By Emily Kearns
University of Pittsburgh
MAJR: Communications

What’s better than Summer Dreaming, relaxing and having some fun in the sun?  Making a difference at the same time!

With the weather warming up, we’ve picked some Summer Essentials that will keep you in step with the best Summer has to offer, and help you give back with some positive companies that are making the world a better place.

1. For all the time you’ll spend at the beach or pool, you’ll need to protect your skin with the right products. What’s the point of using sunscreens and lip balms if you’re just putting more toxins in your body? Pick up this organic sunscreen and lip balm by Badger at your local Whole Foods to keep yourself safe from those harmful rays!

2. Each time you purchase a pair of TOMS Shoes, a pair is given to a child in need. TOMS offers a wide variety of styles to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find the right pair for you.

3. Want to rock a pair of sunglasses while also giving back?  Similar to TOMS, for each pair of glasses or sunglasses you buy from Warby Parker, they will donate a pair of glasses to somebody in need. I’d say that’s a win-win situation!

4. If you’re looking to hop on the nautical trend this summer, totes by Sea Bags are created using recycled sails and are perfect for a day at the beach!

Keeping your body (and the planet) safe goes a long way.  This Summer, be informed and choose products that are safe, toxin-free and give back to society.  You can find these essentials and more on our Twitter page, so get out there and make your mark!