Do you ever find yourself really taking in the great outdoors, breathing the summer air deeply and appreciating all that nature has to offer? Us too, particularly in the warm months of summer. The more we get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful flowers, happy sunshine and fresh soil, the more we feel the need to protect it.
It may sometimes feel like an overwhelming problem to bear, but the degradation of our land and oceans is a very real problem that can be improved upon each and every day by making small daily changes. Simply being cognizant of your environmental impact can lead to positive change; if you’re already thinking about it, you’re halfway there! But what else can you do to green your summer?
Shop the farmers’ market
Local, in-season produce is always the way to go – both for the environment, and for your taste buds! Summer is a great time for berries, corn, and a variety of other fruits and veggies provided by local farms. Cut down on the miles your food travels while supporting local business with a weekly visit to the farmers’ market closest to you.
Go reusable at BBQs
Barbeques and outdoor parties are one of the highlights of summer, but oftentimes come with piles of throw-away silverware, dishes, and napkins. Dishes are certainly a hassle, but committing to changing just one of these aspects to reusable – say, using reusable napkins and throwing them in the washing machine afterwards – can seriously reduce the trash created from your fun backyard gathering.
Avoid toxic sprays
Of course, wearing sunscreen and bug spray are a huge, vital part of enjoying the great outdoors in the summer. Some are better than others, however. Sunscreens made with harsh chemicals are tough on your skin and end up in the water when you cool off and take a dip. Bug spray with DEET is effective, but using a lot of it sprays into the air and can be toxic to plants and other wildlife. Look for natural protective sprays for a healthier option.
Befriend your windows
Whether in the car or in your home, utilize your windows as a first option for cooling you down. Opening these up can let in a beautiful breeze – perfect for sleeping – or shutting them during the day and closing your curtains can keep your house cool the natural way. Driving is the same; use less fuel and drive with the windows open rather than blasting the AC.
Declare your technology independence
Not only is unplugging great for your mental health and spending time with those you love, it can also save energy! Unplug your appliances, television, computer, and other gadgets when they aren’t in use… and use them sparingly! Beautiful weather isn’t around all the time, and it’s worth taking advantage of the days that it’s here.
Purify the natural way
Rather than turning on an air purifier or humidifier, add some indoor plants to your home or office. Not only will it keep you feeling happier, these plants help clear the air of toxins and allergens. Save energy – and brighten your day – by adding some beautiful plants to your life.
How do you stay green in the summer? We’d love to hear your ideas!
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