For those of us who follow an eco-friendly lifestyle, we will often choose holiday destinations (and travel to that place) that significantly limit our environmental impact.
This might mean choosing somewhere closer to home – perhaps even reachable by public transport – which would provide you with just as many precious summer memories, but have you considered the eco-consciousness of what you’re packing for the trip?
5 Things Every Treehugger Needs For Their Summer Holiday
No matter where you’re going, here is a list of five items you need this summer to help reduce your carbon footprint.
Stainless Steel Water Flask
It’s important to stay hydrated in hot weather, but did you know that single-use plastic bottles are creating an overwhelming eco nightmare by filling landfills with plastic?
The Independent reported recently that of the 35 million bottles that are consumed daily in the UK alone, 16 million are unable to be recycled. That’s insane!
The green option is a stainless-steel water flask. It’s reusable, durable, and lightweight, and keeps your drink cool for longer.
Biodegradable Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Summer sunshine is lovely, but the sun’s UV rays can do all sorts of harm to our skin if we aren’t protected against it. Thus, a good sunscreen lotion is needed.
Common chemical ingredients that are used in sunscreen products worldwide, such as oxybenzone, have been found to be fatally damaging to coral and other marine plant life- which is especially bad if you’re going to swim in the sea.
There are a number of all-natural products available that avoid those harsh chemicals (and the nasty effects on the ocean), but still offer the greatest protection for your skin.
One must-have fashion item every summer is a good pair of sunglasses, but those made from plastic are easy to break and hard (or impossible) to recycle.
By comparison, wooden sunglasses are a great eco-friendly option, which provide a unique style, whilst also protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays. They’re timeless, durable and come in a wide range of styles and designs to suit everyone’s tastes.
Solar-Powered Mobile Charger
No doubt your trusty smartphone will be on hand this summer for those important holiday snaps and to keep in touch with family and friends back home.
When your battery starts to give up on you, a solar-powered charger that uses the sun’s natural power to recharge your phone while on the move. Best of all, you won’t struggle to find a charging point.
For all of you eco-conscious beachgoers, sustainable swimwear is definitely a purchase you need to make.
There’s a wide selection of swimsuits and bikinis online that are made from recycled yarn and other reclaimed fabrics (thus keeping it from landfill) with styles and prices to suit every taste and budget.