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Pack Your Summer Bag with these Essential Items

New Pioneer Food Co-op May 4 Category: Featured Products


With warmer weather and last weekend’s kickoff to summer festivities, spring fever is finally behind us. 

As you venture outdoors this spring and summer don’t forget to pack all of the essentials to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

Check out our favorites below:

6 Brands We Love for Summer


Badger Sunscreen

Made from just a handful of ingredients - Badger Sunscreen has all the protection you need without the ingredients you don’t. Badger sunscreens are top rated sunscreens by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) for safe ingredients and sun protection. For the low waste consumer, check out Badger’s reef friendly, SPF 40 sunscreen cream in a reusable metal tin. 

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Badger Aloe

We also love Badger’s Fair-trade certified Aloe Vera Gel made with 96% pure organic aloe juice - one of nature’s best natural moisturizers. It’s easy to apply with no sticky residue and cools and soothes skin after sun exposure. All ingredients are sourced from plants and are contained in a recyclable bottle.

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Eco Lips Mongo Kiss Lip Balms

Made right here in the Corridor these Mongo lip balms are both eco conscious (from ingredient sourcing to production) and ultra-hydrating in a variety of fun flavors. Mongo Kiss lip balms feature certified organic ingredients and Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa butter infused with Mongongo Oil, a nutrient rich oil harvested by rural women in Africa. Mongongo Oil is high in Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and other nutrients perfect for nourishing & hydrating skin.

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Bug Soother

We love Bug Soother as a natural alternative bug repellent that keeps mosquitos, gnats, no-see-ums and more far away. Made with essential oils, this kid-friendly/pet-friendly spray is deet-free and has a vanilla scent. Made in Marion, Iowa.


Klean Kanteen

This earth-conscious brand is a great option for on-the-go adventurers who want to stay hydrated. Now with new seasonal colors, Klean Kanteen insulated bottles can keep your iced or hot beverages climate-controlled for hours. Available with a variety of cap options that you can flip, clip or twist. Klean Kanteen is a certified B corporation, Climate Neutral certified and a 1% for the Planet Member.

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Stasher or Full Circle Reusable Snack Bags

If you have kiddos or just need some snacks when you’re out and about, Stasher reusable silicone bags & Full Circle snack bags are great options for holding all types of food. Their durable make-up and seal can handle being tossed around and won’t break open in your bag. Dishwasher and freezer safe, these bags make a great eco-friendly choice for everyday use. 

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New Pioneer Food Co-op About the Author

New Pioneer Food Co-op

New Pi is a food co-operative, owned by over 35,000 members, home-grown in Iowa. We welcome everyone to our store, regardless of membership, and focus on local and sustainable food solutions. New Pi has strong roots in Iowa City’s local food community, and continues to partner with local growers, food, and sustainability organizations to enrich Linn and Johnson County communities.