Summer is just around the corner and we’re dreaming of misty waves, salty air, and sand between our toes. In preparation for vacay season we’ve found several compact essentials that are good for us and the earth too. What’s in your beach bag? Here’s what’s in ours…
Original Organics – SPF 20+ natural sunscreen
Every day at the beach – no matter how tan you are planning on getting – must begin with sunscreen. This Original Organics sunscreen works just as well as any other…except it has a natural essence of almond, carrot, and no icky stuff! This nontoxic ‘screen contains non-nano zinc oxide, which means no harmful substances will be absorbed into your skin. Other ingredients include coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E oil.
Lucy & Leo – Hand Cleanser
Lucy & Leo waterless Hand Cleanser is a lifesaver in times when you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands. This alcohol-free sanitizer contains aloe vera, vitamin E, rosemary, eucalyptus, clove and lemon essential oils for maximum hydration and cleanliness. Made in New York City, the cleanser is all natural and nontoxic.
Herbs + Oil Bath – Sea + Salt Hair Mist
We love Herbs+ Oil Bath’s Sea + Salt Hair Mist because it not only nourishes your locks and gives your hair a sultry summer glow, it doubles as a body spray that mists moisture back into your sunned skin. Aloe Vera and Dead Sea Salt combine forces to protect your hair and skin, while added Vanilla Essential Oil calms the mind, reducing stress while conditioning and soothing.
Bubi bottle – 22oz
When in the sun, staying hydrated on the inside is equally – if not more – important than on the outside! Bubi Bottles are perfect for the beach, due to the collapsible properties and hands-free straw. In fact, the Bubi Bottle is so malleable that it can roll up to fit inside your pocket when it’s not in use. Nontoxic and low carbon – Florida-based Bubi Bottles come in two sizes and nine colors!
iwood Ecodesign – Sunglasses
Now that we’ve got your skin covered, it’s time to protect the eyes! iWood Ecodesign takes recycling to a whole new level by re-using precious wood veneers from luxury corporate aircraft interiors. While the lenses have 100% UVA/UVB protection, the sunnies are handcrafted to be lightweight and comfortable on the face. With a range of frame styles, any iWood Ecodesign sunglasses are a must in our beach bag.
Otis & Eleanor: Bongo Speakers & Bamboo Ear Buds
Tunes are necessary for any day by the shore. NYC-based Otis & Eleanor have you covered for any on-the-go listening experience. If you’re alone – or want to be – tune out with their bamboo ear buds. For a larger group, O&E has Bluetooth bongo speakers in 10 different color variations! Both pieces are true works of art – and have wonderful acoustics due to its bamboo body . Not only are they natural, organic and handmade – but have been upcycled through fair trade.
Crookedseamz – Denim Rag Quilt
OK, so, maybe this isn’t actually in the beach bag… but it will do – slung around your neck until you reach your destination. The denim is perfect for the beach, as it’s incredibly easy to wipe off most of the gunk manually. The queen size quilt has been carefully upcycled and crafted from discarded blue jeans. The inside of each square is cushioned with your choice of bamboo, cotton or soy batting, and the flip side is backed with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) organic cotton or flannel. Pennslyvania-based CrookedSeamz hand-makes all their custom-made-to-order items.
In need of a beach bag? Here’s one that’s currently on our lust list:
Future Glory Co. – Presidio Tote in Palms
With one-foot long adjustable straps (in veggie tanned leather), this canvas tote is comfortable, stylish and practical to bring to the beach. These totes come in a range of colors, handmade sweatshop free in San Francisco. Future Glory also happens to profit share- donating a percentage of every purchase to Freedom House, a Bay Area rescue home for women who have been sexually exploited.
Phoebe is from San Francisco, California and has lived in Manhattan for a year. She is studying Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design, in her second year of their Bachelor of Business Administration program. When she’s not working on EcoHabitude’s blog or social media platforms, she loves to explore New York City rooftops, upcycle her clothes and learn new languages.
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