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Top 10 ethical accessories for an eco-friendly beach trip

Summer is officially upon us, and with the holidays approaching, many long and lazy beach days are on the horizon. If you’re looking to make your trips to the beach more sustainable this year, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a selection of the top ten ethical and eco-friendly beach accessories – from recycled umbrellas to bamboo buckets and spades – to help you make the most of our beautiful beaches, without harming the planet in the process.

 

A sea cleaning cooler bag from Pelli Bags

Pelli

Pelli Bags are helping to keep picnics cool and the ocean clean, with each large cooler bag sold seeing the Pelli team clean up 26m2 of ocean through their partnership with Ocean Crusaders. The large cooler bags from Pelli (titled the Chill Homie, and living up to the name) are made from sustainably sourced insulated jute and dyed canvas, and feature a side pocket for drinks and a secure zip pocket for little valuables.

 

Recycled, recyclable sandals from TWOOBS

TWOOBS

If you’re looking for go-to beach shoes, look no further. TWOOBS sandals are made from recycled, 100% cruelty free materials, and look effortlessly cool with any and every beach outfit.

 

A sustainable sun hat from Will & Bear

Will & Bear

Will & Bear make more than high quality hats: they make a travel lifestyle content that makes you want to immediately sell your house and move into a van, and they also make a difference. For every hat sold, Will & Bear plant ten trees through their partnership with Trees For The Future, so you’ll be saving your head from the summer heat and saving Senegal from deforestation.

 

A seagrass basket from Wandering Sol

Wandering Sol

It’s called the Sol Shopper, but we think this seagrass basket makes the perfect beach bag. Big enough to fit a bucket and spade, and hand-crafted from strong, 100% naturally biodegradable seagrass.

 

A recycled umbrella from Land & Sand Essentials

Land & Sand

To keep you and your family shaded from the summer sun, Land & Sand Essentials have created a range of beautiful and across-the-board sustainable beach umbrellas. The (perfectly patterned) umbrella canopies are made from recycled plastic bottles which provide SPF50 protection, and are adorned with cotton tassels and vegan leather labels. For every purchase made, the team at Land & Sand Essentials help restore balance to Australia’s natural environment through their partnership with Greening Australia.

 

A sustainable, sand-proof beach towel from The Summer Chaser

The Summer Chaser

This Melbourne based company makes colourful beach towels from certified post-consumer recycled plastic, and donates to The Ocean Cleanup to help get our seas as plastic-free as possible.

 

Eco friendly sunscreen from our six favourite brands

P4O

Because there’s more than just one, we put together a round-up of our favourite ethically made, eco-friendly sunscreens to keep you and your family safe on the beach this summer.

 

An Australian cotton hooded towel from Winki Suits

Winki

These pastel hooded towels are the ultimate beach outfit: practical, pretty and ethically made. Through their partnerships with Honor 1000 and The Blessed Project, the team at Winki help empower Filippino women to escape the trap of human trafficking.

 

Recycled sunglasses from Parafina

Parafina

Parafina make stylish glasses from recycled materials, and as part of their social impact commitment, donate 5% of their income to funding primary school education in a small neighbourhood in Paraguay.

 

A bamboo and bioplastic beach bucket and spade from The Beach People

The Beach People

Because no beach trip is complete without a sand castle, the team at The Beach People have created the ultimate building kit, and despite the name (the Kids Beach Toy Set), we think it’s one for all ages. The four piece set is made from unbleached compostable bamboo and bio-plastic, with a hemp rope handle on the bucket and a canvas carry bag.

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