pits from surfing last week in Spain (don’t dry shave with a safety razor in the woods), to my dry, eczema, and wrinkle-prone skin. I use it as eye cream, moisturizer, split end repair, foot cream, and lip gloss … so from the tips of my toes to the top of my head.
Where To Buy? sheabrand.com
Eco + Ethical How? I get dry feet in the summer, so I like to put this baby on before I go to bed with a pair of organic cotton socks over them. Badger Balm is made with essential oils and other natural ingredients and is free of petrolatum or chemicals of any kind.
Where To Buy? amazon.com
Need More Info? I wrote an article last year HERE about making the switch and why it’s so important to break up with disposable anything.
Eco + Ethical How? I try to use my moon cup as much as possible, I’ve found it is the perfect way for me to reduce the amount of waste I’m creating (us women use an estimated 16,800 tampons in our lifetime) while also providing a toxic-free object that I can kind of forget about from morning til night. There are one or two days of my period when it is super duper light that I find it uncomfortable to wear. On such a day I use a light tampon by organic tampon brand Lola. I carry it all in this little wicker box which I tuck away until it is needed.
Need More Info? I wrote an article called DETOX YOUR BOX on my blog HERE which talks about the eco, ethical and health issues of conventional menstrual care products.
Video: Monique Pantel
** there area few affiliate links worked into this post, I get a few cents if you happen to purchase one of the items I use which helps cover some of the time I put into creating these posts!
** the video itself was sponsored by Alchemy Goods who sent me the bag for review. It was intended only for Instagram but I decided to post it on youtube and here as well as I thought this eco, ethical, vegan, palm-free, zero waste products might be a good guide for those searching for solutions!