As the weather warms, the thought of a beach trip may have entered your mind. Your toes in the sand and basking under the sun, what could be better? Unfortunately, if we aren’t conscious about what we bring along, we could be leaving the once pristine beaches and oceans worse off. Everything from our swimwear to the accessories we bring along could be polluting the environment with microplastics or dangerous chemicals. Fashion Revolution, an international nonprofit organization, addressing sustainability in fashion, noted that textiles account for 34.8% of total microplastic pollution. Those microplastics, along with the potentially toxic dyes and chemicals, can make their way to our oceans. In some cases, these chemical-laden microplastics have found their way back to us through our food chain. The bottom line is that what we wear can have a significant environmental and public health impact. And it is even more important to be conscious of that when we are in nature, like at the beach. Luckily some innovative designers have created sustainable beach swaps to practically everything you could need, so you can enjoy the sand and sun without harming the planet.
Below FH Edit highlights three brands in particular for you to consider if you are looking for cute swimwear, sun protection, or just a soft place to lay.