I Live Along the Beach, and This Is Softest, Most Absorbent Turkish Towel I’ve Ever Used

I Live Along the Beach, and This Is Softest, Most Absorbent Turkish Towel I’ve Ever Used

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I’ll admit, it took me longer than it should have to jump onto the Turkish beach towel bandwagon — especially considering I live at the beach! I didn’t see the need to buy anything new when my trusty terrycloth towels worked just fine. Wow, was I wrong! When I finally adopted this new (to me) technology and realized how much lighter, slimmer, and chicer it was, I was a total convert. I have since opened myself to all sorts of towel possibilities, and my latest find is the hands-down frontrunner for my favorite. Every time (literally every time) I pull my FiveADRIFT Beach Towel out of my beach bag, I get tons of oohs and aahs from my friends, and we spend the next few minutes talking about how fabulous it is.

I fell in love with this beauty the moment I laid eyes on it online. With a sun-bleached, beach-inspired color palette, it exudes a laid-back vibe that immediately brings to mind surf spots like San Diego and Hawaii. I went with S. Pacific Ocean Boho Surf — a mix of stripes in rusty orange and aqua blue — but the other three styles are equally easy on the eyes. Ropy tassels on either end give it that extra dash of boho appeal, and it’s lightweight enough to throw in your beach bag or even your luggage without the bulk of a terrycloth towel. Yet even with such a slim profile, it’s spans a generous 65″ x 36″, so you can spread yourself out on the sand for a nap or wrap it around you when that welcome afternoon sunshower passes through.

And when you do get wet, whether after the rain or a dip in the ocean, you won’t stay that way for long. FiveADRIFT’s towel is made from HempCORE, a blend of hemp and cotton that absorbs three times as much water as the average towel. I’ve used towels that claim to get more absorbent with every wash, but this one actually does! Sure, the $49 price tag seemed high at first — especially given that my usual Turkish towels are six for $60 on Amazon — but I love the fact that, unlike most towels on the market, these contain zero microfibers or plastics that will seep into the water and harm the planet. I can also happily confirm that this FiveADRIFT gem is the softest towel I’ve ever used, and it just gets softer with every wash.

In the past, whether I’ve used terrycloth or Turkish towels, I’ve always ended up with a pile of sand at the bottom of the washing machine. It’s one of the hazards of spending time at the beach, right? Wrong! The geniuses at FiveADRIFT crafted HempCORE to be sand resistant, so you can leave the beach at the beach where it belongs instead of bringing it home with you. A towel that is kinder to my laundry appliances? Now that’s a benefit I didn’t expect. ($49 is looking a bit more reasonable, huh?)

I prefer to spend my money on brands that align with my values, which is why I was drawn to FiveADRIFT in the first place. The company donates 100 percent (!!) of its profits to ridding the sea of the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic that litter it. In fact, each towel purchased equates to 75 plastic bottles being removed from our oceans. ($49? A bargain!)

So get ready for a stylish, sustainably minded summer! Whether you’re headed for the beach or the pool — or perhaps a little of both — I have a feeling that this FiveADRIFT Beach Towel is about to become your favorite, too.

This Popular Wine Brand Is Removing Millions of Plastic Bottles From the Ocean

This Popular Wine Brand Is Removing Millions of Plastic Bottles From the Ocean

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Wine fans can now enjoy their favorite summertime sip knowing that they are giving back to the planet. Thanks to its work with ReSea Project, The Hidden Sea wine offers an eco-conscious solution.

For every bottle of wine purchased across its three varieties—Rosé, Chardonnay, and Red Blend—The Hidden Sea removes the equivalent of 10 single-use plastic water bottles from oceans and waterways around the world. Since July 2020, The Hidden Sea has removed over 13.7 million bottles from waters and with the recent U.S. debut, the brand now anticipates an even larger impact as it works towards its ultimate goal: to remove one billion single-use plastic bottles from the ocean by 2023.

The Hidden Sea is also committed to being fully transparent with its customers. Working alongside ReSeas Project, one of the only companies certified to DNV’s Chain of Custody Standard, it means that they must provide proof of the plastic’s source and authenticity and allow anyone to trace the plastic back to its extraction site.

“The Hidden Sea is not creating another drinking moment, we’re creating a movement with measurable impact,” says Justin Moran, Co-Founder of The Hidden Sea, in a press release. “On the heels of a wildly successful debut in the UK market, we’re excited to invite socially-conscious wine lovers in the US to join us as we sip our way to a better tomorrow.”

The brand’s commitment to sustainability stems from the founders’ personal experiences and the vineyard’s provenance. Australia’s Limestone Coast, where The Hidden Sea’s vineyards are based, was once covered by a vast ocean and home to a thriving marine ecosystem. In addition to helping to combat plastic waste in our oceans, The Hidden Sea is solar-powered operated and is dedicated to becoming a carbon-neutral operation by the end of 2022.

To learn more, visit www.thehiddensea.com.

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Arielle Tschinkel is a freelance pop culture and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared on Shape.com, WomansWorld.com, FirstforWomen.com, Insider, HelloGiggles, and more. She loves all things Disney and is making her way to every park around the world, and is a die-hard Britney Spears fan for life. She’s also obsessed with her Bernedoodle, Bruce Wayne.

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