Summer at last!
As the weather warms up, I find myself finally hanging my trench coats and cropped pants in the back of my closet, and rotating more skirts and tanks into my everyday look.
And since I live near a beach, the hot weather can only mean one thing: revealing in sun, sand and surf. So I’ve today put together a short list of my favourite sustainable beach gear.
I love a great monokini, and this crisscross version is just beautiful! Naja is a new company to me, but its range of eco-friendly bras and panties have already won me over. And I feel great wearing this strikingly number in the cute pattern called Get Happy, since the fabric created using recycled plastic bottles. Love it!
2. Badger SPF 20 Rose Tinted Face Sunscreen: My clean sunscreen game is strong, but I do find that many clean sunscreens make my face break out. That’s all about to change, thanks to an EWG recommendation and this Tinted Face Sunscreen. Not only does it boast a non-greasy formula, but the subtle tint forever ends the “will I? won’t I?” wear makeup to the beach debate.
3. Tribe Eco Sunglasses by Proof: I wear shades all year long for fashion and sun protection, but I’ll definitely rock these funky shades this summer. They’re made by a family of artisans in Idaho, and are produced from sustainable materials such as cotton-based acetate and repurposed skateboard decks.
4. Wide Stripe Jute Tote Bag in Natural: Of course, a trip to the beach requires a laid-back tote to stash all your essentials in. And I love this one I found on People Tree not only for its beachy style, but also its versatility. Made from recycled saris that have been coloured with eco-friendly dyes, it’s cute enough to carry around town as well. And it was made by Saipur Enterprises, a fair trade group from Bangladesh.
5. Clyde Pinch Colette Hat: I’ve always been a sucker for a great straw hat, and thanks to the upscale style website Oroboro, I’ve discovered that switching to sustainable fashion doesn’t mean giving up my favourite summer hat! They carry this amazing Colette hat, created by a New York City artisan.
6. Sara Vegan Asymmetical Slip-on in Red: What would summer be without sandals? I love the innovative design of these vegan ones from Bhava, and the way they pick up the subtle red in the Naja Taylor Monokini. Bonus! Right now, they’re on sale with the code ‘sara’.
7. Ready, Set, Vacay Dress: And when the sun sets and it’s time to leave the beach, I love throwing on a flowy maxi dress. This one, from the Modcloth Eco-Friendly section, would be perfect to throw over the Naja Taylor Monokini. Surf-side to cocktails in one easy step!
So how about you? What are some of your sustainable summer essentials? I would love to hear all above it in the comments section below!