Summer Sustainability Tips
10 Ways to Cut Down Waste during
Your Outdoor Adventures
1) Pack a Waste-Free Picnic
Opt for reusable or recyclable containers, water bottles, and cutlery instead of single-use plastics when heading out for a picnic. Prepare homemade snacks and meals wrapped in reusable beeswax wraps or cloth napkins. Avoid individually packaged snacks and buy in bulk to reduce unnecessary waste. Be sure to have a plan and bring bags or containers to sort your food and recyclables after the picnic.
2) Embrace Eco-Friendly Beach Days
Beach days are the epitome of summer bliss but can lead to increase waste pollution. Before leaving for the beach:
A: Bring along a large tote bag to collect your trash and recyclables.
B: Pack a reusable water bottle, a durable cooler filled with snacks, and reusable beach towels.
C: Ditch the disposable straws and choose metal or silicone alternatives.
D: Bring reusable bags to sort empties, food scraps, and more.
3. Choose Reef-Safe Sunscreens
Sunscreen is vital for protecting our skin, but certain chemical ingredients in some sunscreens can harm coral reefs and marine life. Opt for reef-safe sunscreens that are free from oxybenzone and octinoxate. These products are safer for the environment and can help preserve our precious marine ecosystems.
4. Pack Light and Smart for Camping
When camping, pack smart. Choose reusable or recyclable beverage containers, and bring a separate bag or bin to collect them. Opt for reusable plates, cups, and bamboo or stainless steel utensils. Use washable food storage containers instead of disposable ones, and bring biodegradable soap for cleaning. Always leave the campsite as you found it, pick up all litter, and separate waste for proper disposal or recycling.
5. Go Digital with Entertainment
If you plan to unwind with a good book, consider using e-books or audiobooks instead of purchasing physical copies. Similarly, download their digital versions on your devices instead of carrying stacks of magazines or newspapers to read at the beach or during camping trips.
6. Create DIY Natural Bug Repellent
Summer means bugs and mosquitoes, but you don’t need harmful chemical sprays to keep them away. Create your natural bug repellent using essential oils like citronella, eucalyptus, or lavender mixed with water. Not only will it be effective, but it’ll also be kinder to the environment and your skin.
7. Say No to Balloons and Fireworks
While balloons and fireworks may seem fun and festive, they pose significant risks to wildlife and the environment. Balloons can end up in oceans and forests, where animals may ingest them, causing harm or even death. Opt for eco-friendly alternatives like paper lanterns or eco-confetti to celebrate without harming nature.
8. Reduce Food Waste with Thoughtful Meal Planning
Whether camping or having a picnic, plan your meals wisely to minimize food waste. Create a detailed shopping list and stick to portion sizes to avoid leftovers that might go to waste. If you do have excess food, consider composting it instead of tossing it into a landfill.
9. Opt for Sustainable Transportation
Choose eco-friendly transportation options whenever possible. Carpool with friends or family to reduce emissions, and consider renting bicycles or using public transport for shorter trips. Not only will this help cut down waste, but it’ll also contribute to reducing your carbon footprint.
10. Educate and Inspire Others
Share your waste-cutting initiatives and sustainability tips with friends, family, and on social media. By raising awareness and inspiring others, you’ll contribute to a collective effort towards a more sustainable and waste-free summer for everyone.
What other tips do you have? Please share them with us!