Reduce Your Ecological Footprint With These Rumpl Products
These are our favorite travel products from one of our favorite sustainable brands
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A terrible pair of complimentary headphones, a papery neck pillow and a plastic-wrapped, faux-fleece blanket. That’s generally what you can expect upon boarding just about any long-haul flight — a trio of poorly-made items gifted to you in the hopes that they’ll provide some small comfort.
But consider this: a typical passenger generates an average of 3.2 pounds of cabin waste across both short and long-haul international flights. That’s per a standard cabin waste audit methodology that was developed and tested at London’s Heathrow Airport in a pilot study in 2012 and 2013. Yet, despite having that knowledge, airlines went on to generate around 6.7 million tons of cabin waste in 2018.
Think that’s scary? By the International Air Transport Association’s estimate, cabin waste volumes could double in the next 10 years in the absence of smarter regulation. In other words, that trio of poorly-made items wind up contributing to the collective cabin waste on that long-haul flight in a way that isn’t very small at all.
The fact is, sustainability is a badge that many brands — airlines included — purport to wear proudly, but only a few are truly doing the work. Rumpl — a company you may not yet be acquainted with, but certainly should be — is one of those brands.
For the uninitiated, Rumpl is an outdoor brand that rose to popularity on the back of its original “Puffy” blanket — effectively a travel-sized sleeping bag-like blanket. It was abundantly clear from the beginning that the success of the brand was imminent, but the founders never stopped believing the fabric of the company they were building was as important, if not more so, than the blankets they were peddling.
In 2019, Rumpl completely redesigned their original line of blankets to use only 100% post-consumer recycled materials. A year later, they were managing to offset 100% of the company’s carbon footprint by purchasing offset credits. Today, the brand is recycling over five million discarded plastic bottles through their supply chain annually and donating 1% of all revenue to environmental non-profits.
“One of our brand’s core values is to ‘Look To The Future Responsibly,’ and consider that value in every business decision we make,” Rumpl’s website reads. And by all accounts they are.
I’ve owned my personal Rumpl blanket, a one-person-sized “Puffy” blanket, for quite some time now, and it’s no exaggeration to say that it’s never not in my carry-on. The first thing I do after I’ve boarded any international flight is stash the carrier-provided blanket, still in its plastic, under the seat in front of me in favor of my superior-in-every way Rumpl blanket. I’m hardly changing the world by not unwrapping it, but — in bringing my own blanket — I’m reducing the amount of cabin waste I’m generating. And, considering that I fly quite a bit as an extension of my job, that adds up over time, which is definitely something.
Of course, since its inception, Rumpl has expanded its offering to include an array of (sustainably-made) products beyond just blankets — each of them are guaranteed to help your personal conservation efforts along. Below, some of the items worth keeping in your carry-on at all times.
Rumpl NanoLoft Flame Blanket
A spin on the original “Puffy” blanket, Rumpl’s new collection of NanoLoft Flame Blankets are ultra-warm, super packable and water-resistant, too. As their name suggests, they’re also made from a proprietary, fire-resistant exterior topside material, making them the perfect “spark-ready companion” for cozying up by the campfire or firepit. They come in three colors — deepwater, dijon and crimson — and feature a cape clip for hands-free use.
Rumpl Sherpa Fleece Blanket
Because why should you have to enjoy your favorite Rumpl blanket exclusively on the go? Constructed of high-pile sherpa fleece with anti-static treatment, the brand’s sherpa fleece throw is the coziest addition to any couch or bed. It comes in an assortment of colorways, but I’m currently coveting the light beige.
Rumpl Everywhere Towel
The Everywhere Towel is an ultra-absorbent, quick-drying, travel-friendly towel that purportedly repels sand, pet hair, odor and stains. So, in other words, once you’ve finished toweling yourself off, you can use it to dry your pup off too. Made to roll up and stuff into a bag of any size, the Everyday Towel comes in a whole slew of patterns and designs. There’s even a National Park-dedicated collection.
Rumpl Stuffable Pillowcase
Say goodbye to inflatable camping pillows forever. Perfect for all manner of outdoor excursions, the stuffable pillowcase takes up virtually no space in your pack and can be stuffed exactly to your liking. Use a jacket, extra (Rumpl) blanket, clothes, etc. and sleep comfortably, anywhere.
Rumpl Travel Cinch Sack
A vessel in which to store your blanket, pillowcase, shady pouch and towel, the cinch sack features DWR coating for water-resistant protection and shoulder straps for easy carry. All function, no fuss.
Rumpl Shady Pouch
A padded sleeve for your phone, sunglasses and/or other small essentials, the shady pouch features a magnetic snap closure, and even comes with a small cleaning cloth attached. One reviewer called it “a tiny puffer for shades!”
Rumpl Beer Blanket
Your brew deserves a blanket, too.
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