Travel Sustainability: Starting with the Luggage Brand You Choose

Words by Paul Marlow

This article is presented by our friends at Monos.

What actions do you take when traveling to make it more sustainable for the planet? Perhaps a few of these are on your checklist:

  • Carry a reusable water bottle
  • Use only one towel when at a hotel
  • Buy only local products
  • Use public transportation
  • Bring a headphone adapter and turn down the disposable inflight headphones

These are all significant actions to help leave a smaller footprint while traveling. However, there is another way to help the earth—before you even buy your airplane ticket. This has to do with choosing the right luggage brand to travel with.

Climate Neutral-certified luggage brands

Choosing a Climate Neutral-certified luggage brand is something every traveler should do before they book their next flight. Unlike the other ways to be sustainable when traveling, when you buy a single piece of luggage, you will be using it for upcoming years—essentially giving back time and time again. 

Usually, the most challenging part about buying luggage is finding a piece you like. You are probably preparing for immense annoyance in your life as you look for a luggage brand that is both Climate Neutral-certified and aesthetically-pleasing. Impossible to find, right?


Monos Travel & Luggage is the first luggage brand to have Climate Neutral certification. The company is also a member of 1% For The Planet, and its luggage is not only a fashion statement, but it holds up to the rigors of travel.

Climate Neutral-certified

The Climate Neutral certification works to decrease global carbon emissions by getting brands to measure, offset, and reduce the carbon they emit. In order to get certified, a brand has to achieve zero net carbon emissions, for all of the carbon it creates while making and delivering its products or services, for a year.

1% For The Planet

As a member of 1% For The Planet, brands pledge to donate one percent of their revenue to verified non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring the natural world.

Monos Luggage Travel Set

Now that you have found a luggage brand that not only cares about the earth, but that has suitcases that make you want to book a trip (just so you can show off your limited-edition Terrazzo Carry-On, for example), it’s time to pick your travel set.

Check-In Large

The Monos Check-In Large is your “longer than a week” essential travel suitcase. Allowing for all the extra night-out possibilities, this 99-liter suitcase will let you bring all of your essentials (and a lot of things you won’t even end up wearing).

The Check-In is outfitted with an unbreakable polycarbonate shell, an ultra-sturdy telescopic handle, whisper-quiet wheels, vegan leather details, and all-premium materials. The other suitcase sizes can nest inside for easy storage when you’re not trotting around the globe.

Monos Check-In Large


The Monos Carry-On is outfitted with an unbreakable polycarbonate shell, an ultra-sturdy telescopic handle, whisper-quiet wheels, vegan leather details, and all-premium materials.

There is a perfect mesh of art and functionality when using the Carry-On

Monos Carry-On

Compressible Packing Cubes

It’s time to step away from thinking that the only time your clothes will fit perfectly in your luggage is at the very beginning of the trip. Stuffing your clothing into your Carry-On each time you move on to the next destination is unnecessary with the Monos Compressible Packing Cubes.

Unlike traditional packing cubes made of cheap materials that rip or break after a few trips, these packing cubes are made to last with all-premium materials. The exterior is constructed with tear-resistant nylon twill, while the interior features the same luxuriously soft, anti-microbial fabric found inside Monos suitcases. And a breathable, TPU-reinforced mesh top panel lets you quickly see what’s inside without unpacking, while the anti-catch zippers ensure your packing is always snag-free.

Monos Compressible Packing Cubes

Luggage Cover

The Monos team has done such a fantastic job of pairing aesthetically-pleasing luggage with functionality. It would be a shame to let your Check-In suitcase take the whole beating that luggage can often receive during travel. 

To counter this, Monos has created a Luggage Cover with the appeal and functionality of the luggage it protects. The minimal design has a frosted, translucent finish; and the cover subtly highlights the signature Monos suitcase design, and lets the case’s color show through—so you don’t have to sacrifice style for protection.

The Luggage Cover is also eco-focused by using recyclable PEVA, and contains no PVC, chlorine, or phthalates.

Monos Luggage Cover

As the world opens up and travel starts again, you can make lasting memories and explore the world—and do it all in earth-friendly style.