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Coolibar is the First Apparel Company to Use BluePel Plastic Packaging

At Coolibar we’re keenly aware how our choices, even in what and how we buy, can affect our water, air and soil. That’s why Coolibar is proud to be the first apparel company to deliver its products in biodegradable plastic (“poly”) bags. To put it simply, we’re making sure the apparel that helps you lead a healthy, sunny life is packaged to help preserve our planet Earth.

Eco-OneTM Technology: Why Do We Use It?

For many, many years, apparel purchases have arrived wrapped in plastic. It lets you know the item has been protected during shipment, and helps you feel good about your purchase. But that plastic is not a natural substance, and it isn’t biodegradable; it ends up in our landfills, where it can stay for hundreds if not thousands of years. Tremendous amounts of plastic and other non-biodegradable materials float in our oceans, too.

But the plastic bag protecting your Coolibar item contains Eco-One, a lab-tested organic additive from BluePel. Eco-One induces the biodegradation of plastics when they reach biologically active landfills. ISO 15985 tests that represent biologically active landfills have been conducted on representative products. Even better, the Eco-One additive itself is 100% organic. It’s comprised of non-toxic raw materials which have even been independently approved for direct contact with food.

So you don’t have to feel guilty about tossing that Coolibar poly bag; the additive breaks it down into organic materials that blend right back into the natural environment.

Our packaging with BluePel Eco-One technology is just one way that Coolibar strives to make your choices in sun protective clothing better and easier.

Because at Coolibar we strive to promote healthy, sunny living. And as Earth Day reminds us, that can only be possible if we maintain a healthy planet Earth.

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Pretty for Prom? Tanning Isn’t Part of the Routine Anymore

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It’s prom season again, which means thousands of teens – girls and boys – flock to their local indoor tanning salons in search of a healthy glow for the big night out. But before they do, the Skin Cancer Foundation has some information for you about tanning for the prom.

Teens tend to be concerned about young-looking skin, and the SCF points out that 90% of changes to the skin that most people associate with aging are caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Tanning leads to wrinkles, spots and an aged look early in life; they can start to appear even before the indoor tanner turns 30.

This doesn’t even touch on the dangers of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. Here are just a few, from SunAWARE:

  • Exposure to tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75%.
  • More than one million people visit tanning salons every day. Of these, approximately 71% are girls and young women aged 16-29.
  • Young women, under the age of 39, have a higher probability of developing melanoma than any other cancer except breast cancer.
  • Ninety percent of pediatric melanoma cases occur in girls aged 10-19.

What Can You Do Instead?

Through its Go With Your Own GlowTM campaign, the Skin Cancer Foundation promotes skipping the tan altogether – the best look for the prom, or any other time, is your own natural skin color. In case the allure of tan skin is still too great from prom-goers, the foundation also suggests sunless, or UV-free, tanners.

And, if you or someone you know is planning on bronzing up for prom courtesy of an indoor tanning booth, Coolibar has a book for you. Pretty Prom – Your Skin is Pretty Too by Mary Mills Barrow and Maryellen Maguire-Eisen provides a short, convincing account of what’s at stake in exchange for looking tan on prom night.

Coolibar offers Pretty Prom courtesy of SunAWARE. Stay safe, and Stay SunAware!

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It’s Time for the Masters Tournament. Are You Sun Protected?

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Masters Tournament weekend is coming up, and for golfers it’s the unofficial start of the US golf season. Which gets us thinking: golf and sun protection go together. Wouldn’t it be great if you could order clothing that protected you from the sun and kept you cool out on the links?

If you had to ask, there’s something you should know. Coolibar has UPF 50+ golf collections for men and women.

Take a look at our ZnO Tropical Weight Polos and V-Neck Tees, for example, as garments that are ideal for golf: they keep you cool as well as sun protected. Here, zinc oxide particles are embedded into every fiber of the fabric before it is woven into a garment. So It’s guaranteed to block 98% of UVA and UVB rays, without being dense or heavy.

Best of all, this works for everyone whether you’re a scratch golfer or (like us) you play your best golf vicariously through someone on TV. Either way, let’s get ready for an exciting Masters Tournament – and a great season of golf!

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Coolibar, American Cancer Society Lobby at Capitol for Teen Indoor Tanning Ban

Minnesota State Capitol

As state legislators across the US consider bills that would regulate or ban the use of indoor tanning beds by minors, Coolibar recently attended Tan-Free Teens Day in support of the Minnesota Skin Cancer Prevention Act (SF 1901) at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The lobbying effort was part of a national initiative spearheaded by the American Cancer Society – Cancer Action Network (ACS-CAN), the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization.

Loren Adams, Coolibar: Sen. Ron Latz, DFL MN Dist 46

Volunteers from the Twin Cities and outstate communities gathered March 5 for a breakfast presentation where ACS-CAN staff from Minnesota and Washington, DC outlined the provisions of the bill and the legislative process. In the afternoon, staff and volunteers visited with Minnesota state senators and representatives at the Capitol, educCoolibar at Tan Free Teens Dayating and advocating for passage of SF 1901.

According to ACS-CAN, more than 100 volunteers had personal conversations with some 150 lawmakers, or 75% of those voting on the bill. The same day, the bill was debated in the Minnesota Senate Health Committee, where it passed easily.

Deb Thoman, MD - ACS
Rebecca Thoman, MD & Friend


The bill has since passed through the Minnesota House and an additional hearing in the Senate. It will likely be bundled with other healthcare-related bills and then voted on by the entire Senate, according to Rebecca Thoman, M.D. of the American Cancer Society.

Who is Considering Measures for Tan-Free Teens?

All of this takes place as two states recently passed legislation restricting indoor tanning for minors. At least five other states are considering similar bills in their legislatures:

  • Hawaii – Law would prohibit tanning bed use by anyone under 18
  • Louisiana – Law would prohibit tanning bed use by anyone under 17
  • Missouri – Law would prohibit tanning bed use by anyone under 17
  • Pennsylvania – Law would prohibit tanning bed use by anyone under 16
  • Nebraska – Law would prohibit tanning bed use by anyone under 16

The following U.S. states currently ban indoor tanning for minors:

  • Indiana – Just passed a law banning the use of tanning beds for those 16 & under
  • Washington – Just passed a law banning the use of tanning beds for those 17 & under
  • California – bans tanning bed use for anyone under 18
  • Illinois – bans tanning bed use for anyone under 18
  • Nevada – bans tanning bed use for anyone under 18
  • Texas – bans tanning bed use for anyone under 18
  • Oregon – bans tanning bed use for anyone under 18
  • Connecticut – bans tanning bed use for those under 17
  • New Jersey – bans tanning bed use for those under 17
  • Vermont – bans tanning bed use for those under 17
  • Wisconsin – bans tanning bed use for those under 16

Why Support the Ban?

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the the World Health Organization (WHO), “Policymakers should consider enacting measures, such as prohibiting minors and discouraging young adults from using indoor tanning facilities, to protect the general population from possible additional risk for melanoma.” And the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that people who begin tanning before age 35 have a 59% higher risk of developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

In 2009, the WHO issued a warning that labeled ultraviolet rays from tanning beds a Class 1 carcinogen. Shortly afterward, Brazil became the first country to ban the use of indoor tanning equipment altogether. It is widely banned for anyone under 18 across Europe and in parts of Canada; about 15 other US states have some form of restriction, such as a parental consent requirement, for teens using indoor tanning equipment.

For information on cancer lobbying efforts in your state visit the events page at ACS-CAN.

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Tough Life: Our Summer 2014 Photo Shoot

Coolibar Summer Catalog 2014 Photo Shoot

We work hard here at Coolibar. So just in case you should think life here is all water, sun, models and Coolibar clothing…well, okay, it is sometimes.

Here are some candid photos of us – working very hard! – from our recent shoot in Islamorada, Florida. If you look closely you’ll catch a glimpse of some of our new UPF 50+ apparel for summer 2014!

Look for your Coolibar summer catalog in your mailbox starting March 31! Coolibar catalogs may arrive anytime during April, May or June. New summer items will also appear continually on our website at

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9 Essential Items for a Fabulous (But Super Sun Safe) Spring Break

It used to be that when some of us went on spring break, getting lots of sun was the point. Or part of the point, sort of; but we digress.

Now, taking into account all that science says about wrinkles and melanoma and such, this is our best advice: Let’s be sensible. But while we’re at it, let’s also still be fabulous!

Here is our list of essential UPF 50+ sun protective Coolibar items to take with you on your sun safe spring break:


Quarter Zip Swim Shirt. If you hadn’t considered a top like this for actual swimming, go right ahead. Fabric is resistant to chlorine (for the pool) and saltwater (for the ocean) and dries quickly (for any body of water). On land, it just looks awesome.

Skirted Swim Capri. Protects against UVA and UVB. Stays comfortable in and out of water. Catches lots of eyes. Yup…this is new-school spring break gear all right.

Swim Cover Up

Coastline Dress. The beauty of this dress – besides the fact that it’s, you know, beautiful – is that you can keep wearing it long after you’ve used it as a swim cover up. You don’t even need to be near the water.


ZnO Beach Pants. Another thing we’ve learned while planning for spring break: wearing your swimsuit for an entire week isn’t as easy as you think. Hence these beach pants – as comfy as your sweat pants but much, much prettier.


Boardwalk Jacket. Why this jacket? Because you always look cool, casual and composed. Even on spring break – the official home of spontaneous hot-and-cold adventure.

Sun Hat

Fedora Sun Hat. We just love this hat. You do, too. So take it along.


ZnO Long-Sleeve T-Shirt. It’s like a regular t-shirt, only it’s cut for your figure. And it’s softer. And more breathable. And it coordinates better. It’s like your best friend, if your best friend also protected you from the sun.


Smith Serpico Slim. Seriously. How do you go on any spring break without at least one item named “Serpico Slim?” Plus these Smith Optics sunglasses block 100% of UV rays.


Antigua TunicNo, you don’t have to be on break in Antigua to pull this off. In fact, it fits in (and on) pretty much anywhere.

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Coolibar Prepares for AAD Annual Meeting in Denver

We’re packing our bags, and our booth! The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is holding its 72nd Annual Meeting March 21 – 25 in Denver, Colorado. We’ll be there. Will you?

We know we’ll be in good company. Coolibar is one of more than 400 exhibitors this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing you.

There are also dozens of events and scientific sessions on dermatology and related topics at the convention center and the Hyatt Regency Denver.

You can find Coolibar at Booth #716 in the exhibit hall at the Colorado Convention Center – stop in and say hi. While you’re there, we’ll be happy to show you our latest sun protective clothing products!

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Today is World Tennis Day – Get Out and Play

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Today, March 3rd, 2014, is World Tennis Day. It is an annual celebration of tennis around the world, and invites people of all ages to get involved in the sport of tennis. According to the International Tennis Federation, 74 countries are involved in World Tennis Day, and the vast majority are hosting events. The centerpieces for World Tennis Day are showdown exhibition matches featuring some of the world’s top tennis pros in New York, Hong Kong and London.

Monday night, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is hosting Tennis Night in America featuring the BNP Paribas Showdown, an exhibition match between world-class tennis pros Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The event takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

World Tennis Day is also the kickoff for USTA Tennis Youth Play Events to encourage family and youth tennis participation. Throughout March, tennis clubs get extra support for hosting youth tennis events including up to $150 in marketing money for first-time events. Find activities planned in your area by visiting  or the USTA’s youth tennis event finder.

The Latest Trend: UPF 50+ Clothing

Whether you are a player on the court or a fan at the court, Coolibar can keep you sun safe with our fashion-forward UPF 50+ protective sun hats and clothing.

Here are a few Coolibar “must-haves” for protection on the courts.


The Super Sport Hat, with its 3 3/4″ brim and removable drape, is indispensible. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, and the longer brim gives you more protection than most sport caps. The extra length provides additional protection for your eyes and face on those high serve tosses and lob shots.


You should keep a choice on hand – cotton  blend is great for cooler days and lighter matches, while polyester is more moisture wicking for humidity and more strenuous activity.

For women:

ZnO Tropical Weight Quarter Zip

Quarter Zip Long Sleeve Fitness Pullover

For men:

ZnO Tropical Weight Quarter Zip

– Quarter Zip Short Sleeve Fitness Pullover


For Kids

Coolibar also provides ideal sun protective tennis wear for kids. Note: these items are available for boys and girls.

All Sport Hat

ZnO Tropical Weight Long Sleeve Shirt

Off the court: keep a Packable Sunblock Jacket with you to keep covered as you cheer on your favorite player, whether at Madison Square Garden, or at your local youth tournament.

Tennis players and fans – stay fashion forward and sun safe and we’ll see you at the courts!

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Valentine’s Day and What it Means for You

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Of all the legends surrounding the origins of Valentine’s Day, we at Coolibar like this one the best:

There lived a priest named Saint Valentine who so believed in love that he performed forbidden marriages for soldiers under Roman emperor Claudius II. The emperor was not happy about this, and threw the priest in jail. The saintly priest fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, Julia, who was blind; through a miracle, he restored her sight. Just before being executed he wrote Julia a letter and signed it, “from your Valentine.”

It’s also said that after Saint Valentine’s February 14 burial in Rome, Julia herself planted an almond tree with pinkish nectarine-colored blossoms near his resting place.

While it’s never been proven that this story was the inspiration behind the water jacket above, we are inspired to offer a 14 percent discount on our regularly priced merchandise. Just add regularly priced Coolibar sun protective clothing items to your bag online, and enter the code VDAY 14. This discount is in addition to our limited time free shipping, no minimum offer. It’s a Valentine’s Day deal we hope you’ll love. Expires midnight February 14, 2014.

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Coolibar and PRI Celebrate 10 Years

Coolibar and Partnership Resources, Inc. (PRI) recently celebrated 10 years of doing business together! PRI forms partnerships with Twin Cities area businesses, arranging jobs for its more than 230 clients with developmental disabilities. These workers help Coolibar by sorting, steam cleaning and repackaging returned items. Between four and 10 PRI clients work at Coolibar daily.PRI group

The 10-year partnership was marked with a luncheon provided by PRI and held at the Coolibar St. Louis Park, MN headquarters. The event was featured this week in the local Sun Sailor newspaper, which you can read here.

Coolibar is proud of our 10 years with Partnership Resources, Inc!

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