Looking for a travel company or sustainable product I recommended in a blog post? You’ll find them all here – and if you don’t, just ask!
These are my favorite travel resources, plastic-free products, and sustainable & ethical online shops that I’ve recommended on the blog – all together in one place. In addition to providing great products or great service, many of these companies are B-Corps, they’re third-party certified as carbon-neutral, or have other strong credentials for sustainability.
I try to keep this page updated with links to my full reviews and any discount codes (in the gray boxes!), as I find new products worth mentioning.
Table of contents
- Discount Codes!
- Travel Booking Resources
- Sustainable Products
- Better Online Shopping Options:
- VPNs & Tech for Travel
- Blogging & Website Help
By the way: Using the affiliate links on this page helps me earn commissions to run this site. For more about how this all works, just scroll down to the bottom of this page.
My favorite brands that I can offer discount codes for:
- TILTEDMAP10 gets you 10% off your order at Bite Toothpaste Bits, LastObject and Earth Hero.
- And TILTEDMAP20 will get you 20% off at Cleancult!
- At Dropps, use DROPPS15 for 15% off.
- This referral link for 100 Senses will get you $15 off a $50 non-subscription order.
- This referral link for the Package Free shop gets you $10 off a $40 order (you should see a pop-up right up away with a discount code to copy).
- And for Thinx, shop through this link for $10 off any order!
Travel Booking Resources
Starting a Booking.com search here takes you to the same site you normally use (with the same prices – I’ve tested it), but helps support Tilted Map by sending me a (small) piece of Booking’s commission. Thank you!
World Nomads is well-known throughout the industry as one of the best travel insurance providers. (Intrepid Travel, another of my favorites above, also recommends them.) They’ll even insure your camera and other gear. You can read stories of claims they’ve covered here, and quickly get a free quote with the form below:
Below are my favorites from all the posts:
Plastic-Free Cleaning Products
TruEarth laundry strips are the easiest plastic-free/ zero-waste swap I’ve found. You get a whole plastic jug’s worth of laundry detergent in an envelope. The strips WORK, and they ship all over the world for FREE.
Through Dec. 3, get 50% off on 10-packs of TruEarth (32 strips in each pack). Enough to give as easy zero-waste gifts, and stock up for yourself!
I use Dropps‘ for plastic-free dishwasher pods. And they’re a good alternative for natural detergent and fabric softener and in multiple scents and lots of varieties, all in plastic-free packaging.
You can use this link and the code DROPPS15 for 15% off your order. (Plus, they give a steep 30% discount on subscription orders, which you can change or cancel anytime.)
Plastic-Free Personal Care Brands
byHumankind is my favorite brand for plastic-free toiletries – they make my favorite refillable floss, deodorant and hand sanitizer, which doesn’t dry out your skin.
Be sure to use the code TILTEDMAP10 for 10% off at Bite!
Thinx are normal-feeling underwear that absorb your menstrual flow – without leaking, smelling, or feeling like a pad. It sounds weird, but I swear it works better than I ever expected. Easy, wash & wear with no more plastic and cotton to throw away.
This link (and the one above) gets you $10 off any Thinx order.
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 also love HiBAR shampoo and conditioner bars, from a zero-plastic start-up and made in Minnesota!
Order HiBAR from Earth Hero and get 10% off with the code TILTEDMAP10.
Better Online Shopping Options:
Earth Hero (Lots of Sustainable Brands)
There are lots of online marketplaces for eco-friendly products, but I think Earth Hero has the best sustainability credentials. For any kind of sustainable products – toiletries, yoga pants, tech, you name it – this Colorado-based start-up is my favorite place to shop.
The company is carbon-neutral, a B-Corp and a member of 1% For The Planet. (Excellent certifications that I always look for in sustainable companies.)
Get 10% off an Earth Hero order of any amount 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 (Eco-Friendly Phone Cases & Sunglasses)
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 several blogging courses on topics from social media to SEO. Here are two 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.