At the end of 2017, I decided to treat myself. I bought something I’d been in love with for months and I braved the international shipping costs.
As it turned out, the shipping costs actually weren’t too bad and the item I bought was well worth the wait.
Yep. I finally bought a Sand Cloud top.
Based in the US, Sand Cloud sells towels, tops, and accessories like water bottles and donates 10% of its profits back to non-profit organisations who share their sentiment of marine conservation.
I’ve been on board with their message for a while now, featuring them on the blog last year and becoming an ambassador too. Previously I’ve been frustrated that Sand Cloud are US based, but after a hassle free transaction and brilliant customer service after I entered my address wrong (I know…), I’m confident it’s worth paying international postage to support a company with good ethics and amazing products. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do it often because I’m concerned about the carbon footprint but maybe I’ll just have to buy a few things at a time…
The top I bought from Sand Cloud was the burgundy whale tail long sleeve tee.
It’s 100% cotton, lightweight and comes in a relaxed boyfriend fit.
Screen printed in America, the design is simple and the colour is a rich, deep burgundy.
When I tried this on for the first time, I fell in love with the relaxed fit. Slightly baggy, and longer than standard tops on both the sleeves and the body, this item nails the oversized look. It’s cosy yet super stylish and reminds me of the baggy skater image.
Love love love.
Described as lightweight, the material is quite thin. If you’re wearing this in winter and feel the cold like me, I’d suggest layering it up with a strappy vest underneath.
It’s undoubtedly become one of my favourite tops – it’s the one I reach for on those cosy Sundays but it’s also perfect for strolls across the beach.
And I’m proud that part of my outfit is helping support important global organisations dedicated to protecting and preserving our marine ecosystems.
Among the organisations Sand Cloud donate their profits to are:
- the Marine Conservation Institute which uses the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world and then advocate for their protection.
- The Surfrider Foundation which focuses on issues like water quality, beach preservation, beach access, and sustaining marine ecosystems, often hosting beach cleanups around the world.
- The Pacific Marine Mammal Center which specializes in the rescue, and rehabilitation of marine mammals with staff trained to recognize animals suffering from infections, malnourishment, pneumonia, gill net strangulation, and other different illnesses.
- The San Diego Coastkeeper which restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County through research, and gathering proper data.
- Hawaii Wildlife Fund which focuses on the conservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education, and advocacy.
Since becoming an ambassador for Sand Cloud, I’ve connected with a number of like-minded people across the globe – mainly from America – but all young individuals trying to help the environment in one way or another. We’re all united by a love of the natural world, more specifically the ocean, and we share on social media news stories about plastic pollution, conservation triumphs and ideas for new products, which occasionally Sand Cloud themselves comment on.
Despite the fact that this is a US company, it’s reassuring that messages about conservation and marine protection are filtering across the world and being spread by individuals who do it purely for the love of it. We don’t get paid – our only benefits as ambassadors are product discounts so if we’re spreading the message, it’s because we believe in the brand and it’s mission – and that the products are genuinely good.
Being able to help promote an international company with conscience is immensely rewarding and I really hope a few extra people in the UK check out the Sand Cloud website as a result.
Plus, the products are INCREDIBLE.