Just like you, we love to travel. However, it is no secret that travel is a major cause of pollution. In an article for The New York Times, Andy Newman asks “If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?”
To travel or not to travel – It’s a personal dilemma facing many and whilst we do not have the answer, we do believe that there are some simple choices we can make to reduce our planet impact when travelling. Choice such as which airline to fly with or what luggage brand to buy are not insignificant when it comes to living more mindfully.
With luggage, many manufacturers make their products using unsustainable, non-biodegradable materials and most of these luggage break after a few uses and end up in landfill. So when choosing new luggage, it is worth avoiding cheap and cheerful products and opt for a good-quality eco-friendly travel product that will last many years.
If you are in the market for new luggage, consider purchasing luggage from an eco-friendly travel brand. They are also built to last, meaning less waste and a bag you can travel with for years to come.
5 Eco-Friendly Luggage Brands to Travel the World With
Best For | The Stylish Weekender
Ethics | Made from decommissioned fire-hoses, British made
Prices| £57 – £329
“Elvis and Kresse are an incredible brand that have been transforming materials destined for landfill into luxury goods. The Elvis & Kresse Weekend bag is made from decommissioned fire-hose and the lining is made from material rescued from Burberry’s Yorkshire workshop. 50% of the profits from their Firehose Collection goes to the The Fire Fighters Charity so the the same material, once used to save lives, gets a second chance to keep giving back.”
Best For | The Animal Lover
Ethics | Inner lining made from 100% recycled plastic bottles
Prices | £155 – £180
“Matt and Nat create leather-free products and have no animal-based materials in their designs. Since their launch, they have introduced different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork into their products and since 2007, have been making their products linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.”
Best For | The Fashion Conscious
Ethics | Made from 100% recycled ABS plastic, Canada made
“Heys makes fashionable luggage that lasts. Their Eco Orbis collection comes in 3 sizes and is made entirely from recycled post-industrial ABS plastic. ABS stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, an opaque thermoplastic which is strong and hard wearing. If you live in North America, this is a luggage brand worth considering”
Best For | The Business Traveller
Ethics | Repair team that fix your luggage not discard it
Prices | £595
Tumi is a well-loved but expensive travel brand known for premium craftsmanship. Tumi’s Latitude Slim Carry-On is a top favourite with business travellers. Tumi is unique in that their repair department will mend broken or worn-out bags rather than encourage you to buy a new model. Tumi have eliminated 95% of PVC Materials and have partnered with the Pratt Institute (Ike studied there!) to develop more environmentally-friendly material for the future.”
Best For | The Backpacker
Ethics | Made from used truck tarpaulins, Swiss-made
“Freitag transforms used truck tarps into functional, unique bags at their factory in Zurich. Freitag was founded in 1993 after two brothers, Markus and Daniel Freitag wanted water-repellent bags for their creative work so created one out of used truck tarpaulins, discarded bicycle inner tubes and car seat belts. Their newest creation, The Zeppelin, is an inflatable tough suitcase. It’s pricey but is an eco-friendly travel luggage that will last a lifetime”
Mindful Host creates beautiful party products from recycled materials. We believe that companies should be more responsible in what we make and loved to showcase brands that we believe are doing their bit for the planet. Shop games by Mindful Host