Mar 12, 2021
WHEN IT COMES TO SUSTAINABILITY, little decisions add up to a big difference for the planet. Thankfully, eco-conscious travelers have more options than ever to slash their collective carbon footprint, cut down on waste, and support ethical supply chains. Here are five standout brands by innovators and entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia to reduce the environmental impact of your next trip.
As any jet-setter knows, long-haul flights can do a number on your face. Since the air recirculating around the cabin is ultra-dry, it sucks the moisture right out of skin, which emphasizes fine lines and wrinkles. To add insult to injury, your body will crank up sebum production in an attempt to fight back, leading to adult acne. Luckily, this mini-miracle packs a toner, face mist and mask activator all into one minimalist, travel-size package.
Deeply hydrating aloe vera helps counteract dryness, while geranium, lavender and eucalyptus oils provide plenty of cleansing power. Tuck one in your tote for whenever the urge for a refreshing spritz strikes in transit. W.ANT, which is based in Singapore, uses exclusively sustainable, fair-trade ingredients and goes organic wherever possible. They also steer clear of any synthetic chemicals and avoid using water in production in order to keep their carbon footprint low.
Original Spearmint Toothpaste Tabs
Kevalin “Liu” Saksiamkul, a Bangkok-based designer, has been on a mission to curb her plastic consumption for years. Yet she noticed that even as reusable straws and coffee cups became the norm, dental care remained shockingly wasteful. She joined forces with a team of like-minded eco-entrepreneurs to create a plastic-free toothpaste. All of the toothpaste tabs from Cheww come in sleek, refillable glass containers and are made with all-natural, locally and ethically sourced ingredients. As a bonus, they’re perfect for when you’re on the road—never again will you have to worry about airport security tossing out an overly large toothpaste tube.
Moringa & Lemongrass Antioxidant Facial Masque
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With a potent blend of green tea, moringa seed oil and lemongrass, this mask is the first step to rejuvenation after a long flight. Green clay helps draw impurities from air pollution right out of your pores and gives you an instant glow. A little bit of this highly concentrated mask goes a long way, meaning that this container will keep you looking fresh for ages.
Simply apply a small dollop to your face once you enter your hotel room and allow it to set while you unpack your bags. Rinse, moisturize, and flounce over to the pool looking like you just popped out of the spa. You’ll feel especially good knowing that founder Maria Kalita crafts all of her products from used cooking oil and other items that often end up as harmful waste in Bangkok’s water supply.
It might seem hard to believe, but this über-stylish backpack started life as a heap of truck tires. Rubber Killer is the latest eco-innovation from Chiang Mai-based Re-Leaf Studio, which was founded in 2005 by architect and designer Saroengrong Wong-Savun. As functional as it is eye-catching, this durable bag can cram in 28 liters, yet weighs a mere half a kilo.
Not only are all of Rubber Killer’s products made from upcycled rubber materials, but they also provide scholarships for underprivileged students in rural Thailand, as well as fairly paid jobs for low-skilled workers who would otherwise be earning minimum wage.
Personalised Day and Night Set
No two faces are exactly alike, which is why a bespoke skincare routine is absolutely the move for upping your anti-aging regimen. Each of these custom-crafted sets comes with a serum and moisturizer duo for both daytime and nighttime. All four products come in a cute, carry-on-friendly case decked out in a spectrum of pink and purple pastel shades.
For anyone tired of carting around a half-dozen sample-size bottles in their luggage, this is a gamechanger. Founder Navneet Kaur is seriously committed to maintaining the highest clean beauty standards—think: recyclable packaging, cruelty-free ingredients, and a transparent, ethical supply chain that complies with the rigorous European Cosmetic Regulations.