Don't Forget These Beach Day Essentials!
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.
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!
--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.