Gearing up for Summer

Tote bag-worthy finds, including boredom-busting board games, recycled luggage tags, stylish grill gear, vibrant organic beach towels, colorful iPad sleeves and travel towels.


If your family’s beach bag still contains the same old sandcastle molds and Frisbees, spice it up with stackable 3D Tic Tac Toe (players try to get three in a row in multiple directions, $49.95) or Texas Tower (players remove pieces until the tower topples, $74.95) from Go Green Games. Their entire line of U.S.-made board games is designed with a 50-50 blend of recycled wood fibers and plastics made (not unlike outdoor decking materials) to withstand the elements and resist decay.

Wetsuits protect us from cold water—now their remnants can protect our iPads from unintentional spills. Uncommongoods sells an Upcycled Wetsuit iPad Sleeve ($26) made from wetsuit neoprene that would have otherwise been discarded. Available in grey-and-orange or red-and-orange designs, the well-cushioned sleeve offers serious, stylish protection against scratches and bumps, all while keeping a slim


Arrive in style with Etsy designer Marmalime’s colorful recycled luggage tags. Handmade from discarded and vintage maps and atlases, along with upcycled white plastic canvas and clear film from a nearby factory, the tags (($22/set of 2) are fun, modern and bright enough to stand out at baggage claim—and you can request nearly any location in the world you’d like your tags to feature.


Olive & Myrtle’s sustainable design site is keeping green grillers equipped this summer with the Verde Recycled Stainless Steel 4pc. Grilling Set from Outset ($34.95). The set includes a spatula, locking tongs, fork and grill brush, all durably made with recycled stainless steel and farm-raised bamboo.


Beach towels from designer Amy Butler ($19.99) are made with thick, plush organic cotton and at a large 39” x 70”, allow plenty of room for stretching out at the beach. Featuring Amy’s signature vibrant patterns in bright blues, corals and greens, the towels can make even backyard lounging feel like a tropical getaway.


The average American uses approximately 3,000 paper towels a year at work alone, contributing to deforestation and landfill waste. PeopleTowels offers a solution. The eye-catching line of 100% organic, fair-trade cotton hand towels ($15.99/set of 2) are lightweight, absorbent and printed with non-toxic dyes. They’re machine washable for continuous use—and you’ll save 23 pounds of waste from going into a landfill every year that you use them. Store them in your purse or at your desk in their brilliant blue 100% organic carrying sack ($5.99).

Since you’ll be spending lots of time at home this summer, may as well make those fixes happen now so you can rest easy knowing that your residence is as eco-friendly as possible. CashLady