Sustainable Summer Bucket List
The leaves and grass are green again, which means it’s the perfect time of year to focus on the green changes you want to make in your own life. This summer, we challenge you to build your own summer sustainability bucket list so that you can start introducing new eco-friendly habits into your own life.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Eat seasonally and locally.
One of the best parts of summertime is all the fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season. While you may not have the time or know-how to grow your own garden, you can still eat seasonally and locally.
Not only does eating seasonally and locally allow you to support farmers in your area, it is also great for the planet. Local food doesn’t have to travel as far to arrive on your plate, so it helps reduce carbon emissions and contributes to a better carbon footprint.
Visiting the farmer’s market in your area is a great way to support local businesses and growers. It can also help you learn which fruits and vegetables are in season at different times of the year, so that you can carry this practice throughout the whole year!
Challenge yourself to a vegetarian or vegan summer.
Vegetarianism and veganism has gained massive popularity in recent years, and has even been called the “single biggest way” to reduce our environmental impact.
The whole food production process of farm to plate totals 30% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. A vegetarian diet also requires two-and-a-half times less the amount of land needed to grow food, compared to a meat-based diet.
If you already follow a plant-based diet, this probably won’t be a challenge for you. For meat eaters, however, not eating meat for several months can seem daunting.
If you’ve considered trying a plant-based diet, the summer is a great time to dip your toes into the world of vegetarianism. There are lots of fruits and vegetables in season at this time of year, and it’s also the perfect time to experiment with different salads, bowls, or other recipes you may want to adapt.
Opt for sustainable skincare products.
Taking care of your skin during the summer is a must, but being mindful about how your products impact the environment is as well.
Every day, millions of products are thrown into landfills – either due to their inability to be recycled, or a lack of recycling practices by the user. Products used in the bathroom – such as skin or hair care products – are often tossed in the trash rather than recycled, even if they are fully recyclable. Choosing to buy from brands that value sustainability and have eco-friendly products is a great way to help the planet.
At Goya Naturals, we care about the planet as much as we care about providing you with nourishing, effective skincare. About 90% of Goya Naturals packaging is fully biodegradable or compostable from start to finish. And, our slow process, handmade skincare products utilize traditional processes that are better for the environment than commercially produced products.
Our Mini Lotion Bars are especially eco-friendly, as they’re completely waste-free. Each bar is wrapped in a hemp cloth, so there’s no plastic or glass packaging to dispose of!
Walk or ride your bike whenever possible.
What better way to get outside and enjoy the sunshine than by walking or riding your bike?
Walking and cycling help cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and reduces air pollutants. It’s also a great way to get in your daily exercise, enjoy the summer sunshine, or spend time with friends!
If walking or cycling is not an option for you, consider taking public transit more frequently or carpooling with friends or colleagues.
Buy summer clothes secondhand & donate old clothes.
The fashion industry is one of the biggest culprits of climate change. In fact, it is the second-largest polluter in the world, just after the oil industry. And the environmental damage is increasing as the industry grows.
Here are just a few ways that the fashion industry is contributing to climate change issue:
- Water pollution: In most of the countries where garments are produced, untreated wastewaters from factories are dumped directly into rivers, and toxic substances such as lead, mercury, and arsenic affect both the aquatic life and people nearby.
- Water consumption: Huge quanities of water are needed not only for dying and finishing process of garments, but also to produce cotton. For instance, 20,000 litres of water are needed to make just 1 kg of cotton.
- Waste accumulation: A family in the western world throws away an average of 30 kg of clothing each year – only 15% is recycled or donated.
These are only a few of the ways the fashion industry is harming the environment. Chemicals, greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation, and rainforest destruction are also tragic consequences of a wasteful industry.
The first step to adopting more sustainable fashion habits is to reduce the amount of clothing you buy new. If you need to purchase new clothing, try looking at secondhand clothing stores, consignment stores, Facebook marketplace, or Poshmark, or even a clothing swap with friends. You can even sell your used clothes online, at a consignment store, or donate them to a thrift store.
BYOM (bring your own mug) & say no to straws.
There’s nothing with grabbing a fresh cup of joe when you’re on the run, but imagine how tall the stack of cups from your daily caffeine indulgences would be if you stacked them on one another.
Carrying a reusable mug in your bag and saying no to plastic straws can help cut down on the mindless waste that tends to add up if you’re not careful.
Visit a zero-waste store.
As more and more people commit to living more sustainably, zero waste stores have grown in popularity. A zero-waste store offers consumers products that are reusable, refillable, recyclable, or returnable. All the products are plastic-free and help people reduce their waste. And unlike traditional bulk-food stores, many offer fresh, ready-made, refrigerated, and frozen items as well.
Even if you can’t commit to only shopping at zero waste stores, visiting one or buying certain items from these shops can help reduce your environmental footprint.
The bottom line
Living sustainably does not mean you have to do everything perfectly. Rather, making small, manageable changes in your life can help create a big impact on the world. Maybe you decide to buy fewer clothes, only shop sustainable skincare brands, or start doing meatless Mondays – all of these changes can create a more sustainable future.
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