Updated: Nov 17
As Summer approaches and our days get filled with making memories it's easy to go about our days without much consideration of anything else. In a time of increased outdoor activities, travel, and consumption of energy, water, and resources, sustainability may not be our first thought. However, it is important to be mindful of the overall impact on the environment and take steps to reduce our carbon footprint.
6 Tips to be more sustainable this Summer
1. Reduce Energy Consumption: As temperatures rise during the summer months, people use more energy to keep their homes cool. You can commit to sustainable practices by turning off lights, unplugging electronics when not in use, and keeping you AC at a reasonable level.
2. Conserve Water: Water is a precious resource, and it's especially important to conserve it during the hot summer months. Maintain summer sustainability by fixing leaky faucets, taking shorter showers, and watering your lawn and garden in the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation.
3. Reduce Waste: Summer is a time of barbecues, picnics, and outdoor activities, which often generate a lot of waste. Reduce your waste by using reusable plates, cups, and utensils, bringing your own reusable water bottles, bags, and composting food scraps.
4. Use Sustainable Transportation: Summer is a great time to get outside and explore but driving alone in a car can have a significant impact on the environment. Consider using sustainable transportation options such as walking, biking, or taking public transportation.
5.Support Local Farmers: Eating locally grown fruits and vegetables is not only healthy but also supports sustainable agriculture practices. Visit your local farmers' market to buy fresh, locally grown produce and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation and refrigeration of imported produce.
6. Choosing Sunscreen: Traditional sunscreens contain chemicals that can be harmful to coral reefs and marine organisms. Sustainable sunscreens, on the other hand, use mineral-based ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that do not harm the ocean. These sunscreens also typically come in eco-friendly packaging and may be cruelty-free and vegan. When choosing a sustainable sunscreen, look for products that are labelled as "reef-safe," "ocean-safe," or "biodegradable." It's important to protect our skin from the harmful effects of the sun, but we can also do so in a way that is responsible and sustainable.
By incorporating these simple practices into our summer routines, we can contribute to a healthier and more sustainable planet for all of us to enjoy. Simple sustainability is possible. Anytime you make a good choice it matters- So feel good about any small efforts!
It's important to take time to unwind and recharge, and summer provides the perfect opportunity to do so. So go out there and have fun this summer!