BEAUTY: I SEA PROGRESS

When you're searching for romantic, seaside getaways, the "Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch" is probably not on your go-to list, and for good reason. While climate change and the extinction of the world's land animals dominate the media, we're faced with the very real (and avoidable) problem of millions of tons of garbage polluting our oceans and killing our wildlife.  A 2014 study estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic trash enter the sea from land every year.

"Because of its durability, low cost, and our increased use in recent decades, plastic makes up the majority of marine debris seen on shorelines and floating in oceans worldwide," says the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. "This creates a difficult problem because most plastics are not biodegradable (bacteria don't break them down into simple, harmless components the way they do paper or wood). Instead, as plastic ages, the sun's light and heat break it into smaller and smaller pieces. This tiny plastic confetti, along with larger pieces of floating plastic, creates a big problem."

It's a problem that beauty brand Sea Bottle set out to address.

Launched in 2016, the company, started by Co-Founders of Jaeson Plon and Bradd Kern, provides premium, natural products - free of harsh chemicals like sulfates (SLS), phthalates, and parabens. Packaged in sustainable, recyclable materials, Sea Bottle continues to support the environment by donating a portion of every sale directly to non-profit groups committed to protecting marine life through education and research.

The coordinates in Sea Bottle's logo, 39°N by 135°W, mark the heart of the Pacific Gyre, also known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Their motto: Better for your Body. Better for the Ocean. Made in the U.S.A, their latest release Sea Bottle’s Coastal Lavender Natural Hand Wash is well worth a look:

Free of harsh chemicals like sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate (SLS), phthalates, and parabens, Sea Bottle’s Coastal Lavender Natural Hand Wash allows you to soothe and moisturize your hands with an enticing formulation of organic aloe, pure argan oil, and refreshing botanicals. Housed in a unisex, frosted, 100% degradable glass bottle, the product’s sleek appearance on the outside is just as divine as the ingredients inside.