In Your... Beach Bag

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Hey Friends!

Summer is in full swing and we here at Dot are on the lookout for the best products to use on all our summer adventures. We're starting a series called "In Your...", and in each post we will include a list of fairtrade items that we support and would love for you to check out!  Because of this crazy Mississippi heat, all we've been dreaming about lately is the beach. So we've compiled a list of all the necessities for your next beach trip. Happy shopping and happy summer!

1. Sunglasses, Warby Parker

Keeping your eyes protected from the sun is a must. And when you purchase a pair of Warby Parker Sunglasses, they donates glasses to one of their partners. They also train men and women in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices.

2. Kids Sunglasses, Subsidy Shades

Your kiddos eyes need protection from the sun as well, so why not protect them in style! Subsidy Shades has a number of adorable kids sunglasses, like the strawberry ones shown above. Subsidy Shades has our full support because of their sweet mission: helping families with the financial burden of adoption. 

3. Beach Towel, Creative Women

We love these beach towels not only because they are beautifully handwoven, but also because Creative Women works with women-owned and led studios around the world to create a positive impact in communities through long-term, reliable employment that ripples out into better health, education, and opportunities for families! And you thought you were just laying on a towel! 

4. Savanna Sports Disc, Pocket Disc

Have some fun on the beach or anywhere with these awesome frisbees by Pocket Disc! Pocket Disc is committed to supporting and improving the lives of the Maya that work to create these flying works of art. They fund water filtration systems in numerous villages, organize local river clean-up days, and their main mission is to provide a much better place for the women to come to work everyday.

5. Anena Beach Bag, The Catrinka Project

The most important item for any beach trip- a bag to carry all your beach necessities! This reversible beach bag is sewn in Uganda from locally grown cotton. The Catrinka Project is an organization after our own heart, for a share of their proceeds goes to fund education for the girls in the areas where they work.

6. Chocolate Banana Mini Bar, 2 Degrees 

These bars are the perfect yummy snack to ease your hunger on those long days in the sun! 2 Degrees' mission is simple: for every bar sold, they give a meal to a hungry child. Through your support, 2 Degrees fights world hunger both domestically and globally.

7. The Dot Journal, Dot Products

That's us! Spend your time at the beach journaling, doodling, etc. And what better way than with our very own Dot Journal! Every product we sell funds half a day of school to a child in Mexico, Congo, or Tanzania.

8. Wide Brim Raffia Hat, Purse and Clutch

Block the sun and look fabulous at the same time with this hat from Purse and Clutch. We support Purse and Clutch because they are a fair trade organization that partners with artisans around the world to treat them with respect and pay them the living wage in their region!

9. Reusable Bottle, People Water 

Got to stay hydrated! This fun reusable bottle from People Water helps with their clean water project. For every bottle purchased, the organization will give an equal amount of water to a person in need.

10. Simple Healthy Sunscreen, Butterbean Organics 

Protecting your skin is important for any day in the sun! We love Butterbean Organics because the organization is dedicated to providing chemical free and effective products in a way that compliment both the people that use them and the environment that they are used in.

11. Lip Balm, Thistle Farms 

Keeping your lips protected goes hand in hand with protecting your skin. Thistle Farms has our support because of what they do. The Residential Program at Thistle Farms serves women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets. The residents and graduates of the program create bath and body products, and purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women by whom they were made.

We hope you will check out all these products and give your support to these organizations that are helping people world-wide. Enjoy your beach trips!

Mary (Intern A)