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
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
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,
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.