Eco-Sensitive Summer in Maine
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by Zoe Helene
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Coastal Maine has a summer landscape all its own, with colors that shift as fast as the New England weather.

Walk down the boardwalk to the beach, through sandy grasslands, roped off to protect wildlife habitats on either side. The seascape stretches in a crescent swoop as far as the eye can see, but the palette—warm sand, sea grass green, deep sea blue, sand-dollar white—is what inspires us the most.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE

This tiny, handcrafted vessel is perfect for keeping aromatherapy scents handy for beach relaxation. Simply string a chain through the handles and you’ve got a gorgeous pendant. Artist Melissa Beard also keeps a box of scrap lampwork glass and makes extra fancy beads for Beads of Courage, a program that supports children dealing with serious illness. Kids tell their story using beads as symbols of courage through healing milestones, and special beads represent the most challenging treatments. Artisan Lampwork Glass Aromatherapy Pendant, $50; melissabeard.etsy.com

ECO-SWIMSUIT

Made from recycled materials, this bikini is sexy and sustainable. Eco Swim by Aqua Green hires a full-time sustainability director and organizes ocean and beach cleanups. Eco Swim Eco Tropical Bikini, $122; ecoswim.com/stores

A WHALE TALE

My mother insisted that I include a wrap—“Because,” she says, “It can get downright chilly in Maine.” She right of course. She usually is. This lightweight 100 percent linen shawl is inspired by whale-watching, a time-honored tradition in Maine. It measures 40” x 80” and is hand silk-screened using AZO-free dyes. Thomas Paul Baleen Wrap, $132; shopthomaspaul.com

SUPER-GREEN SHADES

These chic shades are also earth-friendly: made from material derived from castor-oil seeds, the case comes from repurposed leather scraps, and sales support The Nature Conservancy’s “Plant a Billion Trees” campaign, which helps protect the world’s rainforests. Marc by Marc Jacobs MMJ 261s Sunglasses, $139.95; go-optic.com

BEACH-READY BEADS

Layer up colorful glass bead bracelets handcrafted by Maasai tribal women and support economic opportunities for women in the Rift Valley in Kenya. Leakey Collection Zulugrass Single Strand Beads, $21.95; leakeycollection.com

BEACH BAGS

Cart your gear to the water’s edge in this handmade bag crafted from recycled sails. This Portland-based company also sponsored the U.S. Women’s Olympic Sailing Team. $130; seabags.com

CLOUD COVER

These limited edition sun hats are hand-woven, colored with vegetable dyes, steamed and shaped with organic essential oils, and decorated with real gemstones. Your purchase also supports a community of women living in rural ranch lands a few hours out from Aspen, Colorado, where the company is based. Cloud Cover Sun Hats, $225 to $250; facebook.com/cloud-cover-hats

STERLING SEA CREATURES

Jewelry designer Lynn Cobb created these recycled silver pendants, exact replicas of original skeletons she found while “cruising shell shops and tide pools.” The sea urchin has a garnet in the center. $185; etsy.com/shop/lynncobb

Photo by GEORGE POST

NAUTICAL STRIPES

Lush and luxurious, these organic cotton beach towels come in red, blue or yellow stripes. A 40” x 70” size makes them perfect for cozy laying out or wrapping
up. Kassatex Spiaggia Organic Cabana Beach Towels; $45, available at Neiman Marcus.

ECO FLIP-FLOPS

Made in Brazil from rubber harvested sustainably in support of rainforest preservation, these flip-flops come in gold and silver. Planet Flops, $28; planetflops.com

CHAIN LINKS

Hand-crafted “vegetable ivory” Tagua nut earrings from the Ecuadorian rainforest support artists living in impoverished communities. Andean Collection Sunshine Tagua Link Earrings, $29; theandeancollection.com

SEA BLUE BEADS

The açaí seed beads in this wrap bracelet are hand-dyed and harvested from the Ecuadorian rainforest floor. Andean Collection Açai Cuff Bracelet, $48; theandeancollection.com

FEET ON DECK

Navigate slippery decks, docks and rocks in easy on, easy off vegan summer shoes with velcro straps, memory-foam foot bed and non-slip recycled rubber outsole. Jambu Water Diva, $99; planetshoes.com

SURFER MOMENT

Based in Malibu, it’s no wonder these designs are surfer-inspired. This hoodie is made from 100% recycled cotton fleece, in blue, white and cream. SurfMonk cotton fleece hoodie, $125, surfmonk.com

Originally published in Organic Spa Magazine

June 2016