Posted July 01, 2019 by Giuliano Franchi

Family Beach Trip Made Eco-Friendly

Summer has arrived in California, which means it’s time to plan all your family beach trips! While a trip to the beach is not exactly a new adventure for most, this year we are encouraging the public to plan a family beach trip the eco-friendly way!

A beach day for most of us means bringing plastic toys, bottles and cans, plastic bags for food, and a variety of toxic topical sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Additionally, millions of people live hours from their closest beach, resulting in the toxic fumes from our cars exuding into the precious atmosphere.

A family beach trip planned the eco-friendly way is not just attainable, but is often a cheaper alternative than many beach day traditions. Here are the 5 ways you can do a family beach trip the eco-friendly way this summer:

  1. Eco-friendly and biodegradable tote bags - Biodegradable tote bags can be as cheap as $2.00 and are large enough to fit all your beach-going accessories! Not only can these bags be used time and time again but they are often so well-insulated that your items are extra protected to the sometimes harsh beach environment. The biodegradable and eco-friendly tote bag is a great way to save some extra cash for all your family beach trips to come and reduce your carbon footprint.

  2. Insulated snack and lunch bags - Eating at your local beach snack shack won’t be necessary when you can pack a healthy lunch from home. Insulated snack and lunch bags will keep your food fresh in that hot summer sun and protect it from the sand, sea, and seagulls. These reusable bags help you avoid the need for plastic and keep your money in your pocket instead of the pockets of fast-food chains or expensive beachside restaurants.

  3. Biodegradable beach today - You can’t go to the beach without a sea of plastic beach toys obstructing your vision from all sides. Plastic beach toys are one of the most widely purchased items and also terrible for the environment. This summer, consider a Green Toys Sand Play Set for your family beach fun.

This eco-friendly option is made from advanced eco-friendly materials and reduces fossil fuel use and C02 emissions. This product is long-lasting for your children to enjoy for years to come.

  1. Reusable water bottle - The good news here is that reusable water bottles are already extraordinarily popular. Better yet, these bottles are so well insulated that you can leave that giant bucket of ice at home.

Yeti, Klean Kanteen, and Hydroflask are among the most common brands for reusable, insulated, and eco-friendly water bottles. They are also nearly indestructible, unlike your plastic water bottles which are thrown away after single-use.

  1. Non-toxic sunscreens - Sunscreen is the most important element to any beach trip, but many of the most popular options can be harmful to your skin and the environment.

Kiss My Face is a well-known brand that many major retailers carry. It’s cruelty-free, gluten-free, 100% natural, and is safe for both children and adults. Best of all, the sunscreen falls on the more affordable side at just $13. As a bonus, natural sunscreens keep our skin healthy with their exclusion of harmful and harsh ingredients that may protect our skin from the sun but could clog your pores in the process.

An eco-friendly beach trip is one of the most attainable goals you can reach as a family when looking to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s no secret that saving the environment can be expensive at times; this is a great place to start as you commit to living life the eco-friendly way. If you do bring trash to the beach, remember the carry-in and carry-out method. Dispose of your trash properly and protect the beaches that are so essential to the future of our planet.

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