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

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

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
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.
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
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.
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.
S'well Onyx 17 oz. Bottle
Embodying translucent hues in the purest form, the Stone Collection emulates the most coveted semi-precious gems.
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.
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.

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