Summer is a time of fun in the sun and gathering with family and friends - with proper social distancing and adhering to state mandates, of course.
We know this summer will be different since many of our usual activities won’t be happening. But we want to make the most of it by spending time outside, having small gatherings when we can and trying new things, like maybe camping.
In the spirit of trying new things we’ve created a list of summer sustainable tips for you. Our goal is to switch to mineral-based sunscreen (we’re still undecided on that camping idea).
- Use natural mineral-based sunscreen to protect yourself and the environment. Most natural sunscreens use ingredients from plants to coat the skin and reflect UV rays. They are made of minerals like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, not chemicals. Did you know, lakes and oceans can be polluted by chemical based sunscreens when you go swimming or it can enter our water systems when we wash it off in the shower? Ew!
- Going camping or having a picnic in the park, leave your destination better than you found it - clean up and dispose of everything you brought in properly. Check out the 7 principles of Leave No Trace to learn more.
- Get grillin’ with propane, it’s cleaner than wood or charcoal briquettes. If you can’t give up charcoal, get hardwood lump charcoal, a natural product that doesn’t contain coal, chemicals, or other additives.
- Use real tableware or compostable tableware for your socially distanced backyard gathering instead of disposables.
- Set up and mark bins for recycling, composting, and trash outside at your gathering. Then your friends can dispose of their items properly. This helps the environment and social distancing!
- Save energy by keeping your blinds closed on hot days to reduce your AC use, especially on south facing windows. Or if you aren’t going to be home set your thermostat to a higher temp to reduce AC and energy use too.