With summer just around the corner, many of us may be braving the post-covid-19 travel restrictions and heading to our warm summer destinations of choice (or hitting our nearest local beaches if we’re lucky!). A few things come to mind when we think about our summer holidays: relaxing, eating good food, spending time with friends and of course, the sun and beach. How do we remain consciously sustainable when on holiday though? With the temptation to just let go and enjoy ourselves with abandon, we could be making some damaging choices to the environment that we normally perhaps wouldn’t. Of course it’s important to relax a little, but we can do it mindfully too!
Spending a day at the beach sustainably calls for some preparation:
- Bringing your reusable water bottle
- Eco-friendly sun protection (including a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and beach coverup)
- Sustainable swimwear
Some sustainable lightweight materials for the summer include hemp, linen, and recycled econyl fabrics for swimwear. Check out our website ecofashionlabels.com to find some items made of these fabrics.
A few options for sustainable swimwear include:
- Scampi Swimwear
- All Sisters Swimwear
- Reset Priority
- Margaret and Hermione
- Stay Wild Swim
- Fisch Swim
- Ohoy Swim
- Casa Raki
Did you know that when it comes to sunscreen, some can have harmful chemicals in them which can be dangerous and detrimental to ocean life and coral reefs? There are different types of sunscreen, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen absorbs into the skin and absorbs the UV rays, transforming UV rays to heat; while physical sunscreen uses minerals that provide a physical barrier to UV rays, which reflect and bounce away from it.
The types of UV rays we talk about when discussing sun protection, are UVA and UVB rays. Long wave UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin associated with long-term sun exposure, and shorter wave UVB rays touch the skin’s surface, causing tans and sunburns. Most importantly however, is that BOTH of these can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
Chemical sunscreens have been found to be dangerous not only to our health but also to the environment because of chemicals like Oxybenzone which can trigger allergic reactions and hormone disruptions in children. They can also cause coral bleaching.
To offset the harm you could be doing to your health as well as the ocean’s ecosystem, opt for mineral sunscreen, which is composed of biodegradable minerals Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and protect the oceans whilst simultaneously protecting yourself!
Some safer mineral sunscreen options are:
- Banyan Tree – Coconut and Seaweed Mineral Sunscreen
- Colorescience – Sunforgettable Total Protection
- Neutrogena – SheerZinc Face Mineral Sunscreen
- All Good – Zinc Sun Butter
- Juice Beauty – Sport Sunscreen
- Elta MD – UV Sport Broad-Spectrum
- Drunk Elephant – Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense
- Avene – Mineral Sunscreen Fluid
- REN – Clean Screen Mineral Mattifying Face Screen
- Supergoop – Mineral Matte Screen
- Heliocare – Mineral Tolerance Fluid