Sustainable Beach Gear

Newquay Beach in Cornwall

It’s fabulous to be able to spend time in a natural setting and the most frequently visited part of the natural world for many is likely to be the beach. Considering how valuable such locations are to us it’s important that we consciously live to protect it as much as we can by being ecologically minded in what we use there. With that in mind here are a few suggestions.

For the most planet positive swimwear check out my post on sustainable ethical swimwear for women or for men, the bottom of the post Sustainable Ethical Menswear

The Great Outdoors have a Trade In Program for kids wetsuits. They sell used wetsuits and offer up to 50% off your next kids suit if you bring the old one in.

Check out my post on sustainable sunnies for all your eyewear needs

Check out my post on eco sunscreen for all your eyewear needs

Beach Footwear
I pick up flip-flops second-hand in charity shops but if that doesn’t float your boat and you want a new pair here are a few brands to consider.

Flip Flops from recycled tyres

Whaletreads aim to make long-lasting products that help people reduce their impact on the environment. This includes using factories that provide fair working conditions,  using materials that are organic, recycled or re-used. – even the toggles on their organic cotton bags are manufactured from fallen, harvested twigs. Their dyes are Azo free; and the labels and display stands are made from recycled cardboard.

natural rubber flip flops

UK brand Waves offer flip flops made from natural rubber sourced from a fairtrade farm in Sri Lanka.

Ecolaf Flip Flops

Ecoalf is a Spanish brand that makes flip-flops for men and women from recycled tyres and through it’s foundation Ecoalf are involved in a project to clean our oceans of waste called Upcycling the Oceans.  You can also buy their shoes through FAAM, an online retail store.

Rider Sandals

Rider are a Brazilian brand that use some recycled material in the making of their flip-flops. I don’t normally include non-European brands in my posts but you can get this brand through online retailer the Natural CollectionSpirit of NatureFrank and Faith and the Ethical Superstore.

Reef Sandals

As part of a mega-sized lifestyle brand in the USA, Reef make sandals with water-based glues that are free of PVC. You can buy some of their flip flops through Schuh, the Surfdomethe Great Outdoors in Ireland or though sustainable surfing brand The Green Wave in the UK.


PS – This time in previous years I posted on


Published by livinglightlyinireland

I am a reformed interior architect that now campaign for and write about sustainable living in Ireland.

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