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19 Low Waste Sun Care Products ('Cause the Beach Doesn't Need More Plastic)

 If you've heard the recent news about potentially toxic chemicals leeching into our bloodstreams through sunscreen, perhaps you're on the prowl for a nontoxic mineral alternative. Or perhaps you're like us and find the idea of using plastic for a product meant specifically to be used in nature to be painfully ironic. If there's no other time that you put a little extra care in to avoiding plastic, we think that those products made for the outdoors should be that special exception. And if you don't know where to start, here are 19 brands offering sun care products in plastic-free recyclable or compostable packaging.

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1. All Good SPF 50+ Tinted Sunscreen Butter

Home Base | Morro Bay, CA

Bragging Rights | Reef Safe, Organic, B Corp

SPF | 50+

Volume | 1 oz.

Price | $10.99

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) tin

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2. Anakiel Baume Soleil

Home Base | Quebec, Canada

Bragging Rights | Vegan, Kid Safe, Cruelty Free

SPF | N/A

Volume |  2 oz. - 4.06 oz.

Price | $24 - $38

Packaging | Glass jar

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3. Avasol Surfer's Barrier Stick 50+ SPF

Home Base | California

Bragging Rights | Tinted With Options for 3 Skintones, Kid Safe, Paraben Free, GMO Free, Made in the USA

SPF | 50+

Volume | 1 oz.

Price | $19.95

Packaging | Cardboard tube

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4. BALM! Baby Sun Stick

Home Base | USA

Bragging Rights | Vegan, Leaping Bunny Certified, Made in the USA, GMO Free, Reef Safe

SPF | 30+

Volume | 2 oz.

Price | $12.99

Packaging | Compostable cardboard tube

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5. BeFree Organics Daily Moisturizer/SPF

Home Base | Mount Shasta, CA

Bragging Rights | Plant Based, Organic, Small Batch, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free

SPF | 30

Volume | 4 oz.

Price | $38.99

Packaging | Glass bottle

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6. Butterbean SPF 30 Simple Formula Sunscreen

Home Base | Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Bragging Rights | Organic, Cruelty Free, Reef Safe, Biodegradable, Kid Safe

SPF | 30

Volume | 4 oz.

Price | $16

Packaging |Recyclable (or reusable) aluminum bottle

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7. ByRobinCreations Vegan SPF 30 Sunblock Lotion Bar

Home Base | Santa Fe, NM

Bragging Rights | Small Batch, Vegan, Kid Safe, Cruelty Free

SPF | 30

Volume | 2 oz. - 5 oz.

Price | $12 - $18

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) tin

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8. Dirty Hippie Coconut Sunscreen Balm

Home Base | Australia

Bragging Rights | Vegan, Reef Safe, Cruelty Free, Fair Trade

SPF | 30

Volume | .5 oz. - 3.17 oz.

Price | $5.76 - $17.28

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) tin or cardboard tube

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9. EiR Surf Mud Pro

Home Base | Brooklyn, NY

Bragging Rights | Unisex, Biodegradable, Cruelty Free, Paraben Free, Reef Safe, Kid Safe

SPF | 50

Volume | 1.5 oz.

Price | $30

Packaging | 100% compostable tube

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10. Elevated SUN! Natural Sunscreen

Home Base | USA

Bragging Rights | Vegan, Leaping Bunny Certified, Made in the USA, GMO Free, Reef Safe

SPF | 30+

Volume | 2 oz.

Price | $11.99

Packaging | Glass jar

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11. EmpireSquid Life Guard Organic Sunscreen

Home Base | West Hills, CA

Bragging Rights | Vegan Optional, Handmade, Made to Order, Customizable

SPF | 15 - 35

Volume | 4 oz.

Price | $34

Packaging | Glass jar

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12. Herbal Chest Natural Sunscreen

Home Base | Portland, OR

Bragging Rights | Small Batch, Paraben Free, Petroleum Free, Fragrance Free

SPF | 20

Volume | 2 oz.

Price | $15.50

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) tin

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13. Last Meridian Surf Balm

Home Base | Santa Cruz, CA

Bragging Rights | Small Batch, Fair Trade, Organic, Sustainably Harvested

SPF | N/A

Volume | .25 oz - 2 oz.

Price | $7 - $22

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) tin

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14. Manda Naturals Organic Sun Paste

Home Base | Carlsbad, CA

Bragging Rights | Organic, Reef Safe, Kid Safe

SPF | 50

Volume |  .53 oz. - 1.41 oz.

Price | $18 - $28

Packaging | Reusable bamboo container

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15. Meow Meow Tweet Everyday Sunscreen

Home Base | Gardiner, NY

Bragging Rights | Vegan, Organic, Leaping Bunny Certified

SPF | 25

Volume | 2.7 oz

Price | $22

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) aluminum bottle

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16. Raw Elements Face + Body 30+

Home Base | Huntington Beach, CA

Bragging Rights | Non-GMO Project Approved, Leaping Bunny Certified, EWG #1 Rated, Natural Products Association Certified, Made in the USA

SPF | 30

Volume | 3.0 oz

Price | $18.99

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) tin

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17. Raw Love All Natural Mineral Sunscreen

Home Base | Maui, HI

Bragging Rights | Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Made in USA, Reef Safe

SPF | 35

Volume | 2 oz. - 4 oz.

Price | $16.99 - $24.99

Packaging | Recyclable (or reusable) tin

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18. Silver Falls Sustainability Co. All Natural Sunscreen

Home Base | Oregon

Bragging Rights | Reef Safe, Cruelty Free, Plastic Free Shipping

SPF | 25

Volume | 3.25 oz.

Price | $15.95

Packaging |Compostable cardboard tube

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19. Sun & Earth Natural Zinc

Home Base | Australia

Bragging Rights | Made Using Solar Power, Kid Safe, Tinted With Options for 3 Skintones

SPF | 30+

Volume | 1.76 oz.

Price | $25

Packaging |Recyclable (or reusable) tin

Let us know if we missed anything! And tell us which plastic-free sun care brand is your favorite! Comment below or reach out to us on Instagram.

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