Small Ways You Can Help Save the Planet this Summer

Summer is full of beach days, cocktails, and perfect tans. In the summer heat, it’s easy to forget how your day-to-day activities could be negatively impacting the environment. So, before you rush to buy a new summer wardrobe, take a moment to think about what effects your actions are having on the planet. 

Becoming eco-friendly during the summer is easier than you think. Adapting your lifestyle slightly can reduce waste, prevent harmful emissions, and help to save wildlife. 

For all the talk about the planet’s wellbeing, it’s tricky to know what you can do to help. Following these simple steps this summer is a great place to start. 

Reuse your clothes 

Did you know, simply making those once loved jeans into a pair of cute shorts can help the environment? Reinventing preloved clothes reduces waste management issues, as many garments are left to rot on landfills. It’s not just the disposal which is harmful to the environment. The emergence of fast fashion has led to a negative impact on water pollution and contributes to toxic waste. So, next time you find yourselves trekking around the shopping centre looking for a cute pair of shorts for the summer, think about whether those jeans you’re considering throwing away could be upcycled. 

Ditch the car 

Summer invites rising temperatures, longer days, and blue skies. When the sun is shining, why not keep the car at home and walk? Not only does walking help lower harmful emissions entering the atmosphere, but may also help you achieve that summer body you’ve been envisioning. 

Get yourself a water bottle 

You might have noticed an emphasis in recent news reports that plastic is destructing our planet. It’s estimated that the production of common plastic products can reach up to five trillion units per year. Shockingly, only one percent of plastic gets recycled per year. The rest either decays on landfills or is pumped into the oceans. It is now estimated that there are 300 million tonnes of plastic in the sea. To help conquer the plastic problem, investing in a reusable water bottle is ideal. A couple of favourites of mine include Chilly’s bottles (£25) and S’well bottles (£18-£42,$40USD). Reusable water bottles can also be found in the majority of high street stores. 

(Chilly’s Bottles | Instagram)

Take shorter showers 

Summer means warmer weather, resulting in many opting to take more than one shower a day. If this is the case for you: try taking shorter showers. You won’t only be saving the planet, but you’ll also be saving on your water bill. 

Use eco-friendly summer products 

Take the opportunity this summer to try out some eco-friendly products. From sun cream to beach bags, there is an abundance of alternatives to choose from. Some products may be a bit higher up the price scale, however, there are great products available with lower price tags. Companies like Lush and The Body Shop stock eco-friendly products at affordable prices. 

Bring a packed lunch to the beach 

You may spend your beach days sun tanning, snorkelling, and attempting to get the perfect beach pictures. However, when the sun goes down, popular beaches are left full of rubbish. This can be lessened by avoiding packaged foods. Instead, why not make a couple of sandwiches and snacks to bring with you in Tupperware. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll be giving your wallet a break too. 

Participate in a beach clean 

If you find yourself near the beach, try to get involved in a beach clean-up. Picking up rubbish, working as a team, and making some new friends is a great way to spend your free time this summer. Not to mention, you’ll be helping save marine life.

Karis Nash

Lifestyle Writer

Aspiring writer and animal lover, Karis, is a 20-year-old media student from the UK. If not found indulging in a chai latte and reading Vogues latest edition, you may find Karis walking around central London with a camera in her hands. She loves to travel and wishes to discover all that the world has to offer.

  1. Thank you Karis for your advice, it’s so nice you put into words what you so believe in and I hope this makes others think and take your advice. Xx

  2. Absolutly well said, I walk to work I use a built bottle, wax wraps for lunches and eat seasonal foods when available. Small steps defiantly make big changes .
    Wish you well and may you fulfil your dreams Karis X

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