A Day at the Beach: Eco Style

Ok, I know I keep bringing it up but really, I’m dreaming, DREAMING, of spring. It’s coming inch by inch here in Michigan. In fact, just this morning I saw my first bare patch of ground.

Progress is being made!

Well, I want to keep the dream alive by focusing on pretty beach things. That is, awesome, eco friendly fashion and accessories we can tote to the beach. Whether you’re heading out to the beach for vacation, or simply heading out your back door (lucky you!), investing in fair trade and eco friendly beachware and accessories is just the smart thing to do.

So, what are some of my favorites?

1. Kiondo Beach Bag from World of Good

World of Good is one of my most favorite fair trade stores (apart from Earth Divas, of course!). This company has an amazing variety of offerings, and all of them are eco friendly and fair trade.

The Kiando Beach bag is not only a colorful summertime delight, but it’s also made out of recycled plastic from a group of women in Kenya. Making these wonderful bags gives these Kenyan women an independent income, and allows them to stay home with their children. I love that. This eco friendly beach bag retails for $42.

2. Earth Divas’ Peace and Love Hobo Bag

Our Peace and Love Young and Fun bag is one of my favorite new bags we have in for Spring. Look at these wonderful colors! I love everything about this bag, including the rough hewn hand stitching.

This would make a wonderful bag to tote to the beach because not only are they incredibly well made and durable, but the color scheme is great for a spring and summer filled with peace and love. Plus the fact that they’re fair trade made helps too. :)

3. Fair Trade Swimsuit Shawl

It’s easy to get scorched at the beach. There’s blinding sun, white sand, and zero shade. World of Good’s gorgeous Fair Trade Swimsuit Shawl is a perfect accessory for those hot summer afternoons. These amazing shawls are hand made by Mayan women, who use the money to send their children to school (which they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford). You can also use this shawl as a sarong.

So, where are the bathing suits?

Well, most designers haven’t released their bathing suits yet. I searched high and low for eco friendly bathing suits that were available right now…all I could find were last year’s designs, which by and large aren’t being sold anymore. So, we’ll have to save eco friendly bathing suits for a whole new post!

(Photo credit: shazwan)

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