Eco Packing Guide: What to pack for your next Byron Bay Getaway
Byron Bay, Traditionally known as Bundjalung Country is a hub for eco-lovers and brands that care about the environment. From eco homewares and cosmetics to sustainable fashion, this packing guide covers everything you’ll need for a Byron Bay getaway that’ll have you feeling great whilst being kind to our planet. Here are some of our favourite holiday essentials created by sustainable brands in Byron and beyond…
Boho Throw Rug – The Sunday Coast
We’re in love with The Sunday Coast’s range of boho throw rugs! Created by a group of environmentally conscious individuals on Biripi Country in the greater Port Macquarie Region, these beautiful rugs are not only ethically designed but also have us feeling all the boho holiday vibes!
Use it as a beach throw when you visit some of Byron’s beautiful Beaches or as a picnic blanket for those balmy evening sundowners.
The Sunday Coast are working towards using 100% recycled cotton designs and all rugs are packaged up into 100% biodegradable compostable bags. And if that’s not enough to have you slipping one of these into your suitcase, they do their bit for the charity too! The Sunday Coast have teamed up with Eden Projects, supporting reforestation projects in developing countries by planting 15 trees for every Sunday Coast throw sold.
Reusable Cutlery – Coconut Bowls
No eco-lovers packing list would be complete without sustainably sourced and ethically made reusable cutlery. With many Byron based cafes and restaurants steering clear of one-use plastics, this is a great time to grab yourself some eco-friendly reusable products.
Coconut Bowls is based in Byron Bay, offering handcrafted natural products crafted by artisans in rural communities where coconuts grow. Whether you’re on the hunt for cups, bowls, bamboo straws, produce bags or even coconut soy candles – the coconut lime smells delish! – you’ll find a whole range of eco goodness here.
When it comes to running an environmentally friendly business, Coconut Bowls certainly practice what they preach; they’re members of 1% for the planet and donate regularly to environmental not-for-profits and animal welfare charities. Take a look at their goodies on The ‘Gram or visit their website to shop.
Looking for beachside fashion that’s stylish AND environmentally conscious? Enter Snorkel Bear Bikini known as SNRKLBR. They’re one of our fave Byron Based designers with natural swimwear made from Econyl® – Nylon recycled from fishing nets and other ocean waste.
Not only are these swimmers giving us all the heart eyes with bright designs, nostalgic prints and signature SNRKLBR shapes, but they’re also paving the way to reduce fast fashion designing unique pieces intended to be worn season after season.
Do yourself a favour and get your mitts on one of their deadstock vintage pieces. Their deadstock collection is made from fabric used in the 80’s and 90’s – seriously unique bikini vibes!
Sienna Byron Bay, Nail Polish
Our little corner of the earth does it again! Byron based, Sienna Byron Bay, has created a luxe, plant-based nail polish that undoubtedly deserves a spot in everyone’s makeup bag!
It’s the world’s first micro-plastic free, aluminium free and nano-particle free nail polish. And let’s not forget our furry friends; Sienna is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Choose from all the colours under the sun or by collections with names inspired by the local Byron area – we love Hinterland and Eden!
Reusable Coffee cup
Coffee-lover? You’re in luck! There’s no shortage of quality coffee (and talented baristas) in Byron to provide your morning coffee fix. But don’t let your getaway get in the way of your everyday good eco practices! We all know how bad coffee cups are for the environment. Most disposable cups end up in landfill – less than 1% are actually recycled – and that’s not even going into the energy spent on production and distribution.
So why not do your bit with a reusable coffee cup? Better yet, pick one up when you get here. Most cafes and local boutiques stock reusable cups and mugs. From handcrafted ceramics to well-known brands Frank Green and good looking branded Keep Cups – we’re looking at you Topshop Byron Bay.
Got some time to spare? Slow down and chill out in true Byron style and settle into one of the local cafes for a sit-down coffee and to watch the world go by.
Shampoo & Conditioner from Seed & Sprout Co
Proudly out there as Green Online Retailer of the Year, Byron based Seed & Sprout Co are all about the eco love! They create a whole range of ethically sourced, vegan-friendly products. From eco cleaning sets, food storage and reusable bags to hair care! ‘Ditch the plastic’ with their range of shampoo and conditioner bars which are 100% palm oil-free and quite frankly, heavenly!
Founded in 2018, Byron born Childe make sunnies that are pure fire AND eco-sensitive. In fact, their Childe Wilde plant-based sunglass collection is made from 61% renewable resources and their pouches are made from recycled PET plastic bottles.
Pick a pair to suit your every holiday outfit and bask in the glory of lookin’ damn fine whilst looking after our lovely planet earth.
Will & Bear bucket hat
The Ultimate Aussie accessory; hats from Melbourne designed and environmentally conscious, Will & Bear are a must-have for your next Byron getaway. Our fave? The cute as unisex Fischer Sand bucket. On an eco front, since their launch in 2016, they have committed to planting 10 trees for every hat sold. They have now planted over 445 acres of forest in Africa!
Flood Relief Tees by Nagnata
Nagnata opened its first retail store in Byron Bay in 2019 and has since gone from strength to strength. Nagnata offers luxury fashion and lifestyle products whilst still holding onto the brand’s ethical values around sustainably minded design.
In response to the recent floods in the Northern Rivers, Nagnata has created a range of 100% certified organic cotton tees handcrafted by local artisan Abi Fincham. A generous 100% of the proceeds goes to the relief. Whilst their first collection has sold out, they’ll be bringing out a new design soon to continue in their efforts to support the local Northern Rivers communities. You can find Nagnata in the creative hub of Byron Bays Arts and Industrial Estate. The estate is also home to other awesome Aussie-owned brands, creative classes and our friends at Stone & Wood Brewery.
Standard Procedure Sunscreen
We can’t get enough of the Standard Procedure range of reef-friendly sunscreen using native Australian superfruits and no nasties! Not only are we suckers for their nostalgic surfer vibes and great packaging but Standard Procedure also give back to local communities. They support Children’s Ground a bold not-for-profit organisation led by First Nations communities, with 5% of all online profits going to the charity.
Also based in Byron’s Arts and industrial estate, these guys make their products ethically on the Sunshine Coast in their 100% solar-powered factory.
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