16 Eco-Friendly Beach Essentials That Are Kind to the Planet
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16 Eco-Friendly Beach Essentials That Are Kind to the Planet

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By Samantha Daly
Planning to hit the coast this summer? Put your dollars to good use by investing in these sustainable picks.

The most eco-friendly action is to not buy anything at all—but if you're looking for a new beach towel, picnic supplies, or swim trunks before hitting the water, we've got the scoop on brands that are big on style yet easy on the earth.

Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Sand Bucket & Toys
Ekobo Recycled Bamboo Sand Bucket & Toys
Surf and turf.  For the kids in our lives, summer means sand and sun and all things fun, whether they’re building sandcastles on the beach or at the playground. Give your little architects the best tools: a BPA-and phthalate-free bucket and scoops made of renewable bamboo fiber.
Brooklinen Hammam Robe
Brooklinen Hammam Robe
DETAILS  Beachside - 97% Cotton / 3% Polyester  Pebble - 88% Cotton / 12% Polyester  Made in Turkey  LINEN QUALITIES  Coordinating stripe design to our hammam towels  Versatile - perfect for the beach, pool, or spa  Ultra-absorbent terry interior ...
Igloo Recool Cooler
Igloo Recool Cooler
Igloo's new RECOOL cooler was created to provide an alternative to environmentally harmful foam coolers. Made entirely from biodegradable materials, RECOOL can biodegrade and return to the Earth after use, rather than polluting our environment or filling a landfill.
Verterra Large Compostable Wooden Plate - Set of 25
Verterra Large Compostable Wooden Plate - Set of 25
A different kind of paper plate. If a tree falls in the forest, it may not make a sound -- but it does make a plate. Or a bowl, or a serving dish. This minimalist disposable dinnerware is a no-brainer for your next big party.
Herbivore Moon Fruit Night Treatment
Herbivore Moon Fruit Night Treatment
Multitasking night cream from Herbivore. Packed with fruit enzymes to deliver hydrated, smooth skin through the night.
Everlane Baseball Cap
Everlane Baseball Cap
We made our first ball cap in a lightweight, breathable cotton poplin, with brushed metal hardware and tonal embroidery.
DIFF Brooks 50mm Round Sunglasses
DIFF Brooks 50mm Round Sunglasses
These sleek sunglasses bring the counterculture spirit of the 1960s into the 21st century with lightweight metal frames and CR-39 lenses.
Tidal New York Tide Flip Flop
Tidal New York Tide Flip Flop
Molded arch support and a responsive polyurethane sole add comfort to breezy flip-flops made in New York of USA-sourced materials.
Slowtide Zeppelin Blanket
Slowtide Zeppelin Blanket
Slowly floating over the hills and far away with the Zeppelin Beach Blanket.  Light & easy. These 100% cotton turkish towels are the perfect grab-and-go for any destination.
S'well 25 Oz. Water Bottle
S'well 25 Oz. Water Bottle
Established in 2010, S'well is the only reusable bottle that looks great and does good. S'well keeps your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12, while giving back to those in need. S'well bottles are beautifully crafted and designed to last.
SIN Handwoven Beach Towels
SIN Handwoven Beach Towels
Simplicity, seaside.  Spread out this beach towel in all its understated elegance and admire it for a moment or two. Then stretch out over that super-absorbent 50/50 cotton hemp blend, listen to the waves crashing, and appreciate the comfort of the fabric up close.
Fjällräven Totepack No.1 Water Resistant Tote
Fjällräven Totepack No.1 Water Resistant Tote
Modern, minimalist style and everyday convenience coexist effortlessly in this sturdy waxed-canvas tote with plenty of space to store your daily essentials.
COOLA Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 - Fragrance-Free
COOLA Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 - Fragrance-Free
COOLA’s Mineral Body Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 - Fragrance-Free formula provides chemical-active free, broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA/UVB exposure.
Patagonia Baggies 7-Inch Swim Trunks
Patagonia Baggies 7-Inch Swim Trunks
Pull-on shorts designed for wear in and out of the water are cut from recycled nylon with a quick-drying finish and feature mesh lining for a supportive fit.
Good Man Brand Slubbed Knit Slim Fit Shirt
Good Man Brand Slubbed Knit Slim Fit Shirt
Striated cotton slub jersey brings mottled, easygoing texture to a knit shirt that feels like an old-favorite T-shirt.
Mafia Bags Deep Blue Bag
Mafia Bags Deep Blue Bag
Upcycled spinnaker and kite sails, repurposed wetsuit/drysuit material, salvaged climbing ropes from Yosemite. Designed by Yves Béhar supporting Sustainable Surf.