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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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