Before jumping all into fall and early christmas posts, I have a little more to share from my beyond wonderful vacation on Boracay. One thing I want to share with you are my beach essentials and some more about the ethical swimwear I have been wearing during the vacation.
I find it so important to avoid loads of waste while travelling since travelling itself is already challenging enough for the environment. So during my trip to Boracay I tried my best to avoid bottled water in plastic bottles, sunscreen in plastic tubes, food in plastic containers and so on.
Before going all into detail about my swim suits and my beach essentials I want to share three simple tips on how to avoid plastic while travelling:
1. Bring a tote bag from home. It really does not take much space in your luggage and it is great for when you buy fruits or other things during your vacation. In most countries (especially in Asia and Africa) you will get a plastic bag in every shop. You can easily avoid up to 50 plastic bags during one vacation by just bringing your own tote bag from home!
2. Bring a glass or stainless steel bottle. Sure, when travelling in Asia, you do not want to drink tap water. Me neither. But instead of buying three plastic bottles of 1 L each every single day (which sums easily up to 30 plastic bottles in one vacation) you can search for 6-10 L containers. You will still use plastic, sure, but a lot less when buying a 10 L container of water instead of 10 bottles of 1 L. When you bring your own glass or stain less steel bottle from home, you can refill it whenever needed.
(my tip: bring a thermos! It keeps the water cold all day long!)
3. Bring enough sunscreen from home. Bring good, organic sunscreen with a plastic free packaging so that you so not have to buy chemical loaden sun blocker during your stay (because probably there will be no options). We brought three different varietes of sunscreen (a sun blocker, a sunscreen, and a homemade sun protection oil) and we had enough for the entire vacation so we did not have to buy any.
Having shared those three easy tips, let me tell you more about my beach essentials and my favorite ethical swimwear.
Talking about ethical swim wear; how pretty are those two swim suits I am wearing here? Fair fashion is everything but boring, seriously! I have been talking a little about my MYMARINI swimsuit back in this post and can still totally recommend this one for you. What I love about the MYMARINI piece is the fact that it is reversible and hence, you have like two swimsuits in one, plus that it feels amazing on the skin, is really high quality and fairly produced in Euope, of course.
Another ethical label that you need to know, is Frija Omina. Frija Omina is a small German label, making underwear, swim wear and pretty cool sweaters, all made in Germany and all GOTS certified. I can tell that they make everything by hand because they actually made the swim suit I am wearing here THE DAY I ordered it. We have been exchanging emails about collaborating and I was ready to decide for a swim suit when Nele from Frija Omina told me that the swim suit I chose was sold out. I could not agree on another color because I just really fell in love with the sailor blue one. So Nele just ended up making one for me! I wore the swim suits from Frija Omina like every other day during our vacation as a shirt. I just wore some shorts on top, as I do in the pictures here and I had the perfect outfit for the Tropics. Dont’ you think 🙂 ?
By the way, you can find Frija Omina at Avocadostore which is a great online shop for sustainable and fair trade shopping (remember that one for Christmas… 😉 )
And now to a few things I ALWAYS bring with me when going to the beach.
First of all: WATER
I always bring water in a thermos to make sure I have cold, fresh water and I do not have to buy plastic bottles while at the beach. One of my favorite thermos at the moment is the one from GARY MASH that I have been sharing on the blog a few times already (between others here).
I do also like to drink other things, when at the beach. So on Boracay I had loads of fresh coconut water (and I somehow did not manage to take even a single fancy picture of me drinking from a coconut…probably because the little one constantly wanted to have some too 😀 ) and I had some birch water. Have you ever tried birch water? It is pretty tasty, especially when blended with some raspberry juice like this one here from Voelkel.
The second most important beach essential is, obviously, sun screen. I have been talking about my absolute favorite sun screen from Butterbean Organics (found at monomeer.de) in one of my latest post already which you can check out here. In a nutshell; I love it because not only does it comes without ANY chemicals and is 100% natural and organic but also does it come in a plastic free packaging.
The third thing I ALWAYS bring is fruits! I love to bring fruits to the beach because they simply make the perfect beach snack. During our stay on Boracay we tried ALL the local fruits and we had so much fun buying a bunch of unknown fruits, bringing them to the beach and munching on them in between swims in the ocean. Do you know the fruits on the pictures here? If so, please let me know their names in the comments 😀
Finally, of course, I bring a bag to carry all of these nice things. I brought two backpacks to Boracay, a bigger one which I basically only used as a carry on during the journey from Germany to the Phillipines and back again, and a smaller one which I used while on the island. I am pretty much in love with my awesome vegan backpack from FERDIandNOAH which is produced under fair conditions in Germany. You will for sure see more about this little beauty on the blog soon 🙂
Wow, what a long post for a Sunday night – I hope you enjoyed it.
I am actually blogging in bed tonight, next to our little one who has a fever. I am trying to sing for her and blog at the same time – which is quite of a task to be honest. She is sleeping pretty good so far so I guess I am doing an okay job 🙂
Have a wonderful week ahead everyone! I will take a little break from my Boracay travel posts and be back with some fair fashion fall outfits next week.