5 {Ethical & Eco-friendly} Summer Beach Essentials

Hello lovelies! We’ve reached that point in the summer where hopefully you have a relaxing vacation planned. For me, the beach is my preferred escape. There’s no where I’d rather be, connecting with nature and soaking up some vitamin sea. So I’ve rounded up my 5 favorite sustainable, ethical, and nontoxic beach essentials as your guide for the summer. They served me well on my recent trip to the beach, and I hope they do the same for you!

  1. Las Bayadas {Recycled Cotton} Beach Towel

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This large, colorful beach towel from Las Bayadas was inspired by Mexican culture. It is incredibly soft, and made with recycled cotton. I initially found the blanket through Madewell (available here for $45.00). You can also check it out directly from Las Bayadas here, for $48.00. It’s large enough to fit multiple people on it, so it can also be used as a picnic blanket, or a blanket to sit on for outdoor summer concerts. But its more than just a well-made towel…

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The Las Bayadas blanket is woven in Mexico, and 10% of the profits are donated to the Costa Verde International School, to support a “green” scholarship program for its students. Read more about Las Bayadas here. The Costa Verde International School teaches preschool through 9th grade, and highlights the importance of environmental sustainability and respect for nature. Read more about the school here.

2. Athleta {Tencel} Beach Coverup


Athleta’s Chambray Riviera Cover-Up

Sale alert! Before going to the beach, I combed the internet to find a reasonably priced cover up that was made with eco-friendly materials. I finally scored at Athleta with this Chambray Riviera Cover-Up sustainable beach cover up. It features an off-the-shoulder style, white embroidery on the sleeves, and is made from indigo-dyed Tencel which uses less water, energy and chemicals than traditional dying techniques. It’s currently on sale here (sizes are going fast!) for $29.97!

3. Butterbean Organics {Nontoxic} SPF30 Original Formula Sunscreen


For protecting my skin this summer, I’ve been using Butterbean’s nontoxic SPF30 Original Formula Sunscreen. It’s made with fair Trade and certified organic coconut oil and shea butter, and of course, none of those toxic chemicals found in most sunscreens. You can read more about the certified organic ingredients that Butterbean uses here. The sunscreen is more than just nontoxic. It’s also cruelty-free, reef safe, and biodegradable! Get it here for $22.00.

4. Madewell x Surfrider Foundation ‘Long live the beach’ {Recycled Cotton} T-shirt


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Madewell x Surfrider Tee
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Madewell x Surfrider Tee

Madewell collaborated with Surfrider Foundation this summer to create an exclusive t-shirt, with a sweet ode: Long live the beach. The shirt is, of course, sustainably made with recycled cotton. You can get it for $45 here. The mission of Surfrider Foundation is “dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.” – something we can all get behind! With it’s lightweight nature, this top is perfect for hot summer days. I fully expect to be wearing it all summer, even when I’m not at the beach. 🙂

5.Athleta’s UPF {Recycled Polyester} Protection

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I’m all for soaking up the sun, but sometimes you need to protect your skin from the sun with more than just sunscreen. Enter Athleta’s line of UPF clothing. (P.S. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor.) The Pacifica UPF Tank 3.0 is a top-rated style that has a versatile design to carry you to various sun-filled summer activities. But the goodness doesn’t stop there. The Pacifica tank is made from recycled polyester, lessening the amount of plastic headed to our landfills. The tank is available in multiple colors, with the Electric Fushia color shown above. Available here for $29.99.

I hope you enjoy these summer picks! Let me know what you think in the comments below. 🙂

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