10 Easy Ways to Make Your Summer

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Summer Eco-Friendly

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, soak up the sun, and spend time with loved ones!

But as we indulge in the season's pleasures, it's important to remember that our actions can have a significant impact on the environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy and fun ways to make your summer eco-friendly. 

Whether you're planning a family vacation, hosting a backyard BBQ, or simply spending time in your garden, these 10 green summer tips will help you reduce your environmental footprint without sacrificing any of the fun.

10 Simple Ways to Stay Green This Summer 

Staying green this summer is much easier than you think! Check out our favorite ten ways to be mindful of our planet while we enjoy the beautiful summer weather. 

1. Use Green Sun Protection

Protecting our skin from the sun's harsh rays is extremely important for our health. But did you know that a lot of popular sunscreens contain harmful chemicals for the environment?

When spending time in the sun, protect your skin and the environment by choosing eco-friendly sunscreens that are free of harmful chemicals. Look for products that use natural, biodegradable ingredients and avoid those that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can damage coral reefs.

2. Reduce Water Waste

The days of running through a sprinkler may not be the best to repeat if you're looking for more sustainable summer practices. This season means more outdoor activities, which can lead to higher water usage. 

Be mindful of water waste by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers, and using a pool cover to reduce evaporation. You can also collect rainwater to water your plants and garden if you happen to live in an area that has rain during the summer. By following these steps when you can, you'll help to both conserve water and reduce water waste. 

3. Ditch Disposables

So long, throw-aways! Although they're convenient, single-use plastics are a major contributor to pollution, so opt for reusable alternatives when it comes to picnics, BBQs, and outdoor events. 

Bring your own reusable utensils, plates, and cups, and say no to straws. You can even make your own DIY beeswax wraps to wrap up your food instead of using plastic wrap.

4. Choose Local and Seasonal Produce

Choosing locally grown, seasonal produce not only supports local farmers, but also reduces the carbon footprint of transportation. Visit your local farmers' market or join a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program to get fresh, sustainable produce.

5. Go Electric

If you're planning a road trip or renting a car, consider renting an electric or hybrid vehicle. These eco-friendly options emit fewer greenhouse gases and can save you money on gas. 

6. Practice Energy Efficiency

We get it, the summer can get unbearable for some folks in the hotter regions of the country. During the summer months, air conditioning can be a necessity. However, it can also be a major energy drain. 

We recommend trying these easier steps before cranking the AC. Keep your home cool by closing blinds and curtains during the day, using fans instead of AC, and installing a programmable thermostat. If you're able to, installing a house fan also does wonders to get your homestead cooler for less cost! 

7. Stay Hydrated with a Reusable Water Bottle 

This one's a bit obvious but if you haven't already, get a reusable water bottle! There are many options for this sustainable practice, including cooling tumblers to keep any type of liquid cold during the hot summer months. Plus, it's a great way to save money and avoid buying plastic water bottles.

8. Choose Eco-Friendly Transportation

Take advantage of summer weather and choose eco-friendly transportation options like biking, walking, or using public transportation. Not only is it better for the environment, but it's also a fun way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

9. Host Green BBQs

Hosting a BBQ this summer? Make it green by using eco-friendly charcoal or propane grills, composting food scraps, and avoiding disposable tableware. You can even make your own natural bug repellent to keep pesky insects away.

10. Plan Eco-Friendly Vacations

When planning your summer vacation, look for eco-friendly accommodations that prioritize sustainability. This can include hotels and resorts that have implemented green practices like using renewable energy sources, reducing water waste, and using non-toxic cleaning products. 

You can also choose eco-tourism activities like hiking or wildlife watching to support conservation efforts.

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Stay Green This Summer with ecoATM

By following these 10 green summer tips, you can reduce your environmental footprint and enjoy a fun-filled summer with your loved ones. Remember, small actions can make a big impact, so let's all do our part to protect the planet. You can also do your part by visiting your local ecoATM to sell and recycle your used devices. 

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