Sustainable Travel: Eco-friendly Suitcases

Sustainable Travel: Eco-friendly Suitcases

Eco-friendly Suitcases.

My eyes swept over the sea of suitcases strategically placed on the store’s display floor. Surely, I hadn’t anticipated this many choices in terms of sizes, colors, textures, weight, and solidity.

Finally, I narrowed down my preferred suitcases to just a few in number more so based on eco-friendly suitcases and dimension.

After examining the suitcases, I found that some (or parts of some suitcases) were made from potentially harmful chemical and/or noted cancer-causing compounds, including a variety of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), possibly carcinogens. In fact, many common everyday products contain these or similar compounds; for example, synthetic materials in the form of plastics, rubber, and lubricating oil. According to the Center for Environmental Health based in Oakland, California, a study on some shampoos and soaps identified 98 possibly carcinogens known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA). These toxins are suspected to cause cancer if contact against the skin is prolonged or the inhalation and ingestion of same.

Old-Suitcases-DesignsConnie Lau Yin-hing who have worked for the consumer watchdog for 38 plus years said this regarding cancer causing compounds found in some handles of suitcases “We are not saying you would develop cancer by holding the handle once. It depends on the duration of the usage and the density of the probable carcinogen on the handle. However, if given a choice, people should opt for suitcases with lower levels of the harmful substance.”

Still yet, Yin-hing’s words may very well resonate with many people who hear them as it relates to the warning aspect.

To be on the safe side, travelers should be vigilantes when making any purchase and suitcases should not be exempt. According to Mother Earth Living, choosing eco-friendly suitcases made from recycled materials, hemp, or organic cotton, with a water-based coating would be best. Eco-friendly suitcases that are light weight and easy to move may add some extra benefits, also.

But what do you do with your eco-friendly suitcases when you no longer have a need for them? Rather than contribute to landfills, you can donate them to companies such as Suitcases for Kids, or recycle them. A quick Google’s image search of suitcase décor ideas revealed copious home and garden design ideas that you can apply using your old (or broken) suitcases.


Article by: Tiffany Huggins, L’ EcoResorts.