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A Zero Waste Beach Day

Hello Everyone,

I hope you have been enjoying this hot summer weather in Ontario. I have been spending lots of time at my in-laws cottage on Charleston Lake: swimming, canoeing and eating one to many bags of chips (chips are my weakness and the one wasteful habit I haven't been able to quit...yet).

I have been getting lots of questions from my followers about sunscreen lately. There is so much conflicting information out there on the web and it can seem a bit overwhelming.

So let's talk about my favourite zero waste sunscreen and some other amazing eco-friendly beach day items.


So as I mentioned before, the lines around "healthy sunscreen" are very blurry.

The Eco Hub's Guide to Sunscreen really broke it all down for me in an easy to follow way.

In summery of their article, here are some basic rules of thumb for buying sunscreen:

  • Do not ever buy sunscreen in aerosol spray cans

  • Always buy sun 'cream'

  • SPF 30 protection is best

  • Avoid sun creams with these harmful chemicals: Oxybenzone, Retinyl Palmitate, Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octocrylene & Octisalate, Ethylhexyl Triazine, Padimate O, Cinoxate, and Phenoxyethanol

Talking about the 'zero waste' aspect of sun cream - here is my recommended brand that comes in a refillable silicone GoToob at The Pretty Clean Shop in Toronto.

Green Cricket's Mineral Sunscreen (SPF 30)

Beach Blanket

Look no further for the perfect beach blanket/towel.

If you don't have a Turkish towel, you need to invest in one now.

Here is a great fair trade Turkish towel you can buy in Canada!

Take me to the towel

Picnic Basket

Cooler Bag in Mango - from LNBF

Okay, I am very excited about this basket, and so are the people who have one (aka everyone in my family).

It's's the perfect eco-friendly picnic basket for the beach because it's also an insulated cooler! It comes in six different colours and it's only $25.00!

Chop up some fruits, veggies, cheese, crackers and potato salad and throw them in the basket. The perfect beach day lunch awaits you.

Buy yours today from LNBF!


As most parents know, a significant amount of the beach toys are made from cheap plastic and eco-friendly toys are extremely difficult to find. After some extensive searching, I have found that Indigo has an Ocean Bound Tide Pool Set that is made from recycled plastic that was previously found in the ocean. This beach toy set is good for your children and the planet!

If you are looking for more eco-friendly summer toys, check out Treehugger.com.

Enjoy the sun everyone!

Lots of Love,

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