Splash into summer with these ethically-made and eco-friendly beach towels and blankets perfect for picnicking and lounging by the pool or sea. There’s really nothing quite like a vibrant oversized towel or bright blanket to instantly put you into vacation mode and these conscious towels and blankets absolutely do that!
This guide features towels made responsibly with all-natural or recycled fibers towels — including many organic beach towels. Those that are not made with organic fibers have met high standards for ethics and are working to preserve traditional crafts at-risk of being lost to mass production and also support the livelihoods of craftspeople.
P.S. If you’re looking for bath towels, check out my guide to Organic Towels here!
Note that this guide includes affiliates and partners. As always, I only feature brands meeting high standards for ethics and environmental responsibility that I truly believe in.
Anaskela creates vibrant and versatile towels for heading to the beach, the mountains, or on a camping trip in (sustainable!) style. Each eco-friendly travel towel — made from recycled PET bottles — is soft, absorbent, and lightweight, making it the ultimate accessory for warm-weather adventures.
And, for the outdoor enthusiast or beach lover on your gift list, Anaskela has adorable gift box sets!
Price Range: $39 – $64 (Gift Sets are $74+)
Handwoven from 100% Turkish cotton on traditional looms by women in Turkey, QuiQuattro has exceptionally made, authentic Turkish towels. QuiQuattro’s vibrant and uniquely patterned towels are lightweight and absorbent, making them the perfect towels to take to the pool nearby, your local beach, or that tropical destination you’re dreaming about right now! These towels can be used as a beach towel, they can be wrapped like a sarong for a swimsuit cover-up, they can be used as a picnic blanket, and also as a decorative throw when it’s no longer beach season.
This small-batch, women-owned brand operates with transparent practices (meet their artisans here!) and gives back, donating 10% of their profits to an educational fund for young girls in Turkey.
Price Range: $15 – $60
Use code CONSCIOUSLIFE15 for 15% off!
Founded by a California-based mother and daughter duo with Mexican heritage, Nipomo creates blankets designed with Cali-inspired colors and patterns that are woven using traditional Mexican techniques.
All of Nipomo’s summer-y blankets are woven by skilled weavers in Central Mexico using upcycled yarn made from remnants left over by the garment industry. All weavers work in healthy, safe conditions and earn fair wages for their crafts.
Each Nipomo blanket also comes with a vegetable-tanned leather strap for carrying it around to the beach, park, or wherever else your warm-weather adventures take you.
Sustainable bedding and bath brand Coyuchi has oversized towels designed with bright splashy colors. Each towel is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton that’s been grown and woven in Turkey.
Coyuchi’s line of eco-friendly beach towels have been specifically designed to be lightweight while also being ultra-absorbent, making them the ultimate sustainable beach accessory.
Price Range: $68 – $98
Boll & Branch’s medallion-printed eco-friendly beach towels are bound to put you in a vacation state of mind. Crafted from Fair Trade and GOTS-certified organic cotton and made in Fair Trade Certified factories, Boll & Branch’s towels meet some pretty exceptional standards.
And the standard for quality is just as high — the brand’s towels have an ultra-plush velour side for laying and lounging on and an absorbent terry cloth side to dry off with.
Price Range: $60 – $110
Woven with care by artisan families in Turkey using traditional techniques, AnatoliCo creates authentic high-quality Turkish towels. AnatoliCo’s all-natural 100% cotton towels (they do use conventional cotton) have designs that will bring in some laid-back Mediterranean vibes to your everyday life. All of AnatoliCo’s pieces are ethically made by master artisans.
AnatoliCo also has kaftans for the pool or beach and robes for lounging around your house — Mediterranean style.
Price: Towels start at $55
7. Home & Loft
Another brand with soft, expertly crafted Turkish towels is Home & Loft. All of the brand’s pieces are hand-loomed, handspun, and handwoven by skilled artisan weavers using traditional techniques that have been passed down generation after generation. Home & Loft towels are handcrafted slowly, ethically, and completely electricity-free in small batches in Istanbul, Turkey.
If you love the aesthetic of Home & Loft, they also have kaftans and tunics to wear as swimsuit coverups.
More Ethical and Eco-Friendly Beach Towel Brands
8. Sand Cloud – Turkish cotton towels, including some organic cotton options | Price: $47
9. Sustainable Travel Store – Eco-friendly beach towels made from 50% regenerated cotton | Price: $40
10. Nomadix – Performance towels made from recycled plastic bottles that can be used for the beach, for yoga, and for traveling | Price: $55
11. The Tartan Blanket Co. – Recycled wool blankets with straps perfect for picnicking | Price: £75.00
12. West Elm – Absorbent beach towels made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton | Price: $30
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