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June 20, 2012

Don't Forget These Beach Day Essentials!

Beach day essentialsAre you heading to the coast to celebrate International Surfing Day? Here are six things to bring in your reusable beach bag to keep up your eco-friendly lifestyle at the beach. 

1.) Keep plenty of local, organic fruit and veggies on hand for snacking. Pack sandwiches in a reusable sack, like lunchskins or reusies. Not only do they eliminate the need for plastic bags, but they also come in lots of different designs for your aesthetic pleasure. Much cuter than Ziploc! 

2.) Bring drinks in a reusable water bottle, like KleenKanteen Insulated, which will keep your drink cold while you're lounging in the sun. If you're craving something sweet, make your own eco iced tea or try one of these eco-friendly beverages

3.) Instead of bringing plastic beach toys for the kids, opt for some eco-friendly toys like Zoe B Organic's biodegradable beach toys. All of these sandcastle-building materials are made from corn in Iowa and are perfect for a guilt-free day on the shore.

4.) Flip-flops are a summer essential — try Flippee sandals from Simple. They're made of a biodegradable rubber insole with recycled PET straps. Perfect materials for those perfect sandal tan lines. 

5.) Leave the beach ball at home and snag a 100 percent recycled frisbee from Green Toys. This "ecosaucer" is made entirely from recycled plastic bags, so you know you're helping out the earth while throwing disc. 

6.) Above all, don't forget your green sunscreen!

With these essentials in your bag, you'll have a healthy, happy, and environmentally friendly day at the beach! 

Planning to catch some waves? Don't forget to check out our favorite eco-friendly surfboards! 

--Image by Istockphoto/axle

--Allison Montroy is an editorial intern for Sierra and a journalism student at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. 

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