We often forget that the simplest actions can save the environment. This summer, remind yourself of these 5 points to make it through scorching hot days the sustainable way.
Screen Your Sunscreen
Without any doubt it’s important to slap on sunscreen, but do it without harming yourself or the oceans. Avoid sunscreen with ingredients including oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are known to damage coral reefs. Choose a mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide or a natural sunscreen instead.
Skip the Straw or Bring Your Own
It’s hot and you’re craving a sip of something refreshing, but unless you need one make sure you order your drink without a straw. This little piece of single use plastic can add up to millions of tons of plastic. This summer, get into the habit of carrying your own reusable metal straw wherever you go.
Stay Hydrated with your Own Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated in the summer heat, but avoid using single-use plastic water bottles. The world uses about 1 million plastic water bottles a minute, and more than 90% of those don’t get recycled. Oceans are predicted to have more plastic by weight than fish by 2050. It’s best to carry your own bottle or sipper that can be filled from clean water sources. This way, you can stay hydrated and avoid one-use plastics.
Unplug the Electronics
Set your laptop, tablet, and phone down for a few minutes, hours or better yet days. Most of us have a habit of checking our electronics every other minute. It’s a good step to break this addiction and relieve yourself from the stress of social media and work, while saving electricity.
Declutter your Wardrobe
Give away clothes that no longer fit and slip into thrifted alternates. Remember lighter shades can bring great relief from the scorching summer heat. You can also scan the gram or shop locally for eco-friendly garments such as linen, hemp, bamboo or banana fibre.
Reconnect with nature to remind yourself why we’re being kinder to the environment! Have you got any other tips for a more sustainable summer? We’re always looking to improve our lifestyle, so we’d love for you to share them with us and our readers in the comments!