As the summer sun starts beaming down its hottest rays of the year, you might be dreaming of the sand, surf and a refreshing dip in the ocean. Before you pack your bags and head to the nearest beach, make sure you have all the best eco-friendly gear. Here are our top 10 picks!
Cycle Dog Trail Buddy Collapsible Dog Bowl
Keeping your furry friend hydrated is extremely important in the dog days of summer. If you’re planning to take Fido to the beach, make sure you pack a water bowl. This eco-friendly, portable water bowl from Cycle Dog is perfect. It folds flat so it’s compact and easy to transport. In addition to using FDA-approved materials in the bowl, the company uses recycled bicycle inner tubes for the outer lining, making this product safe and green.
Looking for an eco-friendly way to shade your eyes? Look no further than SOLO eyewear. The company’s sunglasses are all handcrafted with recycled bamboo. And they also support a good cause. For every pair of sunglasses you buy, Solo Eyewear will donate a pair of prescription glasses to people in need — there are more than 1 billion of them!
Kassatex Spiagga Beach Towel
These huge beach towels are ideal for drying off or lying out. Made with 100 percent organic cotton, the towel is free from harmful chemicals. Best of all, the reverse side of the towel is woven with a special tight canvas that won’t pick up sand. You can buy these fun anti-sand beach towels from The Grommet.
Polar Bottle Reusable Water Bottle
Don’t litter the beach with dozens of plastic water bottles. Instead, make a small investment in a reusable option and reduce your environmental impact. This option from Polar Bottle is a smart choice. Not only is it BPA-free, it’s also American-made with locally sourced parts. The durable bottle will last for years and replacement caps are always free. If there comes a time when you need to get rid of the bottle, the entire thing is recyclable.
If you plan to pack a picnic or want to keep your reusable bottles on ice, the best option is a Coleman cooler. Coleman is the standard for durability so your ice chest will last for years to come. Beyond the environmental benefit of its endurance, Coleman’s coolers are made to be green. Every one of them is constructed with ThermOZONE insulation, which is free of ozone-depleting compounds such as CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), a common chemical in many types of foam coolers.
Sea Bags Tote
What beach trip could be complete without a good beach bag? You’ll need somewhere to put your stuff after all! We recommend this beautiful bag from Sea Bags. You can choose one of the company’s coastal options or custom design a bag of your own. No matter what you choose, rest assured that it’s eco-friendly. All of the company’s bags are made from recycled sails. It doesn’t get any more beach-y than that!
FeelGoodz Flip Flops
Although you’ll probably spend the majority of your beach time with your toes in the sand, you’ll still need a good pair of flip flops for your vacation. However, not all sandals are created equal. This comfy pair of flip flops from FeelGoodz is made with natural rubber. As opposed to chemical-laden synthetic rubber, natural rubber is derived from a rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) and can be extracted without harming the health of the tree. Now you can literally have an eco-friendly footprint!
The Honest Company Sunscreen
Protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays is a priority at the beach. But most big-name brands have products riddled with chemicals that are bad for your body and the environment. Put your worries to rest with sunscreen from The Honest Company. It offers a mineral-based SPF 30 spray that’s free from synthetic chemicals, fragrances and dyes. It’s also non-greasy, hypoallergenic and safe for kids.
Badger Anti-Bug Balm
Unfortunately, your vacation may not be free from creepy crawlies and mosquitos. This all-natural, organic bug repellant is just what you need to ward off unwanted bites. Badger’s Anti-Bug Balm is certified USDA organic and only uses natural ingredients such as citronella and lemongrass essential oils. Plus it’s free from DEET, petroleum and other harmful chemicals found in many bug sprays.
If you have little ones or just enjoy playing in the sand yourself, Green Toys offers an eco-friendly beach set that’s sure to please. The set, which includes a bucket, shovel, rake and sand castle mold, is American-made. It’s also constructed with 100 percent recycled materials — primarily milk jugs — so your sand castle fun will be as Earth-friendly as possible.