Summer is all about enjoying the warm weather and staying cool. But we can also have a major impact on our environment. From turning up the A/C to grabbing plastic water bottles on the run, our environment can come second to having fun in the sun. But why not have both? Here are our 5 tips to make your summer eco-friendly and fun:
1. Drink Eco-Friendly Wine
No summer is complete without wine drinking, but rather than focusing on whether to drink Rosé or Pinot Grigio, turn your attention to your wine’s environmental impact. Look for wines from vineyards who implement sustainable practices or utilize locally-sourced materials. Wine on tap is also growing in popularity and nearly removes the waste entirely. And don’t worry about sacrificing taste, an analysis of 74,000+ wines found that those made with certified organic grapes got higher ratings from experts than those produced using conventional methods.
2. Ride a Bike
One of the best parts of summer is being outside, and whether it’s for the work day or the weekend, bikes are a great way to travel. They’re also the eco-friendliest, emitting no gas or toxic pollutants. But if you think you still may need a little extra push for the longer rides, you can also go for the E-hybrid bike, which has an optional use battery. Though e-bikes run quite a higher price tag and are heavier than a standard bike, they can get you to where you’re going faster than a bike but with less energy output than a car. A win-win for you and Mother Earth.
3. Find an Eco-Friendly Vacation
Summers are all about vacations. And while they’re helpful for your personal sustainability they can be hard on the environment. From gas spent on road trips to wasted food at restaurants, it can be a challenge to prioritize saving energy when you’re enjoying time off. But there are myriad ways to do both. From hiking and camping trips or staying at the greenest hotels, to eating at the greenest restaurants or using brands that make energy conservation efforts like Disney Cruise Line, JetBlue, and Royal Caribbean, you can find a green vacation that suits any need.
4. Drink from a Reusable Water Bottle
Staying cool in the summer means drinking a lot of water, and in a crunch, we reach toward the most widely-available option: plastic bottles. But plastic bottles take more than 450 years to decompose, so it’s not the best choice for our planet. Luckily, reusable eco-friendly water bottles are a growing business, which means many more consumer options. BPA free, lead free, phthalate free, PVC free, microwave safe, freezer safe, dishwasher safe, bamboo, stainless steel, aluminum, silicon sleeve, infuser included, hidden compartment attached—the list of features goes on and can fit into any lifestyle.
5. Utilize Eco-Friendly Travel Gear
What you pack with you on a vacation is almost as important as where you’re going. And selecting eco- friendly travel items will help you breathe easy knowing you’re doing your part to help the environment. From items like sustainable material backpacks and solar powered rechargeable flashlights, to reusable storage zip bags and products with charitable endeavors like TOMS, it’s easy to travel head to toe in gear that will make you feel great knowing you’re doing some good.