Eco-fabulous beach chic

No need to wave a sign saying “Keep Our Seas Clean” or “Protect Our Reefs” this summer when you can show your love for the planet by hitting the beach with the latest eco-friendly accessories and must-haves!

Eco beach items


You don’t have to compromise on style this summer when playing it safe in the sun! Eco-fashionistas will adore Coolibar, a sun-savvy line that is rated UPF 50+ and blocks 98 percent of the UV rays when enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, every item in the Coolibar collection provides protection against both UVB (burning rays) and UVA (aging rays) with maximum effectiveness, unlike regular clothing. Plus, for those with tiny tots in tow, Coolibar has developed an ingenious sun blanket, which protects infants’ delicate skin. Made of Coolibar’s own ZnO Suntect fabric, the blanket is a cotton/bamboo/Spandex blend that’s as soft as a baby’s bottom, lightweight and breathable. It’s rated UPF 50+ and is available in four beautiful summery colors: white, crisp aqua, morning sky and melon.


Sun protection at its best! The new all-natural moisturizing body protection SPF 30 by Suntegrity™ is an earth-friendly must-have for the beach this summer. It was notably featured in this year’s EWG 2011 Sunscreen Guide under “Best Sunscreens.” Packaged in a recyclable tube, this all-over nourishing sunblock is vegan, non-toxic and paraben-free, and does not contain any UV chemical blockers, so it’s reef-safe. We like how easily it glides on with no greasy residue!


Eco-consciousness and elegance meld into one perfect, ergonomically correct shape for clean, fresh water while out and about this summer. S’well, a high-end designer insulated water bottle (keeps drinks cold more than 12 hours, hot for 8), makes a donation to WaterAid with every purchase to build wells for those who don’t have access to clean water.


This eco-chic travel bag from Danielle-Nicole is made from durable natural straw with a double top grip handle and additional shoulder strap for those heavy days or long walks, while the roomy interior and drawstring closure is ideal for carrying a towel, sunscreen and book. An inside pocket helps to organize small essentials, and a zipper-off bottom compartment is perfect for storing sandy flip-flops.


Who says you can’t wear jewelry that doesn’t cost a mint to match your yellow polka dot bikini? Whether it’s holding your hair back with fashion, or adding that summer sun touch with floral designs, JousJous offers the playful, earth-conscious woman the latest in handmade accessories to reflect sunny rays. Each beautifully unique item is created by hand and most of the designs are crafted with recycled materials. Whatever your style on the beach this summer, JousJous has the perfect complement.

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