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Choosing Sustainable Beach Essentials

The ocean is a popular relaxing spot for everyone and it is one of the top choices for vacations. However, you have to be aware of how your actions impact the ocean. We are responsible for its pollution and this is mainly due to the use of plastic. So it makes sense to choose sustainable or eco-friendly accessories and clothing when you visit the beach so that you don’t add to the pollution. And this can also help you maintain your sustainable stance whether it is enjoying time on the beach or walking around the city.

There are many ways to minimise the impact we have on the environment. Living sustainably can help this undertaking and many people have adopted a zero waste lifestyle to ensure they don’t harm the environment. When you take only sustainable beach accessories and items to the beach, you don’t have to worry about accidentally adding harmful waste to the beach and the ocean. By removing plastic from the items you bring to the beach, you are avoiding polluting the beach completely. To improve sustainability, you can start with your wardrobe. You can select an organic cotton t-shirt to wear to the beach. This is a versatile wardrobe staple that can be paired with so many outfits and the cotton will be breathable and lightweight. It will keep you comfortable even in a sunny climate.

There are also ethical clothing pieces that you can wear. There are ethical denim shorts made of closed loop production systems that don’t waste a lot of water. There are also lightweight summer dresses and shirts that are made of natural fabrics such as linen, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo etc. There are also fabrics made out of recycled materials. You can even select sustainable swimwear made out of quality materials. Some synthetic swimsuits offer low quality options that can shed microplastics into the sea. There are also accessories such as bags and sunglasses that you can choose carefully. When it comes to sunglasses, you can look into models that have been made using ethical processes and created plastic-free. One such option is cotton based acetate.

What about footwear? You can also make ethical and sustainable choices in this. There are durable sandals that are made ethically. You can look into brands that have sustainable manufacturing processes and ensure their workers are compensated well. Some of the ethical materials used for sandals are recycled materials, sustainable rubber, pineapple leather and organic cork. A bag is essential when going to the beach to store clothing, accessories, sunscreen etc. You can choose a cotton tote bag that can be easily washed and cleaned. A common problem is wet sand sticking to the bag and you don’t need to worry about this as you can easily clean and dry a cotton tote bag. You can also select a fair-trade brand when purchasing a cross-body bag. There are vegan options that you can choose if that is a lifestyle choice you have made. There are also fair-trade leather crossbody bags. 

Emerson Burton
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