What does being eco-friendly truly entail??
Basically...reuse. Using products that are reusable whenever possible. Notice how I bolded, underlined, and italicized??...that means it is IMPORTANT.
Here is a list of things one usually packs for the average trip:
Luggage = reusable
Clothes = reusable
Shoes = reusable
Toiletries = single use
Toiletries bag = single use
Sunblock = single use
Period products = single use
Shopping Bags = single use
Drinks and Snacks = single use
I know this is all pretty straight forward, but if you've never thought about it before lets do something about it!
The easiest way to fix this problem is to get those little bottles you can squirt your everyday use shampoo/conditioner/body wash/lotion/contact solution into!
Yes... I know they are plastic. But the key is that they are reusable and NOT single-use. Instead of buying those mini shampoos and such at the store every time you travel, you can buy these once and reuse them! Yay!
I don't know about your mom, but my mom lives by a plastic ziploc bag to carry her toiletries in... Although, since I've started this whole thing, she's reused the same ziploc bag for 2 years! That is a step in the right direction!
But as eco-friendly that is, it's a ziploc bag... it'll break eventually and get thrown away...
I suggest getting a cloth bag from any local store or online. I know that Target has an awesome one that's small enough to be convenient, and has a bunch of compartments!
I have been blessed with tan skin, and I've never been burnt but once in my life. But, we are not all that lucky and I should really take care of my skin better.
There are some brands of non-toxic sunblock with compostable packaging that I have heard great reviews about like Avasol, Raw Elements, and EiR.
The problem with regular sunblocks is that they are leading to the acidification of our coral reefs leading to climate change.