How your summer can be more eco-friendly
The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of industries and people that want to change their unsustainable habits, both daily and long-term - and for good reason. <a href=“https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikehughes1/2019/08/02/climate-change-18-months-to-save-the-world/#548b13c549bd“>There isn't long left</a> before climate change leads to global warming of unrecoverable levels, so change is needed fast.
Luckily for you, summer is the perfect season to implement these changes, and the warmer months are rapidly approaching.
Don't waste water
During summer, it's all too tempting to take a lengthy, cold shower, or to buy a pack of 6 bottled waters while you're out. However, doing so is only depleting our aquifers and rivers, which is drying up the earth at a faster rate than normal.
Travel by public transport, bike, or foot
Now that it's getting warmer and raining less, there's less excuse to drive everywhere and release carbon emissions into the atmosphere. instead, try taking public transport, cycling to your destination, or walking there. Your body will thank you for it too!
Buy local foods
Summer is a great time to get out and explore any markets, car boots, and farms local to you. Buying fresh produce and food sourced locally helps to address one of the biggest eco-concerns: food miles. Not only that, but you're eating food that's grown organically (which is healthier for you!) and also supporting local workers.
Check your sunscreen
We would never say to go out during the summer without wearing sunscreen. Doing so is just inviting sunburn and skin damage in. However, if your sunscreen contains any harmful chemicals such as parabens, oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate, it may be time to shop for a new, more eco-friendly alternative. Try using mineral-based sunscreens that offer the same high-factor coverage.
Reuse shopping bags
Granted, some people have been doing this for a while since the 5p tax was introduced (and even more so since it increased) but there are still many people throughout the country that needlessly buy shopping bags every time they go out, rather than reusing the ones they have. Even better, invest in a cotton bag to take with you whenever you go out.