Hello and welcome back! Did summer hit you as hard as it did with us in Europe? Well it hit us hella hard. In this very moment I am sitting in my flat with 38 degrees outside, praying that I might get some sleep tonight. The climate change is real and it is currently boiling us alive.I really hope that we solve this climate crisis. And as every single person can make a difference, I want to present to you my sustainable summer must haves to you.
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That wearing a sunscreen can prevent skin cancer should be known by every single soul on this earth by now. But the ugly truth is that most of the sunscreens that we apply for protecting us is toxic for the ocean that we will take a bath in. You can even see this oily, shiny traces on the water’s surface when going for a swim. The ingredients of sunscreen hurt the biological system of our waters. Fish and coral can die from it and furthermore it is very unfair to use them.
And that’s why you should always opt for a sunscreen that has a mineral filter. They are often a bit harder to apply to your skin, but honestly isn’t this better our beautiful oceans.
A Smoothie Blender
To be honest, this tip is a little bit crazy, when you read it first. But let me explain. In summer we love to have ice cold drinks, like smoothies or slushies. But unfortunately they always come with a plastic cup and plastic straw and are so expensive. Since I have my own little blender, I make all the drinks by myself and this way they are healthier and cheaper. That’s a total win for me!
A Refillable Water Bottle & a Sustainable Straw Alternative
A thing that shouldn’t be missing in any list of sustainable summer must haves! Having a refillable water bottle with you is a very sexy thing to do. Ditching plastic bottles and straws is a step in the right direction & we all should adapt it! The only problem there is that you might not have access to clean drinking water from the tap. When you are somewhere were you don’t have this option then try to get some of those water canisters that hold up to ten liters of water. Then refill it into a smaller bottle for the day. This way you are only producing one canister of plastic instead of ten 1 l bottles and the additional wrapper.
By the way: there is no need in buying a new fancy bottle if you still have a bottle that you can use. If you are in need of a new bottle, I can recommend either Doli Bottles or Klean Kanteen one’s.
Here Are Some of my Favorite Waterbottles:
Eco Friendly Beach Towel
As with all fabrics, beach towels shed tiny pieces of microplastics while being used. Therefore it only makes sense to get one made from organic material. Paying more should be seen as an investment: good quality will last you for a lifetime. You only have to be sure about the color or pattern that you decide for. It has to be stylish, as it is a commitment.
When going for a swim in sustainable swimwear, you won’t be shedding microplastics into the environment. And that’s why you need a new bikini. A sustainable one.
If you can’t afford a brand new sustainable bikini (which I do), you should take good care of your current bikini to make sure, it lasts you for a while. You could also wash it with the Guppy Bag to avoid microplastics being shed when washing it.
Related: Sustainable Fashion Brands of Europe
Metal Ice Cube Tray or Metal Popsicle Maker
What’s more refreshing on hot summer days than some ice cream? Or some nice cool drinks with ice cubes? They are better when they are made in a stainless steel container. They look super cool and won’t let any BPA enter your food chain! Healthy deliciousness incoming!
That’s all for now! What’s a must have that you can’t live without?
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