A selection of products and tools that will help you reduce your travel plastics.

At home we typically have many choices on where to shop, how to consume items without plastics, and how to dispose of items in an environmentally consciuos way. Of course, when we travel we are often in situations where we aren't fully aware of the facilities awaiting us, nor how well the area handles waste. In these situations a little preparation prior to a trip can have a massive impact on your sustainability. 

On this page we offer a small selection of products that are available on the market today, to give you an idea of some options. If you would like to know more about the areas we cover then please fill out our pledge form and we will send you further information.

And if you have any other ideas on things travelers can carry with them then please do get in touch.

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Water Purification Tools

Many people think it is a big deal to travel prepared to clean their own water. It is actually EASY.  There are so many different types of purification systems, that the only time consuming aspect of the whole process, is figuring out what system is right for you. Here are a small selection of what is available on the market today.

Remember, if you plan to purify your own water as you go, then test your purification system with your bottle to make sure they fit.

 2018 Grayl bottle TAP gear page

GRAYL

Purification and filtration system which works like a coffee press with the bottle and purifier all in one. Award winning design removes all the bad guys, as well as odor and taste. Easy to use- no sucking and cleans 16 oz of water in 15 seconds. Filters 99.99% of bacteria and 99.94% of protozoa.

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 Roving Blue O Pen

Roving Blue O-Pen    (Tactical Black)

TSA approved, the Roving Blue O-Pen™ is an advanced, pen-sized ozone-based water purification system. It allows you to drink water from any tap worldwide and ensures that you won't get sick from microbes in the water. The O-Pen™'s applications are limitless, from the medical and dental fields to travelers unsure of the tap water in their hotel rooms, cruise ships, or foreign restaurants, the O-Pen™ gives you peace of mind. Will purify .5L in under one minute.

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 SteriPen Ultra - Water Purifier

SteriPEN

Small device uses UV light to clean water. Featuring a user-friendly display, Ultra is rechargeable via a computer, outlet or portable solar panel. Ultra's UV lamp treats up to 8,000 one-liter treatments and is proven to be safe and effective, eliminating over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause water-borne illness.

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 Potable Agua

Potable Aqua Tablets

When used as directed, these tablets make most water bacteriologically suitable to drink. They are an old standby that work well and are affordable. For about 8 bucks you get a bottle of 50 tablets, which you use two at a time to clean 1 liter of water. It does the job. The only drawback is you need to wait about 30 minutes for the tablets to dissolve, and the taste can be a bit bad which is why you should always get the little yellow bottle of neutralizing tablets as well. It is simply vitamin C but it removes any lingering taste.

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 MRD MiniWorks Water Filter

MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter Water Filter

A microfilter pump great for back country and travel when pulling from streams, lakes or rivers. Has a replaceable carbon and ceramic filter. Pump rate is about one liter per minute and compatible with a variety of wide mouth bottles and hydration bladders.

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 PointOne Squeeze Water Filter

Sawyer Products PointOne Squeeze Water Filter System

The Squeeze Water Filter ensures you have access to clean water in the backcountry or anywhere in the world. Simply fill up the pouch at a lake, stream, or river, screw the filter directly onto the pouch, and then squeeze the bag to filter water into a bottle. Backed by a lifetime warranty, the versatile, award-winning Sawyer Squeeze Filter is incredibly simple to use and fits in the palm of your hand, making it ideal for international travel where you are pulling your water from the source.

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 First Need Xle Water Purifier

First Need X- Elite Purifier

Compact award winning purifier with newly designed features making it even easier to use. Requires pushing the water through a filter which removes all the bad guys purifying and filtering water from direct sources such as lakes and rivers.

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 LifeStraw - Water Purifier

Life Straw

The original, ultra-light backpack and travel-friendly “straw” water filter. LifeStraw is ideal for hiking, backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness. The straw-style filter design lets you turn up to 4,000 liters of contaminated water into safe drinking water.

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Water Bottles

There are many different bottles available on the market. The main thing to look for is the quality of the seal, and if there's a little bit of flex in the plastic for when it falls out of your bag and rolls down that bus! Why not buy one with the TAP logo on and help us spread the word.

 

 TAP Liberty Bottle

Liberty

No matter which you choose, you will want to carry 1-2 reusable water bottles. We recommend Liberty Bottleworks, Liberty bottles are the ONLY bottle that we know of to be made from recycled materials and are manufactured in the USA. 

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 Nalgene Everyday

Nalgene Translucent Wide Mouth Bottle

Tough and impact resistant, leak proof, dishwasher safe and BPA free.1 Liter size and wide mouth makes purification easy.

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 MiiR Wide Mouth Bottle

Miir Wide Mouth Black 20 oz

20 Oz double wall vacuum insulated technology. Reflects hot and cold temps back into the bottle. Medical grade stainless steel. Your purchase funds trackable clean water and health projects.

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Reusable Shopping Bags

There are many types of lightweight, compactible shopping bags you can tuck in your bag. These come in handy when you are off on a day of site seeing and find that perfect souvenir you just can’t say no to, but can reply “no thanks” to the bag. Many countries and cities are moving to ban bags, so travel prepared.

 LA Pop Design Expandable Shopping Bag

LA poop design expandable shopping bag

Every Order Receives a Pre-Selected Assortment of: 5 Different Bag Styles Out of the 8 Possible Fruit & Veggie Styles/Colors Shown: Green Apple - Grapes - Watermelon - Strawberry - Pineapple - Carrot - Corn - Kiwi. Lightweight, Eco-friendly Bags that Scrunch Down into the Attached Fruit/Veggie Pod for Easy Storage.

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 Reusable Shopping Bags

Patterned Foldable Reusable Recycling Shopping Tote

Foldable Reusable Grocery Bags Recycle Tote Bag set with a little pocket attached. Simply fold the bag into the pocket, easy to store! Pattern: Stripes, Stars, Polka Dots

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Reusable cutlery or chopsticks

There are several compact well-designed cutlery sets to go. It’s a great idea if you plan on eating street food so you can say “no thanks” to the plastic forks and spoons they offer you. These also come in handy if you find yourself at a hotel whose breakfast buffet has only plastic cutlery. A great alternative is to carry a set of chopsticks.

 

 Bamboo Cutlery

Bamboo Travel Utensils 

This set is the smart alternative to plastic ware. The utensil holder is made of recycled PET plastic and holds a bamboo fork, knife, spoon, and set of chopsticks to cover all the delicious meals you will enjoy during your travels. It comes in various colors and hooks on to your backback or daypack. Its rustic, handy, light weight and strong. Finished with a top grade food safe wood oil.

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 Spork

Spork 

BPA free, colorful and easy to carry for travel and camping.

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 Wood Chopstick

Chopsticks

Natural Handmade, Solid Wood. Pack of two. Easy to clean while traveling.

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Stainless Steel Straws Stainless Steel Straws Awesome variety satisfies all your demands – long, short, fat, narrow, straight and angled. With FDA approved food grade silicone sleeves, no more worries about getting too cold and hot from the metal straws, the silicone has the functions of heat and cold insulation. No more chipping your teeth or lips, getting a soft feeling from metal reusable straws too. Easy carrying pouch. Durable and Sturdy- Made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel, FDA approved, bpa free. 2 Cleaning brushes included. Buy Here

 


 

Smoking with less plastic

Belive it or not, the most commonly found garbage in the ocean is the filters from cigarettes. These are made from plastic fibers and do not degrade. Consider traveling with a small tin made specifically for this purpose, which you can put your butts in and dispose of properly once back at your hotel.

 Portable Ashtray

Portable Ashtray

Be a responsible smoker- Keychain design, hang it on your bag or put it into your pocket.
This portable ashtray is an anti litter device designed to store your cigarette butts until you can dispose of them properly. Perfect for travel, business trips, fishing and camping.

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Filters Biodegradable filters Another alternative, especially if you roll your own cigarettes, is to use organic filters, even at home. These can be pretty hard to come across in many countries so it's worth taking some with you.  Buy Here

 


 

Toilettries & Personal Care

Avoid those plastic bottles in hotels by taking your own toilettries in reusable bottles. Another tip is to use soap bars, not shower gel - it lasts way longer. 

 

 Bamboo Toothbrushes

Plant-based
Bamboo
Toothbrush

Get yourself a plant-based bamboo toothbrush.  Organic bamboo handle,  
soft plant-based bristles made from a vegetable oil base (usa made),
plant-based packaging, and lasts just as long as plastic toothbrush

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Toiletries bottle Silicone Travel Bottles Triple Leak Proof Design: Cap adopts 3 anti-leak wall design preventing spills. The caps are made of high-quality plastic material, durable to prevent the connector break. FDA approved and BHA Free. Colors help identify contents. Buy Here

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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