For many people, leaving this planet better than we found it is a top priority in their lives. While it can seem like we have the cards stacked against us when it comes to creating a brighter future for our children and grandchildren, every effort does have an impact. From celebrating the holidays sustainably to small everyday changes we make, these decisions compound on one another to make a difference not just in our local community but throughout the world. If you’re looking for ways to keep the fun, good times rolling this summer but want to be more eco-conscious about it, keep reading for some inspo.
Be a Green Host
Lots of celebrations occur during the summer months. On top of July 4th, Father’s Day, and Juneteenth, it’s the peak season to get married too! Be green about it if you’re hosting parties this summer, whether they’re elaborate garden parties or backyard weddings. Opt for reusable plates, flatware, and drinking vessels. Decorate with the abundance of beautiful flowers that are in bloom – even better if they’re from your garden! Any area that you can make more sustainable in your event planning, do. Not only will the environment appreciate it, but so will your guests.
As someone who’s already living an intentional lifestyle, you likely have made the switch to more eco-friendly household items, but if you’re just getting started, making simple swaps from your conventional items to greener ones is a breeze. Instead of harsh household cleaners, make your own with vinegar and baking soda – add essential oils if you want softer or more specific scents.
Instead of conventional toilet paper, swap it out for bamboo toilet paper and do the same with your paper towels. Morning coffee run? Bring your own mug. The little things can make the most significant impact, so get in the swing of swapping out for more sustainable choices whenever and wherever you can.
Grow Your Own
Another great way to celebrate summer sustainably is to start a garden. Gardening is fantastic for your health in several ways, mainly keeping you active and providing you with the freshest, organic produce to eat. If you’re a parent or just have a roommate, gardening is a great hobby to get involved in with another person.
Teaching your children to grow their food is a valuable life lesson that will serve not only their physical well-being but their emotional health too. On top of the personal benefits of gardening, by planting native flowers and produce, you are also helping pollinators native to your area. Overall, gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can take up and is fantastic at making a difference in the world!
Be Wise With Water
Summer is hot and, in some regions, downright sweltering! When the sun is scorching down, it’s tempting to fill a small pool or run through a sprinkler, but there are ways you can be more conscious about your water consumption, no matter how hot it is. If you’re trying to entertain the kiddos with water, joining a local pool is one way to limit your consumption at home or take advantage of natural bodies of water close to your home.
Collecting water in a rain barrel at home is a great way to keep your garden watered or even fill a mini pool for the family to soak in. While the easier choice is to use water for all your activities with reckless abandon, the more sustainable option is to be mindful of how you use water and save it for more important things like drinking and bathing.
There are many other ways to live more sustainably during the summer that can be tailored to your lifestyle, location, and needs. While using the methods mentioned above to celebrate summer more sustainably this summer as a starting point, you’ll quickly be inspired to let your choices trickle into more of your daily life. The truth is, living intentionally feels great, and it’s infectious to those around you, which is something of which to feel proud. Now, get out there and have fun while making one difference at a time!