Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it's also a time when our environmental impact tends to increase. Between road trips, outdoor activities, and increased energy usage, it's easy to get swept up in the season and forget about our commitment to sustainability. But fear not! There are plenty of ways to enjoy a sustainable summer with your little ones. Here are 10 tips to get you started:
- Use eco-friendly sunblock to protect your child's delicate skin from harmful UV rays.
- Pack a reusable water bottle and snacks in a reusable container when heading to the beach or park.
- Choose natural and organic cotton clothing for your children, which is breathable and kinder to the environment than synthetic materials.
- Plan a nature scavenger hunt or hike with your child to explore and appreciate the natural world.
- Avoid single-use plastics, such as straws and cutlery, by packing your own reusable items when going out for picnics or dining outside.
- Support local farmers by visiting farmers markets and choosing in-season, locally grown produce for your family's meals.
- Use eco-friendly and biodegradable picnic ware, such as plates and utensils, for outdoor meals and gatherings.
- When planning a road trip or vacation, choose eco-friendly transportation options such as trains or buses, or consider renting an electric or hybrid car to reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, plan your route in advance to minimize driving time and fuel usage.
- Encourage your child to turn off electronic devices and spend time playing outside or reading books instead.
- Create a composting bin in your backyard to dispose of organic waste, such as fruit peels and yard trimmings.
By adopting these practices, you can enjoy a sustainable and eco-friendly summer with your children. Not only will you be helping to protect the environment, but you'll also be teaching your child important values about sustainability and conservation.
You can find other great tips in The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Parenting