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Travel without contributing to the global trash crisis

We’ve rounded up the top products to help you keep your environmental footprint low while traveling, without sacrificing on style.

 

Outstanding Alternatives to Plastic Water Bottles

I want to stop buying single use plastic bottles when I travel, but I can't drink the local water...

BEST WATER BOTTLE + FILTER COMBO

If you’re looking for an all-in-one water bottle + filter, then look no further.

The Grayl has a push filter, which is way easier than the straw-based options, and it has a strong enough filter for you to go full Bear Grylls and drink your own pee. 

Get a Grayl bottle for around US$60.

BEST FILTER + RESERVOIR COMBO

My family and I have been using Platypus filters for years. These are great for a group trip: hang a filter bag up in the morning or at night, let it drain into your bag/Nalgene/etc. and out the door you go.

It rolls up into a tiny bag and can filter SIX THOUSAND liters of water. 

Get your Platypus filter set here for around US$100.

BEST STRAW

It doesn’t come any smaller or any cheaper than this. While you can’t use this for all your drinking needs (unless you have unlimited time / lung power), it’s a compact filter that does the trick in a pinch.

Bonus: this filter makes for a great little present to bring when visiting communities!

Get your Lifestraw here for around US$15

Debris-Free Dive Kits

Ever find yourself underwater and unsure how to pick up some trash? Project Aware has some great multi-purpose kits to get you started as a qualified debris-free diving.

BEST MULTI-PURPOSE MESH DIVE BAG

Project Aware

These mesh bags are sold for a nominal amount (around US$10) by the Project Aware charity group. It’s a guaranteed conversation starter for the next time you go diving or snorkeling.

Bonus– you can wash the bag and use it for carrying dirty/ wet swimming gear.

Check out Project Aware’s Debris-Free Diving Gear here.

BEST WAY TO GET INTO DEBRIS-FREE DIVING

The starter kit provided by Project Aware is a bit more expensive (around US$50), but what I like is that it comes with a slate for helping you track your debris on the dive.

Check out the Project Aware Starter Kit here.

Find debris-free dive events near you.

 

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