HOW WE FOUND THE BEST SUSTAINABLE BEACH TOWELS
We laid our sustainable and ethical fashion criteria flat on the sand to answer the question: which towels are best for the environment?
It all starts with what material is best for a beach towel.
From a sustainability and quick-drying perspective, organic cotton is the creme de la creme, especially when it’s long-staple cotton.
“Long-staple” means longer threads, making it more durable and absorbent.
While other natural fabrics like bamboo, hemp, and linen may also be found in eco beach towels, recycled synthetics are making waves.
Recycled polyester (rPET) towels made from recycled plastic bottles are quick-drying, versatile, and super lightweight. Although, as always, it is best to use a GUPPYFRIEND wash bag when washing anything made from synthetic material.
Regardless of material, it’s best when low-impact dyes are used, too.
Supply chain & labor practices:
You may want a lime green beach towel, but you don’t want greenwashing.
That’s why we look for brands who share details about the factories they partner with or utilize Fair Trade practices when it comes to farmers, factory workers, and artisans.
Towel-making techniques have been passed down through generations, so it’s great to see many brands partnering with small cooperatives that focus on keeping these techniques alive.
Green business practices:
Between using clean energy, eco packaging, and carbon offsets to become carbon neutral (or even carbon negative), we love companies that are trying to keep our oceans refreshingly cool.
Community & charitable giving:
Cozy ethical beach towels feel better knowing they support beach clean-ups, regenerative agriculture projects, and donations of a portion (or 100%!) of profits.