Towels And Blankets You Can Lounge On

When we’re packing for a trip to the beach or a daycation by the pool, the first thing we reach for is our beach towel. But have you ever wondered why so many towels are slow to dry, fall apart after just a few uses, or are too bulky to throw into our bags? The struggle is real.

Thankfully, these sustainable beach towels are made with lightweight materials like organic cotton and linen or upcycled from plastic water bottles. That means they are sustainable (our fav!), as well as quick-drying, easy to carry, and even easier to clean—no sand clumps to worry about!

For your next trip to the shore, grab your towel along with a lounge chair, picnic basket, and sunnies, and enjoy the fun in the sun.

1. Coyuchi

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Made Safe certified, GOTS certified, ethical supply chain, gives back
Materials | Organic cotton
Price | $68

Coyuchi, born off the California coast, has long prioritized ethics and sustainability in its bedding, bath, and home goods. Its organic beach towels—made entirely from organic cotton grown in Turkey—are woven under fair and safe working conditions. The result? A lightweight and quick-drying Turkish towel that’s perfect for poolside parties (or naps).

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2. Oddbird

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Artisan-made in Turkey in small batches, raw & natural fibers
Materials | Linen & cotton blend
Price | $49–$90

Gorgeous towels that double for the bath and the beach? We’re here for it! Oddbird’s Turkish towels are handwoven on 100-year-old looms by artisans, lovingly crafted in small batches. And because they’re mid-weight, these towels can also act as stylish swim cover-ups or textiles for your patio oasis. International shipping available!

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Based In | New York, USA
Ethics | Fair trade, ethically made in Guatemala, sustainable materials & natural dyes, women-owned
Materials | Cotton & natural dyes
Price | $98

MINNA partners with artisans around the world from Mexico to Bolivia for ethically produced home goods, including these beautiful beach towels. This women-owned and run brand ensures that makers use traditional techniques, set their own wages, and have access to natural and nontoxic materials only—a truly empowering brand. Find us swooning over the rich colors and patterns all summer long.

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4. Sand Cloud

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Sustainable materials, 10 percent donated to marine conservation
Materials | Organic cotton
Price | $48–$148

Sand Cloud is on a mission to help preserve marine life (#savethefishies!), which is why 10 percent of sales go to causes like Marine Conservation Institute and Surfrider Foundation. Sand Cloud’s towels are crafted with organic cotton in Turkey and made especially to be sand-resistant. Find countless patterns, sea-inspired designs, and a range of sizes—including family-sized blankets!

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5. Serena & Lily

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | OEKO-TEX certified, ethically made in Turkey
Materials | Cotton
Price | $58–$78

Oh, you wanted a round beach towel? We’ve got one in mind from Serena & Lily! In addition to European-inspired beach blankets, this brand carries plush round towels, too—all from OEKO-TEX certified Turkish Aegean cotton. You can even purchase a full set of four for the whole family. Stylish, sustainable, and so perfect for any beach outing.

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6. The Little Market

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Nonprofit social enterprise, ethically made by artisans, fair wages, gives back
Materials | Cotton & eco-conscious dyes
Price | $60

The Little Market employs women artisans from around the globe offering fair and sustainable wages and long-lasting impact. This line of lightweight fringe towels—offered in 11 stripe patterns—are handwoven on traditional wooden looms in India, preserving generational traditions. The towels are multi-use, too, from a picnic to the pier!

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Based In | Australia
Ethics | Ethically made in Portugal, GOTS & OEKO-TEX certified cotton, eco-dyes
Materials | Organic cotton & eco-dyes
Price | $110

BAINA’s checkered pool towels are as fashion-forward as they are functional. All of BAINA’s goods are responsibly produced in Portuguese mills touting a number of ethical and sustainable certifications, making these organic beach towels well worth the investment. International delivery from Australia is available.


8. Boma Towels

Based In | UK
Ethics | Ethically made in Turkey, carbon-neutral factory, recycled & sustainable materials
Materials | Recycled textiles & cotton
Price | £35

Boma Towels is a UK brand hoping to add a little bit more warmth to your beach days. These sustainable beach blankets are made with recycled textiles and unbleached cotton and set in two distinct patterns (herringbone and cove). The blanket is quick-drying, sand-resistant, and compact—aka a must-have to throw into your bag on your way to Brighton! Boma offers free shipping on UK orders, too, with global delivery options.

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9. West Elm

Based In | New York, USA
Ethics | GOTS certified organic, ethically made in Turkey
Materials | Organic cotton
Price | $29.50–$39.50

For affordable and sustainable beach towels, consider West Elm’s Turkish-inspired collection. The brand partners with ethical factories for production, and these designs include fringed edges, minimalist lines, and modern summery colors like yellow, seagrass blue, and copper (swoon). Healthy for your home and the planet, West Elm’s blankets bring the beach vibes to wherever you are—no sand required!

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10. Anaskela

Based In | Greece
Ethics | Recycled & sustainable materials, beach clean-ups
Materials | Recycled plastic bottles & yarn
Price | €41,95–€87,95

Anaskela’s dreamy Greece-inspired towels are crafted specifically with your next vacation in mind. These blankets are manufactured using recycled plastic bottles for a compact, absorbent, and quick-drying finish. What we love most is this brand commitment to the planet—Anaskela hosts regular beach clean-ups to collect trash destined for oceans. For our UK readers, snag a towel with free shipping! Delivery across Europe and to the United States is also available.

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11. Plunge Towels

Based In | California, USA
Ethics | Made in the USA, designed by emerging artists
Materials | Cotton
Price | $80

Plunge Towels has teamed up with emerging artists like Tyler Cross, Rachel Kaye, and Tate Kim for eclectic and whimsical beach blanket designs that are truly unique. These 100 percent cotton towels are woven in the USA and sold in limited edition batches, so art lovers and beachgoers alike can enjoy. Get them before they’re gone!

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Featured image from BAINA

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