Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to continue or start making choices that benefit the environment! Here are a few simple ways you can live more sustainably:
Use your own reusable stainless steel water bottle throughout the summer:
This not only helps you stay hydrated, but it also prevents the increase in the number of plastic bottles that end up in the ocean!
Try to drive with the windows up and air conditioner on during any road travel:
Driving with the windows down increases the drag on your vehicle. This causes more backward pull on the vehicle, therefore having a significant negative effect on the fuel efficiency that is greater than the use of the air conditioner (1).
Support local farmers’ markets:
By purchasing locally grown foods and products, your money stays in the community. This can help fund larger community projects like parks, green spaces and infrastructure. As an added bonus, food from farmers’ markets is especially delicious!
If you travel with family or friends, try road tripping instead of flying:
If your car gets 40 miles per gallon (mpg) or more, then it is significantly more efficient to drive with a group of people than to fly. However, if it’s just you and your car gets under 40 mpg, then it is more efficient to fly (2).
Buy from sustainable clothing brands:
Brands like Toms, Patagonia, MOVMT, MadeFair and Keep Company are all companies that have committed to fair trade and ethical product sourcing.
Eat less meat:
Choose to eat nutritious, meatless meals just one day a week. If you can’t go meatless for a whole day, choose to eat at least one meatless meal a week. “Going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. And going meatless once a week can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water” (3).
1 Neiger, Christopher. (2009, June 23). Windows down or A/C on — which is more fuel-efficient? Retrieved May 11, 2017, from http://auto.howstuffworks.com/fuel-efficiency/hybrid-technology/driving-with-windows-down.htm
2 Wihbey, John. (2015, September 2). Evolving climate math of flying vs. driving. Retrieved from http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2015/09/evolving-climate-math-of-flying-vs-driving/
3 Meatless Monday. (2016). Why Meatless? Retrieved from www.meatlessmonday.com/about-us/why-meatless/