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Zero-plastic beach day
Thomas J. Story

Zero-plastic beach day

Anna Cummins, environmentalist and cofounder of L.A.’s The 5 Gyres Institute, gives her green gear picks.

Sunscreen. “I just found a plastic-free sunscreen! It’s packaged in a cardboard tube—and is organic too.” Surfer’s Barrier Stick (SPF 30): $15; avasol.com

Sandwich bags. “I encourage people to ditch the Ziploc and go with reusable cotton bags.” LunchSkins: 3 sizes; from $7.85 each; lunchskins.com

Toys. “I love these marine-degradable bioplastic ones—if they accidentally get washed out to sea, they’ll break down in two to three years.” Beach toys: 2 color combos; $22/5-piece set; zoeborganic.com

Bottle. “Bring drinks in reusable stainless steel bottles.” Reflect Kanteen (with bamboo lid), $33/27 oz.; kleankanteen.com

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