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Green Travel Product Guide

Earth-friendly Travel Product Guide

Green Travel has blossomed into it's own booming industry. Fueled by conscientious consumers and the need for recycled, reusable products, "green" travel products, and "green" travel itself, have popped up everywhere, from Costa Rica's moist jungles to your favorite travel depot down the road.

Too kind to scream, "I told you so!" from the rooftops, Sustainable Travel International, who goes by the motto "leave the world a better place," is silently nodding in approval. To help spread the word, the eco-friendly travel organization has recently launched its first Annual Green Gear Guide. Filled with resource efficient, recycled and organic goods, the Green Gear Guide promotes products offered by distributors that gain fair prices for the local producers of their goods.

Says STI President Brian Mullis, "Outdoor equipment and clothing are enormously popular. Unfortunately, many products are produced under oppressive labor conditions, through energy or resource intensive processes, or with harmful toxic materials."

To keep yourself and the environment healthy, check out some of ROAD & TRAVEL's favorites from the Green Gear Guide, or visit the complete guide here.

All Terrain Sunblock for Soaking Up the Rays

All Terrain Sunblock

Free of DEET and other harmful additives, All Terrain Sunblocks, like AquaSport performance sunblock, keep your skin safe with all-natural ingredients and are formulated for the adventurous traveler in all of us. An added perk, everything is packaged in recycled and biodegradable containers.

Vulcana's Large Messenger Bag

Vulcana's Large Messenger Bag

Made completely out of recycled rubber tires, Vulcana is dedicated to Earth-friendly, animal-friendly and people-friendly products. With an adjustable shoulder strap, large side pocket for easy access to passport or plane ticket and sturdy handle top, this messenger bag will carry all of your belongings stylishly and economically.

Clif Bars for the Adventure Traveler

Clif Bars

Clif Bar makes all-natural energy and nutrition foods and is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Their energy bars feature 70% (or more) organic ingredients. Display boxes contain 100% recycled paperboard, with 50% post consumer content. In addition, Clif Bar's office and bakeries are powered by wind energy offset credits, they plant trees to offset their staff's daily commute, and they pay their staff to volunteer time to non-profit projects.

Patagonia Fleece for Winter Weather

Patagonia Fleece

Patagonia, who has been producing products containing recycled and organic content for over a decade, recently discovered a way to use recycled Patagonia-wear in its Capilene fabric. Old garments are broken down into polyester raw material and made into new Capilene garments. Available next year, the new Capilene line will incorporate a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content, and silk-weight items will contain 100% post-consumer recycled materials.

Sturdy Splaff Flip Flops for A Quick Getaway

Sturdy Splaff Flip Flop

Splaff Flopps are hand-made using recycled race car tires and bicycle inner tubes, hemp, and Regupol, a cushioning material made from used tires which have been chipped and pressed into mats. And they're produced in a 100% waste free, earth-friendly process in which all leftover materials are either reused or recycled.

For additional company ratings on social and environmental issues, look to Co-op America. Also look to The Fair Trade Federation which lists companies that provide fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.

(Source: Sustainable Travel)