It has been absurdly hot here in Denver these past couple weeks. I’m talking mid to high 90’s, which feels nearly apocalyptic for early June. While I’ve been cursing the heat, it has helped me pinpoint some essentials for animal lovers to survive and thrive during these next few sweltering months! From reef-friendly sunscreen to plant-based barbecue treats to tools for helping dehydrated wildlife, these are the items and products I’m loving for this upcoming season.
When you’re heading out into the sun this summer, you know you need to be protected. What you might not know, or what you might forget about when time is of the essence, is how toxic and environmentally destructive some sunscreen brands can be! Many mainstream sunscreen manufacturers use ingredients that, when rinsed off your body and into a drain, wash into the ocean and cause harm to marine life. Additionally, many leading brands are still testing on animals.
Fortunately, Coola is way ahead of the game by being “reef safe” (using no chemicals that harm sea animals) and cruelty-free! This tube of matte sunscreen is small, but it goes a long way, and it actually looks amazing on your skin!
I always keep this multitasking Suntegrity lipstick in my purse, because it covers so many bases at once! First, the long lasting color is just my style (I wear “Sunburst Pink”, but there are seven color options). Second, it protects your vulnerable lips from sun damage (phew!). And third, the combination of organic jojoba oil, shea butter and cocoa butter is perfect for soothing parched, sun-tinged lips.
Flip flops are one of those things we often buy without much forethought. I’ve been known to just grab a cheap pair from Target without asking where it came from, how it’s made, or what impact it might have on the planet. Fortunately, thanks to this collaboration sandal by Adidas & Parley, I’m ready to kick that habit! These sandals (with options for men and women) are made with yarn woven out of recycled ocean plastic! Who knew you could help clean up our polluted oceans with your feet?
Derma E makes incredible (and affordable) high quality skincare products, including this vegan, cruelty-free Vitamin C intense night cream! This refreshing and skin quenching (is that a thing?) moisturizer is ideal for repairing sun damaged skin. To quote Derma E, “Vitamin C is a globally cherished nutrient acclaimed for its remarkable antioxidant, skin-brightening and anti-aging properties.” This makes it an absolute must have for my summer beauty routine.
By now, you know how obsessed I am with the My Other Half Etsy store. Not only do they offer rad, unique fashion, but they also donate 10% of all sales to their local animal shelter! In previous posts, I’ve mostly focused on their custom printed flannels and Hawaiian shirts- now it’s time to look at the hats! These wide brimmed floppy hats are available to order with various pre-written phrases, but for an additional fee you can have them printed with your OWN cute slogan! Personally, I kind of want to get one that says, “Adopt Don’t Shop!”…feel free to steal my idea!
One of those questions vegans get tired of answering is, “but do you kill mosquitos?” We all have different ways of answering- my personal response is that I generally try to just shoo them away, but I’m spoiled here in Denver where the mosquito population isn’t usually too out of control. That said, for evening barbecues and other outdoor activities, I still prefer not to have to worry about mosquitos at all! Citronella candles are incredible for deterring mosquitos, as they hate the smell. No need for toxic sprays or bug zapping machines when you have these vegan mosquito repelling candles!
Sand Cloud is such a rad brand, and they keep getting better! They donate 10% of all profits to ocean conservation groups like the Marine Conservation Institute, the Surfrider Foundation, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and more! They primarily sell eye-popping, conversation starting beach towels, but in their shop you can also find planet-friendly water bottles and other accessories.
Nae is known for making high quality, sustainable vegan footwear, and this new cork slider is no different. Manufactured ethically in Portugal, this unique summer shoe is sure to turn heads and start conversations on the street. What a great way to talk to strangers about animal-friendly fashion!
If you watch my Instagram stories, you probably saw me feature this heated bird bath over the winter. It’s one of my favorite heated bird baths, because it looks so natural on the ground! That said, it’s also fantastic for summer, as thirsty birds, squirrels, rabbits, and other animals are desperately seeking water. Trust me on this, we have water dishes all over our yard and they help thirsty furry and feathered visitors every day! Raised bird baths have their upsides (they tend to stay cleaner), but ground dishes are just as important for bunnies and other non-flying, non-climbing animals.
I’ve been in love with Boys + Arrows’ adorably unique patterned swimsuits for a while now, and I especially love that they’re made ethically in the United States! They have a higher price point than your average Target bikini, sure, but for the price you’re getting exceptional quality, a clean conscience, and a gorgeous print.
FYI: Every single thing on the Petit Vour website is vegan and ethically produced, so feel free to shop around while you’re there 😉
Yes, vegans can still absolutely enjoy barbecue season (get more vegan bbq tips here)! Especially with the help of Herbivorous Butcher’s Summer Grill Pack! The Herbivorous Butcher is a brother-sister team dedicated to creating decadent, juicy, flavor-packed vegan meats. My husband and I are pretty obsessed with the plant-based ribeye steaks that come in this pack, but we’re also big fans of the Bacon Brats. Smash those vegan stereotypes at your next family picnic by throwing some Herbivorous Butcher meats on the grill!