Sunny and stylish days ahead

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Hiking, swimming, camping, beach volleyball -- the last thing you want is a sunburn to ruin all your summer fun. A broad-spectrum SPF lotion is an admirable beginning, but can't protect you fully against UV rays. Adding some simple cover-ups can spare your skins unforeseen damage. Small, easily tote-able items like sunglasses and hats stand to protect your delicate eyes, face and scalp from sunburn. Thankfully, there are many sustainable options on the market that can keep you both safe and stylish.

Swank Shades
Without a lotion on the market to protect our sensitive eyes from solar rays, sunglasses are the best protection available. If you are in the market for some new shades this season, iWood is the most widely-known sustainable sunglasses maker. Made in the USA from easily renewable, exotic woods, iWood's styles are all made in limited numbers, further helping to preserve natural resources.

Don't worry - these are high quality, so you won't have to worry about getting splinters. Fully adjustable and made with Italian 100% UVA/UVB protected lenses, there are 25 designs to choose from. For the bejeweled shoppers, there are four specific styles which feature Swarovski Crystals. $350 to $425 USD.

When selecting a pair make sure that fashion meets function. Look for 400 mn label, which means 100 percent UV absorption.

Haute Headwear
If you wear only one piece of protective clothing, it should be a hat to cover your nose, face, scalp, eyes and ears -- all areas that burn quickly. Hats are one of the most versatile fashion items and whether you prefer visors, buckets, caps, or wide-brims, there are plenty of eco-options that await you.

While visors won't cover the often-forgotten scalp, they do a great job at shading your peepers from the sun's rays. Prana makes a great, adjustable Raffia Straw Visor, available in three different colors, $20 USD. For something softer and more colorful, Ekologic's Visors are made from 100% recycled cotton polo shirts, $44 USD.

Bucket hats have been reinvented thanks to two styles from Ekologic: the Bobbi, $58 USD, and the Bucket, $56 USD, are both made from 100% recycled cotton t-shirts. Made in India, People Tree newly offers a 100% organic cotton jersey sun hat for women, for $36 USD.

Rawganique offers a classic baseball cap made from certified organic hemp, $18 CDN. Prana also offers the cap with a sustainable twist; made from jute, raffia straw, and hemp, $22 to $26 USD.

Known worldwide by some of the most well-known travelers, Canadian-made Tilley Endurables hats are beyond long-lasting, especially now that they offer a line made from hemp. Guaranteed for life, insured against loss, float-able, repels rain, and won't shrink are just some of the many benefits this company offers. At $75 CDN each, a donation is made to Street Kids International for each of the three different styles of hemp hats.

by Victoria Everman, freelance writer, model, on-camera personality and founder of the San Francisco Craft Mafia.