Heading away on another exciting adventure and in search of some stylish travel accessories and useful essentials that are eco-friendly or ethically-produced or both? Congrats, you’ve landed on the right page!
From responsibly-made travel wallets to travel pouches, bumbags to sustainably-made backpacks, we have you covered so you can focus on using your time to do research and creating a fabulous travel itinerary instead!
Note: This is not a zero waste travel list so you won’t find reusable cutlery sets, bamboo toothbrushes and water bottles on this page. If you’re after those products however, this page has what you’re after.
Let’s face it, rummaging around for items in your suitcase or at the bottom of a backpack or tote bag is annoying AF. That’s why this responsibly-made travel pouch from Certified B Corporation Bellroy is genius; it helps you conveniently pack and store your items – and you avoid the stress and headaches of searching for a lip balm, charger or battery pack. Buy a couple of them if you’re packing for two or more people and that way you’re all organised.
Made from durable nylon fabric and environmentally certified leather and can hold cables, toiletries, cosmetics, personal items and more. Available in several colours and comes with a three-year warranty too.
Price starts A$65. Get your Bellroy travel pouch here.
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A travel wallet is essential for organising your passport, itinerary and other travel documents, and this handcrafted one by Noord Official is ideal for the fashionable jetsetter.
Made of genuine leather and canvas, this limited edition, handcrafted travel wallet features a couple of card slots, multiple compartments for holding passport, tickets and currency and a mesh pocket for easy-to-view documents and a convenient pen holder.
Prices start A$76.38. Available in a few styles and colours. Purchase your travel wallet here.
For sustainably stylish, weatherproof backpacks, WAYKS has you covered. The modular and minimalist design exudes modern sophistication. Made of fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles and responsibly produced in a Vietnamese factory that meets high labor standards, you can travel knowing that your bag hasn’t harmed the earth or exploited other people.
These backpacks are also super functional, with many compartments in which to organise your laptop, travel documents, chargers and other travel items. There’s even an option to purchase additional accessories such as travel storage blocks and camera bag if you so desire.
Price starts at €229.00 Choose from two styles: Day Backpack and the Travel Backpack. Browse their entire sustainable travel bag collection here.
This EVESA Design handmade travel eye mask is perfect for air flights and long trips. This handmade mask is padded with a layer of black felt for ultimate relaxation and light blocking. Comes in classic black and white stripe print, and made from cotton fabric and you have the option of organic, black flannel fabric or black satin fabric for the back. High quality lingerie satin elastic is used to fit the mask.
Affordably priced at A$16.78, get yours from Etsy here.
For hands-free travel, you’ll need a minimalist belt/hip bag from Swiss label QWSTION. Featuring sustainable materials such as organic cotton, organic cotton canvas and Bananatex® made from 100% organic Abacá (banana tree) and vegetable tanned leather, these bags are designed and developed in Zurich, and manufactured in Asia and the EU according to fair labor standards.
Prices for hip pouches and bags start from $120. Available in a variety of colours and fabrics. Browse the entire QWSTION travel collection here.
To liven any commute, these fashionable handcrafted Happy-Nes Apple earbud-style earphones make a great addition to a music lover’s travel set. These Celestia Earphones feature a built-in microphone and remote for adjusting volume and play-back. It also has lightning input and is compatible with your iPhone and other Apple products. By purchasing these ethical Happy-Nes earphones and you’ll also be donating to Tohum Autism Foundation for kids in need of social education and help realise their dreams.
Price US$59.95. Buy it here.
This gorgeous, ethically made, naturally-dyed cotton MINNA scarf is ideal for enhancing any outfit or just keeping you warm on the plane. Made by skilled and fairly-paid artisans in Mexico, Guatemala and Uruguay. Available in a wide range of patterns, colors, and textures, the scarf will make a perfect addition to any travel wardrobe. Mix, match or just throw over when it gets cool, it’s completely up to you.
Prices start at US$78. Browse the entire scarf collection on Made Trade here.
If you’re an outdoorsy type or just despise squinting and need a pair of eco-friendly sunglasses, you’ll love Proof Eyewear. An Idaho-based American label run by three brothers, Proof is a true, small family-run business. Each pair of sunglasses is handcrafted from eco-friendly materials including FSC-certified wood, cotton-based acetate, and recycled materials such as repurposed skateboard decks. The brand also have a “Do Good Program” where they donate to community projects including building eye clinics in India, child soldier rehabilitation in Africa, and other social projects in El Salvador.
Prices start from US$68. Browse the Proof Eyewear collection here.
You can’t go travelling without this travel staple and the one we’re loving is the sustainably-made Bellroy ‘Dopp Kit’ for packing your toiletries, cosmetics and other bathroom essentials.
Made from water-resistant high-quality woven nylon fabric, it has a toothbrush sleeve with magnetic closure, mesh pockets for easy organisation and comes with a three-year warranty.
Priced at A$75, it comes in just two colours, navy and black. Grab yours here.
Designed by Gongjang, a Korean eco-friendly stationery brand and made in Korea, this travel notebook is made of recycled paper and printed with eco-friendly soy ink. Perfect for jotting down observations, scribbling travel notes or planning your itinerary. It also contains a world map and pages to organise your packing list, accommodation, shopping list, money plan, monthly schedule, travel memos and other personal data. This makes the perfect travel companion whether you’re travelling alone or with others.
Price A$23.24. Purchase from Etsy here.
11. Reformation Corsica Sandals
If you’re heading to a tropical destination and want to travel in comfort and arrive in sustainable style, Reformation‘s Corsica Sandals will do the trick. Made from 100% chrome-free (chrome is hazardous and is a human carcinogen) vegetable-tanned Cow Nappa Leather (sorry vegans and vegetarians!) you’ll look uber fashionable on and off the plane, train, ferry or yacht and everywhere in between. (Note: If you’re after cruelty-free sandals, we recommend you check out this page).
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Disclosure: All prices are correct at time of publishing. This curated list does not fully take into account all the ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying special attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. This list also includes affiliate links. Click here to read more about our policies.
Feature image of ethically-made toiletries bag ‘Dopp Kit’ via Bellroy.