Bikini Auria London c/o; Dick Moby Sunglasses; Palorosa bag

We are currently traveling through South-east Asia and I could not have dreamt of a better place to start off Summer 2017 other than in the fine, soft sandy beaches of Gili Meno. I have always felt in my element while in the water (possibly because I was a competitive swimmer for over ten years). As soon as I dive in, I feel invaded by freedom. The underwater world is like a second home to me.

Despite these beautiful feelings, I am very saddened to witness how polluted our oceans are, and especially by plastic waste. According to a report from PNUE, plastics (mostly bags and PET bottles) make up 80% of the waste found in regional seas. This is why I very drastically started to reduce my consumption of plastic and looked for more sustainable alternatives. I have since found a number of chic, ecological and ethical fashion brands whose products are made from recycled plastics.

Today’s post includes:
– beachwear made of recycled materials
– a recipe to make your own homemade sunscreen. No plastic containers.
– a tip on how to drink your two liters of water a day while avoiding plastic bottles (particularly here in Indonesia)

How to be eco-friendly at the beach?

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

1. Choose ecological and ethical brands

For instance, a brand that makes its garments out of recycled materials. It’s a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. But also, its production conditions are equally important.

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Auria London Bikini

I discovered the bikini brand, Auria London at the Green Fashion Week. Their pieces are made of ECONYL®, a fiber made from abandoned fishing nets and other nylon waste. Auria London is the living proof that eco-fashion can be chic, contemporary and fun. I really love this monochrome collection which includes this high waist cut I’m wearing, as well as the one piece, all giving it a subtle vintage touch. And the entire production is done in London!
#ecofriendly + #madeinEurope

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Dick Moby Sunglasses | Bio-based Acetate

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}
Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Palorosa tote bag | made of recycled plastic in Guatemala

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}
Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

2. Natural Sunscreen Protection

Did you know? Most conventional sunscreens you find at the stores are full of chemical products, also known as endocrine disruptors, they are horrible for our health. If they are bad for us, they have to be bad for our oceans since we rub that all over our bodies and then we dive in the water. A lot of it stays in the water. I am sure you have seen those little stains of grease floating around on the surface. It’s a bit like an invisible kind of pollution.
Even though one can find natural and organic sunscreen in the market, I thought it would be interesting and fun to make my own, inspired by the blog about zero waste, Tiff in Lyon. It contains bee wax, unrefined shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, carrot oil, vitamin E, and zinc. You could find the recipe here.
You could note below, I made my sunscreen directly on a recycled glass pot because what really bugs me about regular sunscreen is the plastic packaging.

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}
Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

The texture of our homemade sunscreen is quite compact (no risk of dripping in your bag). It leaves the skin a tiny bit white once it is applied (like any other sunscreen with a UV protection, spf 50+) but it truly, naturally protects the skin.

3. Drink zero waste – Refill your reusable water bottle

To become a bit more eco is to avoid single-use plastic as much as possible. One of my concerns for this trip to SE Asia was if I needed to consume plastic water bottles. Fortunately, water refills like the one below are available in hotels, some Airbnb’s or in some stores. The photo below is from Gili Meno, in a shop near the port. On top of that, refilling your own bottle will be less expensive. Water refills in Europe can be less of a preoccupation, one can usually just get tap water. Go greener and bring your reusable water bottle anywhere with you!

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}
Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

There goes my little eco-contribution for the beach and the ocean.

Thanks for stopping by The Pastel Project and I hope you found this article helpful and inspiring.
See you soon for my next travel and eco-friendly article!
Bisous, Margot

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Photos: Julian Calo

Source: Slow Food

1 Comment on Eco-friendly at the beach for the oceans {Eco-fashion, Natural Sunscreen, Eco-drinking}

  1. camilla-rose
    29/06/2017 at 12:41 pm (2 months ago)

    Superbe maillot de bain, silhouette magnifique et paysage splendide! Comme je pars en vacances, je vais préparer ma crème solaire, prendre ma paille en verre et éviter le plastique. Belle article, grâce à tes posts, je suis tes conseils pour contribuer comme toi à la sauvegarde la planète et de notre santé!

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