Here’s how to soak up the sun while reducing harm to the planet
From zero-waste sunscreen to sustainable swimwear, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite eco-friendly necessities so you can do your part for the environment on your next oceanfront outing.
And remember, at the end of the day, it is not just what you’re carrying to the beach that matters. With so many crowds flocking to the sand at this time of year, it can be easy to forget that this is home to a diverse ecosystem, which all of us need to protect. Make sure to pick up any plastic bottles or litter you see lying around, level out sand castles and holes when you leave so that wildlife doesn’t get stuck in them, and follow all the signs that have been placed to respect the marine life.
Browse through our top picks, and happy beach day!
1. Tote Bag
Made from 100 percent cotton, this reusable tote is perfect for the beach thanks to its wide straps, spacious interior and, of course, the beautiful leaf pattern. It’s handmade, and you’ll also be supporting a small business with this Etsy purchase, which we love.
2. Zero-waste Sunscreen
Conventional sunscreens not only contain chemicals which can harm your body over time, but they can also damage marine life when you take a dip in the ocean. Opt for more natural products like these from Butter Me Up Organics, which are safe for adults, babies and the environment. Made with coconut oil, shea butter, mango butter, vitamin E and non-nano zinc oxide, they're 100 percent plastic-free, water-resistant, reef-safe and vegan. Not to mention, they're nourishing on your skin, and we love that they're available in reusable jars as well as in easy-to-pack compostable sticks. SPF 45.
3. Beach Blanket
Lay down in sustainable style with this large and comfortable beach blanket by Nipomo. All of this brand’s items are handmade by artisans and silk weavers in Mexico using upcycled yarn, and the beautiful traditional patterns are just perfect for the beach. Plus, we love that they come rolled up with a strap, so they're functional and portable.
4. Water Bottle
Hydration is key, especially while at the beach, and packing your own bottle means you don’t have to purchase a single-use plastic one. Klean Kanteen’s eco-friendly insulated bottle is durable, chip-resistant, leak-proof, and can keep drinks cool for up to 50 hours. Not to mention, this company gives back a portion of its profits to supporting the environment, and also creates smaller-sized bottles for the kiddies.
5. Beach Toys
Not only are these beach toys by Love Lotte simply delightful, but we absolutely love that they are biodegradable. That means you don’t have to feel bad about harming the ocean if the children misplace or forget them around the beach. This set includes a bucket, scoop, trowel and a rake. Goodbye plastic beach toys forever!
There are plenty of brands that create sustainable swimwear and are committed to making pieces that have less of a negative impact on the environment. One of our favourites is Canadian brand Londre, which has a minimum of six recycled plastic bottles in every swimsuit. All of the water used in production is chemical-free and able to be reused, plus the minimal packaging is made from corn, so it’s compostable as well as recyclable. We also love the different designs that flatter every single body type.
7. Reusable Food Wraps
Cut down on single-use plastic waste at the beach by skipping on concession and bringing your own snacks. We love these Beeswax Food Wraps by Hunny Bee that are perfect for wrapping up sandwiches and storing fruit. You can also use them to cover up your own mini bowls of salad or chips. They are biodegradable, durable and very easy to wash.
8. Face Spray
Keep your face nourished and hydrated through out the day with this mist by Herbivore. Made with vegan hyaluronic acid, organic rose and coconut water, it’s like an extra little drink of water for your skin. Plus, it has a beautiful fragrance.
9. Sun Hat
Staying shielded from the sun’s harsh rays is very important at the beach, and a chic sun hat will definitely help with that. Our favourite is this wide-brim summer hat by Cuyana made in Ecuador. This brand believes in creating fewer items that are high-quality and sustainable using mindfully sourced materials put together by artisans in safe working conditions. Be sure to check out its Lean Closet Program where you can give items you no longer require new life.
10. Beach Towel
Lastly, everyone needs a plush towel, whether you’re laying down to tan or dry off after taking a dip. Delilah Home’s beach collection features towels that are made from 100 percent Turkish organic cotton, Global Organic Textile Standard certified, and very absorbent. They are also thick and absorbent, and come in trendy patterns.