11 Beach Bag Essentials for a Healthy & Sustainable Summer
Look after yourself and the planet, and make the most out of your beach day by popping these in your beach bag.
Sand Cloud Towel
Known for their tie dyed and acid wash designs, have the prettiest towel on the beach in fast-drying Egyptian cotton, all while helping to preserve marine life; 10% of all Sand Cloud profits go to marine conservation.
Will & Bear Wide Brim 100% Straw Hat
Protect your face, neck and decolletage, and do your bit to protect the planet with this summer staple. High-quality hats with an eco-conscience, Will & Bear prides itself on utilising entirely natural materials - and plants 10 trees in honour of every purchase.
Straddie Island Zinc Sunscreen
If you’re after a natural and effective alternative to commercial, chemical-laden sunscreen, this is it. Providing SPF 30+ protection, Straddie Island Sunscreen is ocean friendly, comes in recyclable packaging, and doubles as a moisturiser thanks to ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil.
Coco Luxe 100% Pure Coconut Water
Skip the refined sugar and artificial colour and flavour-laden sports drinks, and rehydrate with this quality coconut water instead. It’s free from added sugar and preservatives, and unlike many commercial coconut waters, is not made from concentrate.
MooGoo Natural SPF 15 Lip Balm
Made with edible ingredients so that you won’t be absorbing any chemical nasties through your lips. Zinc oxide provides natural SPF protection, moisturising oils (like sweet almond and jojoba) help prevent summer-chapped lips, and strawberry extract means this tastes delicious.
JAMA Deodorant Stick
Keep BO at bay, the natural way. Jama is aluminium free, not tested on animals, features ingredients like drying tapioca starch (which won’t clog your pores), and extracts from ingredients like grapefruit and vanilla for natural fragrance.
Wellness By Tess Probiotic Bites
Handmade in Sydney, these wholefood bites of goodness come in must-try flavours like Hazelnut Crunch and Salted Caramel Crunch. With raw ingredients like dates, nuts, coconut and cacao nibs, one of these makes a nutritionally balanced, portable snack to help keep you going all (beach) day long. Plus they contain one billion probiotics in every bite - support for your digestive and immune system!
Soul Seed Super Seed Snaps
Perfect for when you want something a little sweet and a little savoury, these hemp seed-studded snaps come in flavours like Turmeric & Black Pepper, and Spicy Sriracha. Rich in fibre and plant protein, a handful makes a filling, slow-burning energy snack – unlike the highly processed snacks from the kiosk.
Another innovative product that proves plastic doesn’t have to be the solution to everything, these noise-isolating wood earphones are compatible with Apple, Blackberry and Android devices. Low Tox Life would be a fitting podcast to listen to with these.
Pela Vision Sunglasses
Grab a pair of these when your sunnies are on their last leg. Complete with biodegradable frames, props to Pela for creating eco-friendly sunnies with a ‘zero-waste end of life.’
A Good Health Book
What’s a beach day without a good read? If you’re after a book full of health inspo, here are some of our top picks:
- The Beauty Chef by Carla Oates
- Do What Feels Good by Hannah-Bronfman
- Eat Clean Play Dirty by Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise
- Eat Pretty Every Day by Jolene Hart
- Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods by Catherine Shanahan
- The Telomere Effect by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel
If you're in need of a new beach bag, our GMB Hessian Bags may just be your perfect fit - not too big, not too small. And there you have it, our beach essentials for Summer '19.
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