Eco-Friendly Beach Summer Essentials Guide For The Sustainably-Minded Shopper

Eco-Friendly Beach Summer Essentials Guide For The Sustainably-Minded Shopper

Let’s go to the beach! I’m literally writing this whilst sitting in my swimsuit (ethically made of course) by the beach, with the sun in my eyes, sand in my toes, and waves crashing slowly. Bliss. It’s summertime in the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s looking like a hot one. You’re going to need some summer essentials for the months ahead. Rock your ethical style at the beach this summer with these top beach babe essentials who all ship worldwide:

Eco Tote bags

The Eba Tote – $195 USD

The Eba tote can be used as a work and travel bag, and in the summer, you can fill it with beach essentials and it’s good to go. On the larger side, this is the type of bag that fits a towel, sundress, drink bottle, sunscreen, book or two, small cushion, and sandwich, without a struggle. It is 100% ethically made and vegan friendly.

EBA tote bag - vegan leather bag for summer

Mulxiply Canvas and Leather Tote – $58 USD

If you’re after something slightly smaller, this unique Mulxiply is a durable canvas and leather bag handmade by artisans in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Mulxiply team work with artisans to create sustainable change and positive economic impact. This ethically-made tote is an excellent companion at the beach or summer time market.

Mulxiply canvas tote bag ethically made in Nepal

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Organic Cotton Towels

Loom Beach Towels – From $139 – $229 AUD

Imagine lying down in the sunshine on a dreamy organic cotton towel, dyed naturally, and made ethically in Turkey on 100-year-old shuttle looms. What a way to start beach towel envy! These gorgeous Pestamal towels can be bought in four different colours and are perfect for chilling at the beach or poolside.

Loom Towels GOTS certified organic towel Australia

Fair Sea Supply Round Beach Towels – $128 USD

You know that classic moment when you get sand on the edges of your towel. So, you curse, pick it up, shake it off, and start all over again with your masterful towel positioning? Well, Fair Sea Supply have designed round Turkish towels to solve this issue for you. Sewn with care and precision in California, these organic cotton beauties can be whatever you want them to be: a towel, throw, blanket, or picnic rug; the possibilities are endless.

Fair Seas Supply Co. Organic Cotton Beach Towel and Beach Blanket

Eco-Friendly Tanning Solutions

Ethique Tanning Bar – $45 NZD worldwide shipping available

This is the first year I have indulged in self-tanning, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back now I’ve discovered the Ethique Bombshell. You simply slide the bar along your skin, rub in, and wa-la. Ditch the bottle; all Ethique packaging is compostable in your home compost bin. The bombshell makes for a beautiful natural glow in only one treatment, and an even darker, but still natural, colour, in the second. If you love low maintenance beauty regimes like me, you must try this out.

Eco Tan – $34.95 AUD worldwide shipping available

Eco Tan are Australia’s number one organic tan and body care range. Certified organic, toxic free, chemical free, and vegan and loved by many, eco conscious and not. Kick start your summer tan and look after your skin with this eco-friendly tanning lotion.

Eco Tan Australia's Favourite Eco-Friendly Tanning Lotion


Travelling Picnic Table $49.90 NZD

How many times have you sat at the beach or park, and awkwardly placed your glass next to you only to have it topple over immediately and waste your perfect mojito? This picnic table from The Mood Store is genius. Handcrafted in New Zealand from solid pine timber sourced from sustainably grown trees, the table fits cans, wine glasses, coffee cups, or beer bottles, along with a nice little platform for your choice of cheese and crackers. Simply drive the stake into the ground at the beach, park, or even your back garden. The stake folds up easily so you can pop it in your tote bag and whip it out whenever you need.

The Mood Store Travelling Eco-Friendly Picnic Table

Sustainable Beachwear

Elle Evans Swimwear – $90 – $155 AUD

The swimwear label of every eco gal’s dreams, and recently seen strutting the runway at Eco Fashion Week Australia, Elle Evans create one piece swimwear and bikinis from 100% recycled fabric in a workshop in Melbourne. Their new collection involves fruity prints, one pieces, and strapless bikinis.

Elle Evans Eco Friendly Bikinis and One Piece Swimwear Australia

Subs Flip Flops – $26 NZD

Environmentally conscious brand Subs have worked out a way to transform plastic pollution into a solution… flip flops, or thongs as they call them in Australia. These guys walk the walk and run all sorts of awesome initiatives including marine debris clean ups. The range of colours – yellow, pink blue, green to name but a few – and choice between regular and slender means subs are slowly taking over the world and should really be on your feet too.

Subs Sustainable Upcycled Flip Flops Thongs

Vitamin A – $78 – $200 USD

A bikini should make you feel a million bucks on the beach, and Vitamin A have made it their mission to do this for you, whilst looking after the planet. Their sustainably produced bikinis and beachwear are made from recycled Nylon and designed and made in California for beach babes all over the world.

Vitamin A Feminine Sustainable Eco Luxe Bikinis and Swimwear

Related Post: 13 Ethical & Sustainable Swimwear Brands to Look Out For

Classic White Panama Hat – $39 AUD

Stay sun smart, but super glam. Ecoture’s classic panama is a staple piece for everyone’s wardrobe. Cruelty-free, ethically made, fair trade, handmade in Ecuador, organic, sustainable, vegan… ticks pretty much all the boxes. Ecoture know what we want, and guaranteed it will go with every single one of your summer outfits.

Ecoture Classic White Fedora Panama Hat

Natural Sun Protection

Frankie Apothecary Natural Sunscreen – $49 NZD

Coming to you in a sweet eco-friendly glass jar, Frankie Apothecary have spent time in the lab creating a magic potion which protects your skin from the sun in the most natural way. I don’t know about you, but I think this is absolute wizardry. Frankie look after you AND the planet.

Frankie Apothecary Natural Sunscreen

Sun & Earth Natural Zinc – $20 AUD Available in Australia, Europe and USA

Handmade in Byron Bay in a solar powered office, Sun & Earth Natural Zinc come in three colour tints to suit all skin tones. It offers SPF 30 sun protection, is 100% natural although not vegan as there is a beeswax base. This zinc is for sun lovers, surfers and outdoorsy types.

Sun and Earth Natural Zinc

Eco Sunnies

Topheads Eyewear – $149.95 AUD

The Charney is the newest addition to the Topheads wood and cotton based acetate hybrid range. Featuring a stylish double bridge, walnut wooden temples, spring hinges, and acetate tips, the Charney are great for both guys and girls under the sun this summer. If this style is not for you, there is a broad range of other eco-friendly sunnies made from bamboo, wood or recycled skateboard decks to choose from. Visit the Topheads website to browse through the collection.

Topheads Eco-Friendly Sunglasses 'Charney' Sunglasses

For more sustainable sunglasses options, check out our post, 11 Eco-Friendly Ethical Sunglasses Brands You Can Wear This Summer and Beyond.

Title image credit: Fair Seas Supply Co.

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