Summer's sunshine means a rush to the beach for many. But before hitting the sand and surf, check out ways you can make your beach-time fun more eco-friendly.
Recycled Sailcloth Totes
These water-resistant bags run from $95-$185. The durable carry alongs are the perfect place to store your beach must-haves. The totes come in a variety of sizes and are available in several colors. Check out www.seabags.com for more information.
Eton radios allow you to harness the power of the sun for. Ranging from $50-$150, the radio is a way to listen to your favorite tunes while sitting on the sand and still being good the environment. The self and solar-powered device is compact enough to take anywhere. It also has a flashlight, emergency beacon and siren. Plus, you can use it to charge your cell phone or Mp3 player. For more information go to www.etoncorp.com.
Protecting yourself from damaging UV rays is a must, but the large amount of sunscreen tourists flush into the water maybe the cause of coral bleaching. For an eco-friendly alternative form of sun protection, try natural sunscreens, like Nature's Gate, Korres or Dr. Hauschka. The mineral-based products create a physical barrier to reflect harmful UVA and UVB rays off the body without the chemicals of other sun protectors. Good for you and the ocean.
Green Beach Toys
What's a beach day getaway without toys for the little ones? Now parents who want safe, eco-friendly toys for their kids' sand and surf time can use Sand Play Set from Green Toys. The toys use recycled milk containers as their main ingredient and the Sand Play Set cost just $20. For more information go to www.greentoys.com.
And for more summer-green gear picks, check out www.plentymag.com.