Looking for the best sustainable beach bags? Here are my top recommendations – from vegan-friendly totes to woven basket bags and more.
After what feels like a never-ending winter, the good news is that summer is here! It’s time to slap on your eco-friendly sunscreen, grab your ethical swimsuit and eco-friendly sunglasses, pop on your sandals and hotfoot it to the beach at any given opportunity.
The most sustainable beach bag is a bag that you already own or one that you find secondhand. But if you can’t find what you are looking for pre-loved, then there are other ethical options available.
If you’re in the market for a new eco-friendly bag to carry your beach essentials, then you are in luck. Once a niche market, the good news is that there are now heaps of choices.
With so many choices, it can be daunting to know where to start. When it comes to beach bags, I look for durable ones made from sustainable and eco-friendly materials. I give bonus points if they are made from recycled materials. I also look for roomy bags, that will hold a beach towel, a water bottle, a good book, some snacks, eco-friendly travel toiletries, and a change of clothes. It’s a lot to ask for! Thankfully, I’ve found some good ones!
The Best Sustainable Beach Bags
Here is our pick of ethical beach bags, that as well as being practical, both do good and look good. From tote bags to baskets, you’ll want to carry any one of these bags around all summer long – and for lots of summers to come.
This vegan-friendly beach bag from Thought is woven completely from sustainable and renewable straw. Oversized, it’s large enough for packing all of your beach essentials without looking like you’ve packed everything but the kitchen sink.
It’s stylish too, so you can guarantee you’ll be reaching for this bag all summer long. When it’s not summer, don’t leave it languishing in your wardrobe. Instead, repurpose the bag as a laundry basket or for storing items.
Ethical retailer Thought sends their products out plastic-free, so there will be no unexpected plastic with your order
Buy this sustainable beach bag from Thought at John Lewis for £29.
This terracotta beach bag from Nomads is another great sustainable choice. Made from natural jute, and free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and AZO dye – a group of synthetic dyes which are known to be harmful to the environment. AZO dye is also a known carcinogen.
Jute is considered sustainable because it’s renewable – taking just 120 days to grow from seed to full maturity – and compostable. It’s an incredibly hardy plant – needing only rainwater, rather than energy-intensive irrigation systems. What’s more, as growing jute contributes to good soil health, jute is mostly grown in rotation with other crops – mostly rice. This means that jute cultivation does not displace land away from food production.
Nomad’s bag is fair trade, and vegan-friendly too. It’s also packaged in a recyclable and compostable cornstarch bag.
Buy this beach bag via Natural Collection for £34.95.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly sustainable beach bag, then this recycled tote bag from Oxfam Online is one to consider.
Perfect for holding all of your beach essentials, this vegan-friendly bag is both eco-friendly and socially conscious.
Made from recycled plastic bags, this more affordable chic waterproof bag doubles as a beach bag and a shopping bag. I reckon it would also make a great laundry bag.
What’s more, all profits help support Oxfam’s work in alleviating global poverty. This includes delivering clean water in emergencies, helping communities build better, fairer lives for themselves, and empowering women.
Buy from Oxfam Online for £8.99.
YGN Collective’s range of sustainable beach baskets is made from upcycled banding tape. This type of tape is used to secure shipping pallets, so is incredibly strong. Yet once the pallets are opened, the tape is then considered a waste product. To reduce waste, Myanmar craftswomen recycle the bands by weaving them into these stylish bags.
Available in a wide range of sizes and colours, the handwoven baskets are incredibly sturdy and water-resistant, yet lightweight. Owing to the durable nature of the banding tape, this makes the bags perfect for packing all your beach essentials. And when you’re not at the beach, use the bag for shopping, for picnics, for your laundry or for a colourful sustainable storage option.
Shop the range of bags at YGN Collective on Etsy, starting from £32.50.
Enjoy your trip to the beach!
As I find more great beach bags, I’ll be sure to update this post, so do check back later if you haven’t found exactly what you are looking for.