TRAVEL WITH ECO CRED

Look­ing af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment on your trav­els is no longer a trend but a ne­ces­sity. Try these eco-friendly prod­ucts sourced by Gear Edi­tor ME­LANIE VAN ZYL

Getaway (South Africa) - - Contents -

Nine bril­liant things to pack, from toi­letries to socks

1. REITZER ANTI-MOZZIE GLYC­ER­INE SOAP

R48, dis­chem.co.za This soap ticks all the boxes of an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prod­uct: it’s made lo­cally, con­tains only nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents and the pack­ag­ing is made from re­cy­cled board. It smells fresh and wards off mozzies, thanks to the ad­di­tion of cit­ronella, tea tree and le­mon­grass es­sen­tial oils. It lath­ers well so it can be used as a sham­poo too. TIP Pro­tect the ocean and your skin with biodegrad­able Is­land Tribe Nat­u­ral Lab SPF30 sun­screen. R185, faith­ful-to-na­ture.co.za

2. LUSH SHAM­POO BARS AND SOLID TOOTH­PASTE

R130 and R125, lush.co.za Made from or­ganic in­gre­di­ents and sold with­out pack­ag­ing, these in­no­va­tive Solid Sham­poo bars are preser­va­tive-free and work a treat. I love the va­ri­ety of fra­grances avail­able, plus the bars lather well for easy wash­ing. Long-last­ing tins are also avail­able for easy travel. The Toothy Tabs solid tooth­paste is an­other nifty travel toi­letry: nib­ble one mini tablet be­tween your teeth and start brush­ing with a wet tooth­brush. They come in a va­ri­ety of flavours. The bot­tle is made from re­cy­cled ma­te­rial and the store en­cour­ages you to re­turn it once the tablets are fin­ished. Lush is a great eco-ed­u­ca­tion shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence as staff know what goes into all the prod­ucts.

3. PURE BEGIN­NINGS REVITALISING BODY WASH

R89,95, pure­be­gin­nings.co.za Pure Begin­nings is a proudly South African com­pany that makes sus­tain­able prod­ucts with in­gre­di­ents that are nat­u­ral, cer­ti­fied or­ganic wher­ever pos­si­ble, eth­i­cally sourced and traded fairly, plus it pro­vides sup­port to lo­cal ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties. All its body-care prod­ucts, in­clud­ing this handy 250ml travel-size body wash, are free of parabens, syn­thetic fra­grances, alu­minium and petro­chem­i­cals. I love the fra­grance of the baobab and ylang-ylang in this wash, but all of them smell great and leave skin feel­ing soft. TIP Avoid soaps with plas­tic ‘ex­fo­li­at­ing’ mi­crobeads. They are too small to be fil­tered out dur­ing treat­ment and trickle into pre­cious wa­ter sources, and there is sig­nif­i­cant proof they con­trib­ute to wa­ter pol­lu­tion.

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