Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. We have many natural and eco friendly products that make the perfect fit for those spending time at the beach or going on picnics this holiday season. Here are our top picks.
For anyone spending more than 20 minutes out in the sun, covering up is vital. Accompanied by protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses, it's vital to product your skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays when outdoors. If you're going to the beach, especially somewhere tropical, using a Reef Safe Natural Sunscreen is a must.
All our natural mineral sunscreen choices in store are reef safe. There is always misinformation online about topics like this. Some articles suggest that only the non-nano sunscreen is reef safe and to look for the words non-nano on the labels. This is incredibly misleading as the term actually isn't allowed to be used on TGA approved sunscreen. There is no standard or guideline or testing body in Australia to define what is and isn't nano. You can read our article 'Natural Sunscreen Nano Particle Safety FAQ' to delve further in to the topic.
Just remember, sunscreen doesn't give you permission to be out in the sun all day and not burn, it needs to be applied, reapplied and will just slow down the process.
Natural Mosquito Repellent
As soon as the sun starts to set, the mozzies can be relentless in Australia. While the TGA regulates sunscreen, the APVMA regulates insect repellent. This year, more and more natural mosquito repellent products have official APVMA approval. Most mainstream repellents will use DEET to repel the insects. Natural products use a blend of essential oils to make you smell unattractive to not just mozzies but also other insects. Citronella is the first essential oil that springs to mind for many people as a repellent, but not everyone likes the smell of that either. There are many more 'nose friendly' options available and a mozzie spray makes for a thoughtful gift for someone who spends a lot of time in the great outdoors in summer.
Hungry and thirsty happen at the beach as well as picnics. Whether your trip is for an hour or two or an 'all day' scenario, we have a great selection of products to carry food an drink and avoid waste.
For sheer durability, the original water bottle from Klean Kanteen is a great pick with sizes up to almost 2 litres in capacity. They are large enough to carry drink for you all day or for a picnic or beach trip for two. For an insulated bottle for long hot stints at the beach, our hot pick is the water bottles from Cheeki. The feature that sets them above the rest of our insulated water bottles is the sheer duration of the insulation and it's the only bottle in store that has been designed with an insulated lid. They are available in sizes from 400ml to 1 litre in the insulated lid variety in an insulated and non-insulated version as well.
Our range of lunch box choices starts from little 45ml snack pots all the way up to a 1.6 litre capacity giant box from Cheeki (see top of page). There's double deckers and bento boxes in configurations from 2 compartments through to 5 compartments. There's tall ones, short ones, stainless steel ones, glass ones. You name it, we have it. Pack it all in an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack or two and you're good to go for a day out in nature with your food safely tucked inside.