Summer isn't over yet!
There's still so much on our bucket lists — between seeing friends, grabbing all those dinners, and celebrating getting vaccinated, this summer has been so full of catching up that it can be hard to squeeze in classic summer excursions.
And while the days are ending sooner, the temperatures are still at their summer peaks (thanks to … the climate crisis, so maybe this isn't such a good thing).
With sluggish, slow, hot days like this, the beach might be just what the doctor ordered.
And whether you're taking a local beach trip or vacationing on some long-awaited trip to some exotic beach in Europe, an island, or somewhere on the gorgeous African coast (everyone on our Instagram feeds is taking a long odyssey across Italy, how about you?) your packing list is usually some variation of the same essentials: sunscreen, tote bag, a hat.
But as we stay aware of the climate crisis, it's more important than ever to be aware of our impact on the environment.
While major corporations are responsible for the frightening majority of the irreversible climate damage — making for some frightening reports and statistics — we can still make more conscious decisions in our own lives.
According to the zero-waste brand and bling Package Free: "it's estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the ocean?"
Package Free encourages us all to reduce our waste — especially our single-use plastics. While the brand markets itself as "zero waste," don't be intimidated.
Zero waste is defined as: "The conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health."
And while some people make it their goal to be as close to zero waste as possible, Package Free does not mandate that everyone has to emulate the lifestyle.
But by making more informed, lowers impact decisions where we might have the privilege to, can help us be better stewards of our environment.
So as we go to beaches this summer, we'll make sure to clean up after ourselves, not litter, and appreciate the natural beauty we have …. while we still have it.
This kit has low impact, reusable alternatives to disposable options like: The
Package Free Bent Stainless Steel straw so you can hydrate without falling victim to the tyranny of the paper straw (if you know, you know) and so that you can save the turtles or whatever VSCO girls were on about; the MeowMeowTweet Everyday Sunscreen which protects your skin from the sun and UV Rays without putting harmful elements into the water; Half Gallon Stasher Bag to store snacks and wet swimsuits and all miscellaneous items you don't want to lose in the sand; and a stylish and effective String tote bag to store it all.
Even if you're not heading on any beach adventures soon, thinking about ways to be more environmentally mindful is always a good idea.
Package Free is a one-stop shop to buy all the reusable products you need and discover some you didn't even know existed.
According to their website: "Our goal is to reshape the consumer product landscape, redefine what a truly good product looks like, and make natural and plastic free products more accessible, affordable, and convenient for all."
They have a ton of kits for different lifestyles and tasks, to jumpstart you on your quest to live a more sustainable life.