When we think about summer, we usually imagine things like beach trips, warm days, vacation, and family BBQs. Some of these classic summer activities aren’t exactly environmentally friendly, but we can make a few simple changes to make sure we are having a sustainable summer!
Take a family beach bag for example. What do you imagine? Probably the contents of a typical beach bag -- complete with water, sunscreen, toys, fruit, etc. But in this one area alone, there are already a handful of opportunities to make sustainable choices. From plastic water bottles to sunscreen spray, there are better alternatives that can reduce the environmental impact of our summer beach days.
Opportunities for Sustainable Choices
Reef safe sunscreen!
Sunscreen is a necessary summer item -- but many sunscreen options are full of ingredients that can be harmful to our oceans and rivers. Choose a “reef safe” sunscreen with natural ingredients to avoid harming our marine life!
Reusable water bottles.
Make sure to stay hydrated during the summer months, but do so without creating excess waste. Always have your reusable water bottle with you to avoid buying the harmful plastic alternatives!
Summer is the perfect time for vacations, and many of us will be taking some sort of trip this season. If you have the ability to choose a train rather than a plane, you will be reducing your carbon emissions! If you are driving to your getaway spot, carpool with friends and family if possible.
Take advantage of the extra sun rays and line dry your laundry! Line drying conserves energy and increases the longevity of your clothing as well.
Summer BBQ’s don’t have to mean traditional hot dogs and hamburgers -- you can choose meatless options and decrease your carbon footprint! Reducing the amount of meat you eat this season will contribute to a more sustainable summer.
Seasonal fruits and veggies.
Choose local fruits and vegetables that are in season to avoid the environmental costs of shipping produce from around the world. You can find a great variety of fresh fruits and veggies at your local farmers market, and you will be supporting local businesses at the same time!
Challenge: Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July is a global movement that encourages people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Check out their website for ideas and resources to help reduce the amount of plastic we use in our daily lives!
This challenge a great way to jump start your sustainable summer!
Having a sustainable summer means we can still enjoy all of our classic summer activities, but we can be conscious of our environment while doing so!
Our Planet Thanks You,