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A clear-conscience summer

Written by Emma Benney

Our sustainable recommendations for the warmer months

Midsummer has been and gone, high season is in full swing. You’ve finally got permission to start daydreaming about your long awaited run for the shores of Cornwall.

We’ve no doubt that wandering the Cornish sands will be high up on your agenda following a prolonged break from the beach, but let us not forget that they are married to what is under immense threat, our oceans.

In the name of sustainability, the most thoughtful first step you can take when it comes to packing for your break is to minimise your consumption, by shopping your own items and travelling light. Reminisce with your beachwear, mend small holes, check the dates on skincare, find forgotten treasures hidden in your straw bag – many of your essentials could be hidden away in your very own wardrobe.

Of course there will be some items you desire, to ensure your stay is comfortable and cool. But if you are to buy new, shopping small and sustainable brands is a good, and more conscious choice, where possible. Here are a few of our favourites who’re getting it so right…

Suncream is no doubt a skincare essential, especially when you plan to lose an afternoon under the rays, upon the terrace. Whilst many contain harmful substances which are damaging coral reefs, thankfully there are some environmentally friendly offerings. Amazinc’s is natural, NANO and plastic free, and available from Cornwall based supplier and expert, Plastic Freedom

Beautifully made in Cornwall from regenerated fishing nets, sand&palm’s swimwear is seriously swoon-worthy. We love their line ‘wash with care and love unconditionally’. Browse here.

Award-winning Cornish brand Bloomtown are praised for their natural deodorant. Whilst there are many options across the market, we think Bloomtown’s ticks all of the boxes. And of course it’s palm oil free, paraben free and vegan.

Linen is an undoubtedly sustainable fibre. And our friends at Finisterre have based a whole line around this natural resource. Browse their sustainable answer to summertime comfort here: https://finisterre.com/collections/linen-trousers-shirts-shorts

These beautiful bags are made from approximately 150 recycled plastic bottles, truly.

We’ve shared a few of our favourites, would you share yours, too? We hope to shine a light on more brands and businesses centered around their eco-credentials– if you currently follow and support any that you think deserve to be shared here, please let our team know, over on Instagram. Thank you

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