I’ve written a lot of big, long, detailed product reviews, so consider this page the TL;DR. Here, you’ll find my top recommendations (+ discount codes) all in one place! I try to keep this list up-to-date as I find great new products and companies worth sharing.
In addition to creating great products, many of these companies are B-Corps, third-party certified as carbon-neutral, or have other strong sustainability credentials.
Note: Most of these are also affiliate links – meaning if you make an order, you save money & I earn money. If you’re planning to order from these brands, clicking through my links first does a lot to support my work on this site – thank you!
- 50% off the trial kit of Activist Skincare’s entire plastic-free, refillable skincare line with TILTEDMAP50 (Find the products you like, and use the refillable minis for travel!)
- 50% off your first order of TerraSeed plastic-free, vegan vitamins (also good for 99%-vegetarians, like myself) with the discount code KETTI50 .
- $10 off any Thinx order (comfy, zero-waste period underwear) when you order through this link
- 25% off at Dropps with TILTED25 (new customers only); 15% off for return customers with TILTED15
- 20% off at Cleancult with the code TILTEDMAP20
- 15% off at The Earthling Co. (the best shampoo + conditioner bars!) by using any Earthling link on my blog (no code required – discount will apply automatically at checkout!)
- 15% off at River Organics (natural makeup in cardboard packaging) with the code TILTEDMAP15
- 10% off at TruEarth (concentrated, zero-waste, packable laundry strips) with TEmap10 .
- 10% off at the following brands the discount code TILTEDMAP10 :
- $15 off a $50 non-subscription order from 100 Senses when you order through this link.
- $10 off a $40 order from the Package Free Shop when you order through this link (you should see a pop-up right up away with a discount code to copy).
Details about most of those brands, my favorite products from each, and links to any reviews I’ve written are below:
Table of contents
- Sustainable Travel Booking Resources
- Sustainable Products
- Better Online Shopping Options:
- VPNs & Tech for Travel
- Blogging & Website Help
Sustainable Travel Booking Resources
I’ve reviewed lots of sustainable products in detail, and collected my tried-and-true favorites from all the posts below:
Plastic-Free Personal Care Brands
Activist Skincare’s 100% refillable products have become my favorites! They make complete, vegan formulas, with refills that reduce CO2 emissions by 99%. (Compared with glass, the most common alternative for non-plastic packaging.) Best of all? You can try the entire line with a refillable (travel-sized) trial kit, instead of committing to full-sized products.
Save 50% on the Activist Skincare trial kit with the discount code TILTEDMAP50
After testing lots of shampoo and conditioner bars, The Earthling Co. has completely won me over (and won over more of my friends than any other brand). If you’ve tried other shampoo bars and never been satisfied, try these before giving up! (They make lots of other great zero-waste products, too, and are completely carbon-neutral!)
Save 15% at The Earthling Co. through any link on my site! (No code needed.)
And 100 Senses makes my all-around favorite, completely plastic-free shampoo & body wash combo bar. (Perfect for travel!)
$15 off a $50 order with this link!
I’ve spent a long time looking for vitamin for vegans that don’t come in plastic. (I’m not 100% vegan, but as an only occasional meat-eater who’s trying to minimize her animal product consumption, my doctor says I should take vitamins D and B-12). TerraSeed makes the most complete formula I’ve found, with certainly the best packaging – NO MORE PLASTIC VITAMIN BOTTLES!
Plastic-Free Cleaning Products
For details, check out my full review of plastic-free laundry and cleaning products. These are my favorites:
TruEarth laundry strips are the easiest plastic-free swap I’ve found. You get a whole jug’s worth of laundry detergent in an envelope. They WORK, they’re great for travel, and they ship anywhere for free.
Better Online Shopping Options:
Earth Hero (For Lots of Sustainable Brands)
There are lots of online marketplaces for eco-friendly products, but I think Earth Hero has the best sustainability credentials: They’re carbon-neutral, a B-Corp and a member of 1% For The Planet. (Excellent certifications that I always look for in sustainable companies.)
For any kind of sustainable products – toiletries, yoga pants, tech, you name it – this Colorado-based start-up is my favorite place to shop.
Save 10% on any Earth Hero order with the discount code TILTEDMAP10 !
Bookshop (Ethical Online Book Shopping)
I shop on Amazon sometimes, too, and I include Amazon affiliate links on this website because I know sometimes people are just going to go there anyway. But whenever possible, I also link to a small-business alternative to Amazon – and this is one of my favorites!
It’s the best of both worlds: You get the convenience of ordering books online, while still helping to support local, independent book stores.
Novica (Fair Trade Gifts)
In the interest of consuming and accumulating less stuff, I’ve mostly stopped gifting anything that’s not edible (which, from me, usually means homemade limoncello). But when I occasionally feel the need to give something, Novica is a great source for artisan-made, Fair Trade items. (They have everything: Handmade cloth face masks, jewelry, scarves, art, seasonal decorations, natural beauty products… You know, good gift-y stuff.)
Pela (Compostable Phone Cases & Glasses)
Pela Case makes compostable phone cases – they’ll break down into nothing but dirt within a year – and Pela Vision makes sunglasses that do the same! (They have a quick explanation of the difference between “compostable” and “biodegradable.”)
Pela is another B-Corp (like Bookshop, Earth Hero and Intrepid Travel, above), plus they’re certified by Climate Neutral, and they’re a member of 1% For The Planet – all of which are meaningful badges that I always look for!
VPNs & Tech for Travel
Usually you don’t actually need a VPN to get online securely when you travel – or any other time (as I learned when I interviewed a cyber security expert for the linked post). Using a password manager is much more important – it makes your passwords unique and uncrackable (and you don’t have to remember them).
If you want to keep things simple and use the same company for everything, TunnelBear makes a password manager called RememBear. I haven’t used it, but it’s well rated and I think highly of the company.
Blogging & Website Help
I’ve been using SiteGround hosting for several years, and I wouldn’t use anything else. I was on DreamHost before, but it had a lot of down-time and not very helpful customer service. So I did a lot of research and decided on SiteGround, which has 100% solved both of those problems!
You can find cheaper hosting, but honestly, this is something worth doing right. Cheap hosting can cause crashes, lost content, slow loading times, and other hassles that you’ll have to fix with a patchwork of plugins down the road. Also, Siteground’s customer service chat feature – with real tech people – makes life easier when things inevitably go wrong, or whenever I have a question.
I’ve taken tons of blogging courses on topics from social media to SEO. Here are three that I recommend:
- For beginners starting a blog or website, Super Star Blogging by Nomadic Matt is a good overview of everything all in one place. (From choosing a blog name, to setting up your website, to social media, guest posting, working with companies, and more.) If you’re overwhelmed, this is much simpler than getting lost on Youtube looking for answers!
- Stupid Simple SEO is a more advanced course that teaches you an SEO strategy, not just quick tricks (which only get you so far). I used to pay for the premium Yoast plugin, but this course made me realize that was totally unnecessary and there are more useful ways to spend my my SEO time (and money).
- There are countless online courses for SEO and social media, but very few about the most important part of blogging: The actual writing. That’s why I’m currently working through How to Become a Successful Travel Writer, which is created by Nomadic Matt, but taught by the writer and editor David Farley. (Who also teaches writing at NYU and Columbia.) Even though I have a degree in Journalism and have been writing online and for magazines for many years, I’m still learning a lot from it!
More about the Affiliate Links on this page:
Some of the links on this page (but not all of them) are “affiliate links,” which means if you make a purchase after clicking them, I’ll earn a commission on the sale. This is at no extra cost to you, of course, and some of my links even get you a discount.
Others are “referral links.” These are like affiliate links, except that instead of earning a commission, I earn some kind of credit with the company (which I use to buy more of their product). So I wouldn’t be using these if I didn’t use and love these products!
And some of these links don’t get me anything at all, but I love them anyway so I want you to know about them.
I’ve chatted with so many friends (of all ages) who have no idea these links exist – which is reasonable if you don’t work in blogging or online marketing. But they’re ubiquitous all over the internet. They’re a huge part of what keeps most blogs and websites funded (including major, famous ones like Wirecutter, which is owned by the New York Times). So affiliate links are a perfectly legitimate part of online business and media, I just think everyone should know about them, just to be aware. Plus, any website that doesn’t announce their affiliate links is not only in violation of lots of laws, but is probably trying to scam you.