2. Opt for sustainably made swimwear.
So… you just read the last section and looked up prices for that reef safe sunscreen. Ouch.
Trust us, we’ve been there. Want to save some money? Instead of endlessly buying sunscreen, try wearing swim leggings or long sleeved swimsuits (or both!). You’ll reduce the amount of lotion you go through, saving you money in the long run.
And yes, you can get swim leggings that are made sustainably! It’s all about the fabric. Swimsuits are typically made out of polyester, Lycra, or nylon. These are types of plastic, similar to those you find in disposable water bottles.
Since the water bottles are getting the boot anyways, recycling them into swimwear keeps that plastic out of the landfills. It’s like if you made too much pasta for dinner, but instead of throwing away the extra noodles, you make pasta salad for lunch the next day.
Companies like Nudi Wear take recycled plastic and “upcycle” it into clothing. You get the same durability and longevity of a regular swimsuit, but you save plastic from heading to the landfill. Check out the process here.
And psst… Nudi Wear’s long sleeved swimsuits are dropping soon!
3. Watch where you put your feet.
Do you like touching the bottom of the pool when you swim? Then you’re like the grand majority of people.
As you travel to Hawaii, keep in mind that putting your feet down in the ocean may mean stepping on an animal: coral.
Coral, weirdly enough, is an animal! And just like your dog, cat, or baby nephew, it doesn’t like getting stepped on. If it looks like you’re about to touch down on a dusty brown rock, assume it’s a little guy that doesn’t want a foot in its face. The most sustainable way to interact with the reef is to leave it untouched.