For the past few years, summers have been consistently out-of-control hot. Record-breaking heatwaves are becoming the new normal, and they directly result from our own actions. From melting ice caps to climate refugees to natural disasters, we see the real consequences of global warming. Changing your habits is the only way you can help fight back against manmade climate change. When it comes to conservation, every little bit matters—so here are some easy ways to help save the earth this summer.
Keep it natural.
It is essential to be mindful of the ingredients you use in your home, so make sure that everything from cleaning products to food and beauty products has natural ingredients. This means avoiding chemicals and artificial ingredients as much as possible. Natural personal care products (soaps, shampoos, conditioners) are usually a better choice than chemical-laden ones because they are gentler on your skin and hair—and don’t contain all of those harmful toxins! When shopping for natural cleaning products at your local grocery store or health food store, look for brands that don’t contain harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach.
TIP: Wash fruits and vegetables before eating them by rinsing them under cold running tap water with a little bit of vinegar added to prevent pesticides from sticking onto the produce.
Use reusable water bottles.
Rethinking your water consumption this summer? Start by using a reusable water bottle instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. One of the easiest ways to save the earth is simply refilling a reusable container at home, in the office, and on the go. Here are five reasons why:
- Reusable water bottles are better for the environment because they don’t create more waste than necessary. When you buy bottled water, you’re creating unnecessary waste (plastic bottles) that will eventually end up in landfills or oceans.
- Reusable water bottles are better for your wallet because they save money over time and eliminate wasted spending on disposable plastic bottles. According to GoDodolife, if you spent $4 per day on bottled water each year for 40 years (10 times longer than most people live), it would cost more than $70,000! That’s enough money to buy a lovely house! Why throw away all that hard-earned cash when you can use reusable containers instead?
- A study conducted by Harvard Medical School found that drinking from disposable plastic bottles could increase cancer risk due to hormone-disrupting chemicals (BPA). So next time someone asks why they should switch from single-use plastics back into glass/metal containers – tell them they’ll also be helping reduce their chances of contracting cancer later down life’s road!
Go green on the grill.
Use biodegradable grill mats. They don’t use any energy to cook your food, and they can be composted in a backyard compost pile or sent back to Nature’s Earthy Recyclers, which will recycle them into fertilizer pellets. Use a grill made from recycled materials, such as this one by Chef’s Planet. It has a stainless steel construction with a non-stick coating, so it won’t rust like other grills can do when exposed to moisture over time (or simply from being washed after each use). Plus, it’s easy for kids to clean off when done using them!
Try using a charcoal grill instead of a gas one—it might take longer, but you’ll still get delicious results without burning the planet with carbon emissions! Just ensure you have plenty of ventilation around where you’re sitting, so those fumes don’t make anyone sick later on when cooking indoors again. Otherwise, wait until evening rolls around before attempting anything else outdoors during hot summer days like those in Florida, where temperatures are reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit every afternoon – wowzers!
Use a rechargeable electric lighter.
Electric lighters are more efficient than their butane counterparts. They create a steady, consistent flame that can be used to light candles, pipes, and cigarettes. Electric lighters are safer than butane lighters as well. You don’t have to worry about burning yourself on an open flame or accidentally setting anything else on fire while you’re trying to light your joint—press the button, and you’re good to go!
An electric lighter is cheaper to use than a butane one. You won’t have to buy lighter fluid for months at a time if you switch over from traditional lighters because there’s no fuel involved here in this case! Plus you’ll save money in other areas too (like buying accessories like carabiners).
Give your car a break.
If you live in a city and have to use your car for work, try getting around on public transport or walking or biking. If you have to drive somewhere, try carpooling with coworkers or friends. Carpooling is great because it helps reduce traffic and pollution (and saves money!).
Buying local food is a great way to help save the planet. It’s better for the environment and healthier for you, too. When you buy local produce, you’re supporting small farmers and businesses that are much more likely to care about the health of your community.
In addition to buying fresh fruits and veggies at your farmer’s market or grocery store, consider some creative uses for leftovers from your backyard garden or CSA box (community-supported agriculture). You can make delicious pesto with basil from your own garden or tomato sauce out of those leftover tomatoes in your pantry.
Eat less meat.
If you’re looking for ways to save the planet and reduce your carbon footprint this summer, a straightforward way to start is by cutting down on meat consumption. That’s right: “meatless Mondays” aren’t just a trend—they can help make a real difference in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving water.
If you’re unsure where to start, try some meat alternatives that don’t involve animal products (such as tofu or tempeh). If those don’t sound appealing, try out some recipes that use less meat than traditional dishes (like tacos made with beans instead of beef). Keep an eye out for more tips from us in the future!
It’s not hard to make small changes to help the environment this summer!
It’s easy to think that we don’t have much control over the environment, but it’s easier than you might think. There are many small changes that we can make in our daily lives that will help prevent damage to our planet and its resources. You don’t need to go out and buy all new eco-friendly products or live off the grid—you can take simple steps towards making this world better for your children and grandchildren.
It doesn’t matter what your lifestyle is like or how busy your schedule may be; even if you only have time for a tiny change per day, you will have impacted our environment by the end of summer! We all know how great it feels when we do something nice for others; imagine what it would feel like if everyone did their part by doing something nice for Mother Earth! And who wouldn’t want to feel good about themselves?