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Aloha!

Hello everyone! Just settling in to my newest home where I will spend my time working on a small organic farm in the North Shore of Hawaii!

The farm is entirely self-sufficient and sustainable… an off-the-grid, organic, 6-acre farm that sits in the foothills of the most magnificent mountain range- and the beach..? It couldn’t be closer.

It’s all about restoring the native land and the soil on the farm, originally almost all of the land here was used and abused to produce sugarcane.

This organic farm is regenerating an entire eco-system of biodiverse life. We compost, we up-cycle all the containers that we can (jars and buckets, you name it we probably are re-using it), then recycle the ones we cannot. The electricity on the farm is powered by solar panels directly on site, and the water is from the wells and pumped with our own systems on site as well.

What does it mean to be a part of sustainable agriculture? It means contributing to the better well-being of the environment, the economy, and the people. The environmental aspect is taken care of through the restorative processes used to boost the vitality of the land. More on this in my next post (;

The economy and people are supported in a strong rooted community working together both on and off the farm. We sell at the local farmers market, giving fresh & organic produce to anyone who chooses to buy from us. We also help run community supported agriculture where people can subscribe or become a member to get a farm box each week for a certain price.

The food is fresh, the people are great, and the sun is always shining here. I can’t wait to share more of this journey with all of you! Great things are happening. Please, please reach out with questions, I can’t wait to hear from all of you.

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All That Glitters

This post only seemed right, seeing that my birthday is coming up.

Birthdays are a fact of life, but an essential ingredient in many of those party’s come in tiny shimmering form; glitter!

Glitter is another form of micro-plastics.

Micro-plastics are everywhere from the air we breathe to the food we eat. The plastic bits have reached our highest mountains and deepest oceans. Fish and birds digest them, and collect in their stomachs often killing them from starvation.

Much of the time these micro fibers are from items being broken down when leached into the environment. Plastic trash is more than just a problem. This month I took on a personal challenge to go out every day, no more than two miles from my house, and every single day I fill a bag with plastic bottles, cans, cigarette butts ( which also contain plastic) etc.. That radius falls in a moderately busy suburban area in central Pennsylvania.

Plastic never fully breaks down and today it is estimated that more than 8 trillion bits hit oceans every day. Using glitter adds to this pollution. When you think of these plastic bits though, you might imagine broken down bottles and jugs but it is much more than that. That is why I decided to talk about glitter.

Glitter is washed out plastic fine as grain. This type of plastic used in makeup and other cosmetics, holiday decorations, clothes, and party favors.

Luckily we live in a world where for every bad thing there are tons of good things. There is BIO-GLITTER! It is available on amazon, the package free shop, and this company who makes all sorts of colors.

Not only is it harmful when it finds its way into the animals of birds and fish, it hurts our bodies too. These tiny plastic particles are not even approved by the FDA! Micro beads were banned in July to be used in products but many glitters are made of plastic (still).

The plastic lifecycle is something entirely new to research and study because it is happening right now. I present this wonderfully put together article of facts that perfectly explain and aid in visualizing the problem.

Avoiding glitter is hard, but manageable if you are conscious of it. (:

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Earth Day Every Day

Short, but necessary post!

Happy April everyone, I know that we are all cooped up at home but I hope that it is nice enough that you are able to spend a little bit of time outside to get some fresh air. Maybe, you can make some good use out of that fresh air by picking up some trash….

Earthday is coming up, and seeing that I have all of the time in the world this month I am going to be trekking all across my home-town to collect trash every single day. I am turning earth day into earth month and doing a small part in picking up the trash I see in my local area.

I challenge all of you to go out and do the same, even if it’s just one small piece of trash! BUT PLEASE wear gloves.

You want to make sure that you are staying clean and sanitized when going out and picking up random items on the ground. Remember to try not to touch your face, and wash your hands when you get home.

If you decide to go out and pick up some trash, tag me in a post, or send me a photo and I’ll be re sharing all of your trash collecting pictures here and on my instagram.

Happy trash picking (:

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Reusing Soup Cans

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This is why you should re-use your soup cans, recycle them when you can’t, and keep AVOIDING plastics.

Aluminum has it’s upsides and downsides. It requires a lot of heavy machinery and enough land to mine from. In the surrounding mining areas, plant and animal life is immediately affected. However, the impact is semi-balanced because of the efficient recycling process that comes from re-using this source.

Aluminum is one of the most recyclable materials. They are, in fact, 100% recylable. Aluminum cans can be used in the making of cars, new aluminum cans, kitchen utensils, and plane parts!

Aluminum is better than plastic in the ways in which it can be recycled, however it requires a lot more energy to produce this product vs. plastic. Aluminum requires more energy, which in turn produces more of a carbon footprint. It produces around 18% more tonnes of CO2 in comparison with plastic. However plastics can be super hard to recycle. Certain types of plastic cannot be mixed with others, each type is actually shown on the bottom of the item with numbers. Each number represents a different chemical which melts at different temperatures. If you had a #1 that melts at let’s just say 100 degrees, and a #7 that melts at 250, they would melt differently and cause havoc in the recycling process.

Re-use those cans!

I keep preaching, but up-cycling is way more important than re-cycling. This encourages people to be mindful of the products they use, and to get creative! This is probably one of the easiest things that you could do for yourself as a college kid, or anyone anywhere who uses canned goods. I buy canned goods several ways, I use coconut milk, canned beans, and soups.

Soup has become a necessity this winter. It’s cheap, and I can store it forever in my cabinet until I am in need of something quick and healthy. I have been buying Amy’s Chunky Vegetable soup because it is organic, free from preservatives, and vegan! It also is not as high in sodium. Cambell’s soup can have upwards of 1400 mg of salt, Amy’s has 280 mg. 0:

Regardless of what canned foods you are using, you can give them extra life with my E-tips here.

  1. Start using them as cups! Maybe you are like me, and you think about how often we throw away those red solo cups at parties, but you also don’t want to clean up after a bunch of drunk kids. Red solo cups seem easier…Right? Well you could save up your aluminum cans and use them for the party. Either wash them to use again, or recycle them. This way they weren’t just simply used once and thrown away.
  2. Use them as plant holders. My roommate just got flowers for Valentine’s day so we put them in a Tito’s bottle as well as an aluminum can on our counter top! The roses still flourish just as beautiful as if they were in a clear vase.
  3. Decorate them! Pinterest offers tons of ways to get crafty with those cans to make them more -aesthetic-
  4. Use them as a make-up brush holder!
  5. Use them as cups, aside from the party. I use them for my smoothies and juices, I use them just like I would any other cup and it works just as great!

Thanks for reading! Like, Share & Subscribe to this site (:

Source Links

https://www.warwickri.gov/sanitation-recycling/faq/why-cant-all-plastics-be-recycled

https://www.thesca.org/connect/blog/environmental-impact-aluminum

https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=585

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What’s the big deal? It’s just ONE straw.

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Said a possible seven billion other people on the planet. But seriously, what is the big deal with straws? The World Watch Institute claims that straw use could circle the earth two and a half times every 24 hours. Imagine flying Americans alone go through 500 million straws a day!

Historically, straws were first created out of gold, then grass, then paper, and now plastic. In the 50’s and 60’s paper straws suffered a slow death with the rise of plastic ones which served to be more durable.

Most plastic straws are made out of petroleum-based plastic and are NOT biodegradable when disposed into the environment. This means, every single plastic straw that was ever invented and used still exists somewhere. The straw breaks down, but never fully degrades away. The plastics break down into micro-plastics that get swallowed by marine life (WATCH THIS). Plastics have been a problem for centuries, this video is from 2012. Animals are eating plastic and for those of you who eat animals, you are probably eating them as well.

Scientists estimate that there could be as many as 7 million plastic straws scattered in oceans and on beaches.

E-tips to say no to straws

When going out to eat in restaurants, remind yourself to say no to straws as much as you can. Every straw makes a difference.

Don’t add straws into soda cans, or bottles. It isn’t “boujee”, it’s wasteful.

Buy a reusable straw! There are so so so many options. SO many options that are not a plastic straw. Recently I discovered this bracelet straw, you don’t have to carry around anything more than a little band on your wrist. Here are several other options to use other than reusable straws!

The final straw Collapsable style straws

Strawlets Straw bracelets

Urban Outfitters Steel straw style set

Amazon stainless steel Straws with cleaning brush

Bamboo Straws My favorite! Bamboo is biodegradable (:

Paper Straws Still Biodegradable and easily disposable

Hay Straws These straws are created out of hay, yes HAY

Please repost, share, send to your friends, and remember not to SAY NO to straws, and plastic as much as you can (:

Breaking the Habit of Using too much TP

We all know the pandemic wreaked havoc on our toilet paper supply as people everywhere rushed to the stores to stock pile as if it were the actual apocalypse.

TP shortages caused some of us to really think about how much we are actually using when we gotta “go”. Just how many squares on average are you using?

Well according to a survey taken by Charmin measuring user experience with toilet paper people typically use 8.6 squares per use. If the average person goes to the bathroom six times a day, then in one year the average person is using around 20,000 sheets of toilet paper….Crazy right?

Small things add up and I think that noticing the importance of how much we all individually waste, especially when it comes to something as controllable as a sheet of toilet paper, can make a big difference.

Question: Ever wonder why trees are brown, but all of the paper products we use are bright white?

Well toilet paper like most paper products are created from either recycled paper or from the cellulose in the tree fibers. Then the pulp is put through a bleaching process, giving it’s sparkling bright white pop. The word bleach comes from an old English word called blæcen meaning to whiten.

Do you know what bleach is?

To understand bleach, we must first understand chlorine. Chlorine gas was first used in warfare during WWI. Today it is very commonly used in the industrial world.

Chlorine is a naturally occurring element, but it so easily abused and overused in our products that we use. I always remembered the mr.yuck stickers my mom put on all of the cleaning products we used in the house. I could not understand why we would use it at all when it wasn’t any different than if I put it directly on my skin or if we used it to clean the same floor I would play on with my sister.

Too much chlorine exposure either from breathing, ingesting by drinking or eating, and touching can affect our health. Of course, it relates to how much and the route of exposure, however small things add up and I believe that through all of the short term exposures we are deeply hurting both our overall health/ wellbeing and the environment overtime without realizing it.

Bleach is a powerful oxidizer comprised of chlorine. Too much chlorine can be extremely harmful on human skin. All of the paper products we continually use and come in contact with are rubbing more and more and more chlorine onto our bodies. Our health is suffering as a result.

Although there is not a ton of research supporting indirect exposure from bleached paper products to human skin, there is a ton of research supporting what it does to the earth beneath our feet.

The products decompose and leach the chemical process into the soil when they are either thrown into the dump, or littered. The snowball effect: the soil over-nourished with chlorine can runoff into the streams and waterways which get into the ocean leading to more ocean acidification which leads to the destruction of natural habitats and wild animals including the extinction of coral reef which also rises the temperature of our oceans…. etc. Every. Single. Thing. Is. Connected.

We have no idea how much chemicals from plants are either directly flooded into streams and waterways. If we stop buying the products containing the chemicals–they will be forced to stop making them eventually.

So, rather than choosing bright white napkins that are unnatural and do not belong in our world we should first opt for using reusables (when it comes to napkins, paper towels, and even paper.) As for toilet paper, there are tons of different products that aren’t put through the chemical bleaching products that get the job done just fine!

Who Gives a Crap offers a great alternative to grocery shore shopping by delivering right to your door. Don’t worry about the stockpile being low- order ahead on live and save the planet!

Seventh Generation has a wide variety of eco friendly products, and plant-based solutions to share to be able to provide for generations to come. They can be found in many Whole Foods nationwide and other grocery stores like Walmart and Target!

Stop feeding your money to the industries that are slowly killing us. We have to start investing our energy and money into the companies trying to make a difference so that we aren’t continuously living in a damaged world. If you are living under circumstances where non-bleached products aren’t accessible, that is okay. We can’t always control everything. However, what you can control is how many squares of toilet paper you wipe your tush with. Just TRY! Seriously. Next visit to the porcelain goddess count the sheets you use and it will help you to become more mindful in your wastefulness.

XOXO- Like, Share and REPOST!! ❤

Green Peace

In light of everything going on, I took some time to reflect on the original reason for me creating this blog. I started writing on this space to educate and lift up my small sphere of people that I influence and touch- in hopes that they might react to what I share and think to make greener decisions.

Greener solutions need to be sought after for all, and the transformation needs to be acknowledged and shared.

CLIMATE CHANGE does not affect all communities the same.

Yes, but not equally. 

Over 68% of African Americans live within a 30 mile radius of a coal fire power plant- disproportionately causing tons of heart and lung diseases and problems within those communities. 

56% of populations near toxic waste sites are people of color.

95% anti-pollution claims made by minority groups have been denied by the EPA.

People of color are two times more likely to have unsafe water and proper sanitation. 

Environmental justice is creating a reality where communities have an equal opportunity to get a fresh carton of blueberries just as easily as a happy meal. 

Opening up the conversation to environmental racism is going to be so important if we ever collectively want to move forward as a nation. As the ‘united and free’ people that we claim to be.

What does the future look like to me?

I see education and awareness as the first step. Right now, people are bringing an extreme amount of light to all of the systemic issues and driving forces behind them- profit in the elite’s pocket- I am tired of existing in a world where money and profit are put before people. 

FOSSILS are EXTINCT, I think that it is time we stop fueling ourselves with remnants of the past and begin expanding on a growing future. BUT HOW? How is it possible to make a difference when one individual cannot single handedly (no matter how many letters she writes) actually change the laws in place, or business structures that have held up for centuries.

We continue to try to put blame on the happening that is -climate change- instead of taking steps to mitigate or at least change ANYTHING. It is repulsive to me that leaders all over the world, specifically in this country, are so ignorant and in clear denial of climate change. Despite very clear evidence and warning signs being sounded all throughout the planet that she is struggling and life is dying. We saw the brief flicker of life return while the pandemic placed it’s foothold into our lives, a hard press on the breaks and gentle nudge of encouragement to wake up and SLOW down with our lives.

Not all blame can be placed so heavily on the leaders we see, change starts small. Never tell yourself that you cannot possibly make a difference. Stop seeking action through others and realize your potential to create change. One way of doing so is with your money. I cannot stress this enough… Use your dollar as your vote. Use. Your. Dollar. As. Your. Vote.

One more time for the people in the back…Use your dollar as your vote. Raising your awareness is possible given the amount of information available on this beautiful thing called the internet. Educate yourself on minimalism. Educate yourself about the companies you buy from…and who they support. CHOOSE not to buy from companies who mistreat animals, or employ prisoners for labor unfairly and without pay, or who support anti LGBTQ rights, or who give money to big oil corporations. Choose companies that source their materials sustainably, recognize that every single one of us wields the purchasing power and share into the marketplace of the world. If we stop buying, they stop making. The information is out there, so whatever you do choose to buy- buy wisely and ethically. Ask the questions and I am sure you will find the answers a lot easier than you might think. Ask questions like, do I know where this chocolate bar even came from? Do I know that the cacao beans used to make this sweet bar were fair trade, and not a by-product of child labor? What about the milk and sugar used to make it so sweet? Were the cows humanely raised and treated like animals, not like things? We are so far removed from the processes that unite us with the truth. We are enabled and privileged to be able to show up at a grocery store and have everything that we could ever want. With that power comes responsibility that a lot of people do not want anything to do with, why ask these questions when the immediate satisfaction of eating a chocolate bar is convenient and worthy of not questioning.

By questioning the reality of the environment that we ourselves in our small worlds live in we start to wake up to the larger picture. We need to take our power back as consumers and individuals and start purchasing from companies that are making the effort to sustainable change.

Be the change you want to see in the world ❤

Like, Share, and Repost as always! Spread love, and reach out with questions

Waste Less

How can you waste less during the pandemic?

We are all driving less, but ordering way more on Amazon. I wanted to offer some simple switches that we can all try!

Switch your amazon account to ship less plastic to you!

  1. Make your Amazon orders PLASTIC-FREE
  • go to your account
  • click help
  • scroll down to contact us
  • start a chat with the customer service and request minimal plastic free packaging and boom!

It’s that easy and it will be saved into your account every time you order something. It only takes maybe 5 minutes.

2. Notice what kinds of products you buy at the grocery store

One of the best ways to acknowledge your usage is by writing it down. Next time you make it to the grocery store look into your cart and count how many of the items you have contain plastic.

A good way to stay away from plastic is to buy fruits and veggies! I know with the virus going on I acknowledge the struggles that people are facing in stocking up and having all of the necessary supplies. You can still observe and realize all of the plastic that is coming in and out of your life within a few weeks but lasts in the outside world forever.

3. Silicon and re-usable plastic bags for food storage

Reusables are in the market for everything nowadays. You can buy reusable ( and washable) silicon ziplock bags , reusable bags, and makeup removing pads!

If you have a product that is used once and then thrown away, there is most likely already a product out there that is reusable! Don’t knock it before you try it.

4. Be responsible with your money.

Your money is your vote with every product that you buy. If you continue to chose to buy from companies that mistreat the environment and aren’t sourcing their materials sustainably then that is your choice. There is an alternative for almost EVERYTHING today. If you have specific questions contact me!

Earth Day

I know everyone’s timeline is flooded with earth day posts and celebrations of all things nature, so I just had to join in.

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the first climate strikes. The streets were full of love and hope that in the future people might care about something more than themselves.

This post is all about ways that you can be more earth friendly in ANY walk of life. Being sustainable is not just about the environment, its about the people around you. It is about having community and justice for people and planet.

Things you should know

These 17 numbers represent the sustainable development goals set apart by the entire world who came together and signed the Paris Agreement in order to prevent climate catastrophe.

Although the government sucks at taking federal action against climate change, people are stepping up. I had the pleasure of attending a talk with Force Blue in January at Penn State. Their story is one that combines former special ops military men with coral reef restoration efforts to save our oceans. Check this out.


Businesses and individuals everywhere ARE taking action. All across the European continent, they organize Car Free Days to cut down on emissions. When I went to Barcelona for my spring break, it just so happened to be on one of those days. Barcelona is a huge city with over 5 million people. But as I walked around that day and saw all of the blocked off streets, I also saw people hanging around and having fun together outside instead of stuck bustling in the passing of cars.

The Zero Waste Store has become my hope and hero in business. They provide any and all things environmentally friendly and waste free. Even if you don’t know where to start when it comes to living more sustainably, they offer kits and tons of options that easily replace things that we use that are wasteful. That way, if you don’t like change, then you don’t have to they changed it for you.

The world seems more divided than ever before. Tension is high, but it’s exciting to be a part of something that matters. Some people choose to sit back and enjoy the ride, while others put the work into making something happen. Climate change IS a priority, and what makes me so ANGRY is the consistent ignorance of people’s inaction.

I feel like I am staring at the two roads diverged in yellow wood, and my government is choosing the one that is burning. There is no one to blame for the past, the only thing that matters is the future of what decisions happen next. I just hope that while we sit in our homes we choose to do better with the time we have.

Happy Earth Day Everyone! Get your a** outside (:

Lights OUT

Hello everyone! It has been a bit since I last posted, but I really wanted to get writing again. I have been quarantined at school in complete isolation for a little over a week now, and things have been surprisingly okay. I was in Spain for spring-break and could not risk giving the virus, despite having no symptoms, to my parents or other family members. (Yes you can spread the virus without symptoms) Just doin what I gotta do!

I’m sure some of you have seen what the ‘absence of humanity’ has done since lockdowns began. The air pollution in Italy and China have significantly fallen, and canals in Venice are crystal clear. But I don’t think that humanity has to go away for nature to thrive.

Sometimes lifestyles and habits change, and as we are shifting toward a lifestyle at home, I started thinking about all of the habits we have at home. I have been racing to think of ways that we can stay as eco-friendly as possible while also staying safe. One thing that struck my mind was energy, specifically electricity.

E-Tips for Staying at Home

Turn off your lights! Most electricity in the United States comes from natural gas and coal. No, the outlets in your wall don’t just spark up naturally. The electricity you use to make your frozen pizza and charge your phone mostly comes from burning fossil fuels!

As you move from room to room in your home, try to remember to turn off your lights! Turning off lights, reduces energy, which reduces carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases. Maybe you will create a better habit for when life gets back to normal and everyone is using less electricity.

UNPLUG your devices! Ever hear of a vampire device? It does exactly what it sounds like it would, it sucks energy from your outlets even when it isn’t being used and the power is switched off. Keurig’s and other coffee makers are a big culprit! TV’s, radio’s, treadmills and other devices are as well.

Almost 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off, which can cost you up to $200 per year! So unplug that sh** for your wallet too.

As we are constantly plugged in to technology, try to charge your phone during the day until it reaches about 100, then unplug it rather than wasting the energy over charging at night while you sleep! Plugging your phone in while you sleep can actually weaken the battery’s lifespan anyways. Since none of us are doing our regular 9-5 days, just try it out!

Here is the link to the EPA’s guide on reducing energy in your home. Here you can find out what kind of energy is used near you. And what kinds of appliances/ products work on reducing the amount of energy they use in the first place!

USE LESS water. Gentle reminders, as we wash our hands maybe a little more than normal… Please remember to turn off the water between soap scrubbing and actually washing!

When you are brushing your teeth, turn OFF the water. Brush them pearly’s but please remember to turn off your running water!

Take advantage of the time that we all have and…plant a garden! Gardens can reduce air and noise pollution, filter ground water, and cut down on pollution. You might be wondering how this is possible, to do when all kinds of stores are closed! But I know for sure grocery stores sell a limited amount of seeds and other plants that you might be able to start with! Succulents are easy to take care of, so are a lot of other house plants that can bring a little bit of outside, inside your home.

I hope all of you are responsibly quarantining, and social distancing to slow this thing down! Dance and sing your hearts out, stay safe & healthy — but like always give me a like, share, or repost pleaaaaaase (:

xoxo

Reef Safe Sunscreen

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With spring break steam rolling around the corner, and college students fleeing to beaches worldwide… There is something that MUST be said about sunscreen.

Many conventional sunscreen’s today cause a lot of harm, killing off and damaging our coral in the oceans. When you wear sunscreen in the ocean, it comes off and leaches into the water and marine environment.

Despite coral looking like an inanimate rock, it is very much alive. Watch this National Geographic video on Coral Reefs.

These ingredients in the sunscreen dissolve in the ocean and threaten marine life, they sink and become part of the ocean sediment.

Sunscreen can affect other marine life as well. In dolphins, the sediment can accumulate in their tissue and deform and potentially kill them. It can decrease fertility in dozens of other fish species as well, rendering them unable to reproduce.

The studies performed have proven since 2013 that several chemicals in conventional sunscreen are harmful for coral and other marine life, yet it is still allowed to be used. Luckily there are tons of alternatives that keep your skin, and reefs safe!

Still today, there are no federal regulation’s on what companies can advertise as reef-safe. They could be falsely marketing the product, which is why the ingredients list is SO important. Some of the main coral killers are Oxybenzone, or BP-3, Octinoxate, Benzophenone-2, or BP-2. This list I put together is the best list of reef safe brands I could find! There are tons of options with sprays, creams, lotions that protect against UV rays, are the recommended SPF, and non-toxic.

E-tips for Reef Safe Sunscreen

All of these can be found on Amazon, but I added some of their websites so you can see what their message and company is all about.

Raw Element’s Sunscreen (SPF 30) Tin moisturizer, reusable and recyclable!!

Zero Waste Store (SPF 50) Vegan beach or mountain protection, PLASTIC FREE

Babo Botanicals is (SPF 30) Ultra sheer, lightweight, hypoallergenic mineral sunscreen

Butterbean (SPF 30) This product is 100% compostable and great for travel

Coola Mineral Sun Silk Crème (SPF 30) Plant sourced protection, creams, sprays, etc…

Love Sun Body (SPF 50) Made in the U.S, a clean, plant based alternative

Honest Mineral Sunscreen Spray (SPF 30) water resistant, mineral based

Sun Bum Face Lotion (SPF 50) Vegan, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, matte finish

Raw Love (SPF 30) Mineral based & reef safe!

Like, Share, Repost!!! But more importantly, remind your friends to buy the right sunscreen this spring break. Have fun, and safe travels xoxoxo