8 ways to wear sustainable style at the beach

When nature’s being good to you, you know you’ve gotta be good right back.

When nature’s being good to you, you know you’ve gotta be good right back.

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Now that it's officially spring, you're daydreaming about the beach, right? Long afternoons spent lounging in the sun are all we're thinking about! With the latest influx of chic sustainable style options, this means, thankfully, that you can still look great when heading out the door to your favourite sandy locale. Eco-friendly beach wear and style can now be mutually exclusive.

Here are 8 ways to wear sustainable style at the beach this spring and summer.

Swim fan

This cult favourite swim-line has been making eco-friendly, and insanely stylish, one pieces and bikinis for 18 years now. Inspired by 1970s beach culture, the line is made from EcoLuxe fabric, a recycled nylon that has major staying power. As an added bonus, the label also gives back to environmental organizations that aim to protect the planet's oceans.   

Vitamin A Bianca Bodysuit in EcoLux Black, $170, vitaminaswim.com

To and fro

Getting to a secluded beach or even making the trek from the parking lot to a cozy beach spot may require some major steps. Just launched in Canada, grab a pair of Allbirds new Skippers, made from responsibly grown and sustainably harvested eucalyptus tree pulp, so they have a cooling effect on the feet. They also happen to be dubbed the world's most comfortable shoes, so there's that.

Allbirds Women's Tree Skippers, $135, allbirds.ca

Soak it up

The oversized Coastal Towel is made from organic Turkish cotton, which gets softer the more you wash it and helps to dry you off quicker than other cottons. And it's hand made. (Quickly adds two to cart!)

Stray & Wander Coastal Towel, $65, strayandwander.com

Canadian content

This Toronto-based brand only launched in 2015, and they have amassed a major following, as well as collaborated with Hudson's Bay and Holt Renfrew, as well as some other local illustrators and artists. Their organic Egyptian cotton is durable and soft, and proceeds from sales help the brand to build schools in the Nile Delta. This tank top with quickly become your new summer go-to, we promise.

Kotn The Square Neck Tank in Alabaster, $25, kotn.ca

Vintage vixen

If you shop vintage for denim shorts, bravo! But don't forget to look beyond denim. You may find local labels of yore, like Jeremy Laing, hanging out in the spring and summer sections. These loose shorts are perfect pre- and post-swim.

Jeremy Laing Shorts in small, $128, vspconsignment.com

Totes perfect

This organic cotton tote from Peggy Sue Collection (the label won last year's Design Forward Award!), is great for stashing your beauty essentials, snacks and reading materials for your next trip to Sandbanks or Kitsilano.

Peggy Sue Collection PSC Tote Bag, $45, peggysuecollection.com

Dress me up

From Zara's eco-friendly diffusion line, this shirtdress is a reasonably priced and world friendly way to cover-up.

Zara Join Life Ribbed Shirt Dress, $49.90, zara.com

Retro fit

Looking to have a Jackie O moment this year? Reach for the Billie sunglasses from Prince Edward Island's sustainably-made Fellow Earthlings. You'll have a little something in common with Canada's first family, who have all been spotted in the brand.

Fellow Earthlings Billie sunglasses, $300, fellowearthlings.com