10 Planet-Friendly Summer Activities

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As summer rolls around, it brings with it the promise of sun-kissed days and outdoor adventures. However, it also presents challenges to our planet with increased energy consumption, waste generation, and negative environmental impact.

But fear not! With a little creativity and mindfulness, we can make this summer season both enjoyable and eco-friendly.  Here’s 10 Planet-Friendly Summer Activities to enjoy…

Embrace Sustainable Transportation

Kick off your summer by ditching the car and opting for eco-friendly modes of transportation. Walk, bike, or take public transportation to your destinations whenever possible. Not only will you reduce carbon emissions, but you’ll also get some exercise and fresh air along the way.

Woman cycling in park

Plan Eco-Conscious Getaways

According to a recent study, 75% of brits want to do more to minimise their impact on the environment whilst travelling [1]. Look for eco-friendly accommodations, such as hotels with green certifications or eco-lodges powered by renewable energy. Support local businesses and explore nature responsibly, leaving no trace behind.  Websites such as iescape and Mr & Mrs Smith have great environmentally friendly sections of places to stay around the world.

Host Zero-Waste Picnics

Picnics are a quintessential summer activity, but they often result in single-use plastics and excess waste. Opt for reusable picnicware such as bamboo or stainless-steel utensils, plates, and cups. Pack your snacks and drinks in reusable containers and cloth bags, and don’t forget to bring along a reusable picnic blanket or mat.

Mother and daughter enjoying a zero-waste picnic

Grow Your Own Food

There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables from your own garden. Use the summer months to start a backyard garden or grow herbs and veggies in pots on your balcony. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint by eating locally and organically, but you’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own food.

Home grown carrots

Reduce Water Waste

Conserving water is crucial, especially during the hot summer months when demand is high. Based on recent research, 80% of people in the UK are guilty of committing at least one water wasting habit regularly [2].  Practice water-saving habits such as taking shorter showers, fixing leaks, and watering your garden during the early morning or late evening to minimise evaporation. Consider installing a rain barrel to collect rainwater for gardening purposes.

Opt for Sustainable Swimwear

Before hitting the beach or pool, consider investing in sustainable swimwear made from recycled materials or eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo. Not only are these options better for the environment, but they also often offer superior quality and comfort.  There’s some great brands in the market now, such as Hunza G, and Fisch and Asket.

Support Farmers’ Markets

Take advantage of the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer by shopping at local farmers’ markets. Not only will you enjoy the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables, but you’ll also support local farmers and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transporting food long distances.

Lady at Farmers' Market

Practice Responsible Sun Protection

Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is important, but many conventional sunscreens contain chemicals that harm marine life and coral reefs. Opt for mineral-based or reef-safe sunscreens that are free from oxybenzone and octinoxate. Additionally, consider wearing sun-protective clothing and seeking shade during peak sun hours.

Embrace Plastic-Free Summer Essentials

Swap out single-use plastic items for reusable alternatives in your summer essentials kit. Invest in a stainless steel water bottle, a durable insulated coffee mug, and reusable straws and utensils for on-the-go hydration and dining. Pack your snacks in beeswax wraps or silicone bags instead of plastic cling film or ziplock bags.

Participate in Eco-Friendly Activities

Make sustainability a part of your summer activities by participating in beach cleanups, nature conservation projects, or community gardening initiatives. Get involved in local environmental organisations or volunteer with conservation groups to make a positive impact on the planet while enjoying the great outdoors.  Visit websites such as Keep Britain Tidy and National Trust to find ways to get involved.

Couple partaking in beach clean up

By adopting planet-friendly habits and making eco-conscious choices, we can reduce our environmental footprint while still making the most of the warmer months. Whether it’s biking to the beach, growing your own food, or supporting local farmers, every small action counts toward a healthier planet for future summers to come. So, let’s soak up the sun, protect the Earth, and make this summer one to remember—for all the right reasons.

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[1] UK Sustainability in Travel Market Report – Market Growth (mintel.com)
[2] Water Regs UK Limited – 80% of Brits wasting water regularly
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