Plastic Free Suncream Essentials

Picture this: the sun’s out, it’s summer and spirits are high. And the go-to when you know you’re going to be in the sun for a long period of time is using suncream. But traditional suncream just doesn’t cut it for your skin or for the environment. Here’s why it is time to swap it out in favour of plastic free suncream.

For one, traditional suncream can contain harmful chemicals that sink into our skin and interfere with how some hormones work. In fact, it can also lead to ocean life suffering as a consequence. As holidaymakers and sun seekers enjoy the beach and go for a dip, even their water-resistant suncream will come off in the sea and devastates coral reefs, contributing to coral bleaching. And let’s face it “reef safe” suncream in a plastic bottle is not ideal for the planet either.

What are our top picks for plastic free suncreams? When hitting the sun, try a more sustainable alternative.

Zero Waste and Plastic Free Suncream

plastic free and zero waste suncream

Katie Mae – 30 SPF

This brand offers a compostable sun cream stick and comes in zero waste packaging.  Katie Mae suncream contains only four ingredients – non-nano zinc oxide, locally-sourced beeswax, organic coconut oil and organic cacao butter. 

plastic free suncream by Shade


Shade is an all natural sunscream made with just four simple, moisturising and sun-resistant ingredients (coconut oil, beeswax, zinc oxide and shea butter) to make a safe and highly effective plastic free suncream. The 72% organic, sustainably-sourced, unrefined and fragrance-free suncream comes in a metal tin.

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plastic free suncream from Etsy

Herbal Chest – 25 SPF

If you have very sensitive skin, Herbal Chest offers a vegan ‘sun butter’ that does not contain coconut oil. They’ve added ingredients like green tea-infused olive oil, and elderflower infused grapeseed oil to give your skin an antioxidant boost. 

plastic free suncream by Surfdurt

SurfDurt – 30 SPF

SurfDurt offers a refillable suncream packaged in bamboo, making it more sustainable by reducing the amount of waste. Most of the ingredients are certified organic, making it safer for your skin. What’s more, it has no added fragrance so it’s great for those with very sensitive skin. 

All Good – 50 SPF

All Good has a sun cream that’s highly effective, which means you can enjoy 80 minutes of fun in the water with its water resistance and high protection. All Good have been promoting a range of products for over 20 years, so they’re well established to deliver great quality products. 

plastic free face sunscreen

Face Theory

Facetheory is great for using eco-friendlier packaging. They use amber glass jars and aluminium screw-top lids for most of their products and orders are sent out using cardboard and paper. The products are free of parabens, silicones, PEGs, SLS, SLES, and mineral oils. Vegan and cruelty-free. Made in the UK.

Do you have a favourite plastic free suncream? Comment the name or link to their website below.

If you’re interested plastic free lifestyle and are looking for more ways to be conscious with your self-care products, check out my blog on shampoo and conditioner bars here

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Mia Hadrill
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