Summer is a time of fun in the sun and gathering with family and friends. Here are some tips to help make your summer a little more sustainable.
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, that lakes and oceans can be polluted by chemical-based sunscreens when you go swimming or it can enter our water systems when we wash them off in the shower? Ew!
- Composting for your large gathering. My neighborhood had a TON of block parties in the summer and there is always a TON of trash and leftover food. Help keep it out of the landfill by hiring a composting service for your event.
- 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 backyard gathering instead of disposables. I bet your friends will help you wash dishes if you ask. :)
- Set up and mark bins for recycling, composting, and trash outside at your gathering. Then your friends can dispose of their items properly
- 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.