Sustainable Swaps

Stock your athletic bag with these environmentally considerate picks for fitness and outdoor endeavors

Photo by Bryan Derballa

Trunk Show

Tired of seeing plastic wash up on Fire Island beaches, siblings Jake and Caroline Danehy created Fair Harbor Clothing. Each pair of the Anchor performance swim trunks ($68) is made using 12 post-consumer plastic bottles, with more than 2.5 million upcycled to date. Quiet Storm, Delray Beach 

Island Sounds

Co-founded by Bob Marley’s son Rohan, House of Marley aims to spread a love for music while supporting global reforestation with every sale. Its buoyant, waterproof No Bounds XL portable Bluetooth speaker ($170), crafted from sustainable organic cork and recycled fabrics, silicone, and aluminum, will keep listeners motivated during coastal workouts. Best Buy locations 

Heart and Sole

For the past five years, Adidas has teamed up with nonprofit Parley for the Oceans in a commitment to fight plastic waste. Their collaborative shoes, such as the Ultraboost 20 Parley ($180), use an eco-innovative material created from upcycled marine waste for the upper portion and sustainable products for the soles. Foot Locker, West Palm Beach 

Trash Talking

For each sale of its stainless-steel reusable bottle ($52), Ocean Bottle funds the collection of 25 pounds of ocean-bound plastic (the equivalent of 1,000 plastic bottles). Those who do the collecting can then exchange plastic waste for money, health care, tech tools, school tuition, and access to micro-finance, an opportunity made possible through Ocean Bottle’s partnership with Plastic Bank.

A Place in the Sun

Chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are present in many popular sunscreen brands, actually cause harm to our reefs. Instead, apply reef-friendly sport sunscreen ($15) from Bare Republic, which provides broad Spectrum UVA/UVB coverage in a delightful coconut and vanilla scent, without those active chemical ingredients. West Marine locations 

Welcome Mat

Yoga Design Lab offers eco-friendly yoga mats in a posh package. The foldable Commuter mat and towel hybrid ($68), with a microfiber top made from recycled plastic bottles and a biodegradable natural tree rubber base, is a must-have for any on-the-go yogi.

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