Hitting the beach this summer en famille? Don’t forget these sustainable essentials in your beach bag.

With the summer holidays looming, chances are you’re busy planning an escape to the beach, whether to exotic climes or just a day trip in the UK. Any which way, you’ll doubtless be shopping for some new season beach kit, swimwear and toys to keep little ones entertained and safe in the sun. This week we have a round-up of brilliant buys with a sustainable focus, using natural materials or cleverly recycled ones to create fun designs for little ones that protect the planet, too

Green People

Scent-Free Sun Cream SPF30, £21.50

This water-repellent sun-screen is gentle enough to use on even eczema-prone skin and is reef-safe too. Containing 84 per cent organic ingredients, the packaging is even plant-based. Buy it here.


Silicone Bucket, £9.99

These genius silicone buckets from Bigjigs are ‘crushable’ so can be folded up and popped in luggage to take on holidays. No more cracked plastic buckets! Buy it here.


Kids Sunglasses, £20

We protect our kids’ skin with sunscreen, but what about their eyes? These sunglasses from Biosunnies have UV400 polarised lenses to provide full protection from UVA, UVB and UVC radiation. We love the colourful flexible frames made from sustainable wheat straw, a bi-product of the food industry. Buy it here.

The Nice Fleet

Float XL, £49

If your pool inflatables never seem to last more than a few swims before popping, or you’re looking for a chicer alternative to a neon flamingo this summer, these pool floats from Parisian brand, The Nice Fleet, are all hand-printed on BPA, recyclable PVC. Buy it here.


Jelly Sandals, £12

These jelly sandals from Kidly feel like a modern upgrade on the retro classic. In sun-bleached brights, they’re made from 100 per cent silicone – perfect for rock-pooling adventures. Buy it here.


Swim Fins, £37

Liewood’s range of beach toys come in beautiful modern classic shades, made from durable silicone – including their swim fins, which are perfect for underwater explorers. Buy it here.

Muddy Puddles

UV Protective Sun Suit, £26

Independent outdoor kids’ company Muddy Puddles has branched out into a summer range of UV sun-suits to protect delicate skin. With the equivalent of SPF50 protection, you can ditch the hassle of trying to apply sticky sun cream to a wriggle toddler. We’re sold. Buy it here.


Terry Towelling Set, £36.50

Perfect for beach days, Mori’s organic cotton and recycled polyester towelling sets are comfy and chic – moisture wicking they’re great to pop on post swim when the day is done. Buy it here.


Seersucker Hat, £14

If you prefer classic designs to bold summer brights, this smart seersucker hat with neck flap is charming. Made with GOTS certified organic cotton, it will keep them cool and comfortable, too. Buy it here.


Cub the Lion Swim Shorts, £36

It takes nine plastic bottles to make a pair of Dinoski’s swim shorts. With SPF50+ sun protection, they have a clever spandex inner short to keep out the sand and come with a waterproof pouch to store them in, too. Available in a bold range of stripes and animal designs, they’re the perfect mix of practical, conscious and summer fun. Buy it here.


Penelope One Piece, £49

If you’re looking for a Euro-chic twist on a sustainable summer wardrobe for little ones, Italian eco brand, Folpetto has beautiful classic designs, including the ruffle-trim Penelope, which is made from regenerated fishing nets. The fabric is quick-drying, ultra-chlorine resistant and brilliant at keeping its shape. Buy it here.


Cotton Sun Parasol, £130

Keeping little ones safe in the shade doesn’t have to mean plastic windbreakers and brollies. Aussie brand, SunnyLife has a beautiful range of classic cotton canvas beach parasols with retro tassel trims. With a carry bag and shoulder strap, they’re a breeze to carry for those sunny summer days, just on the horizon… Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
June 2022

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.