Summer may be a favorite time of the year for many people, but it is not necessarily the best time for our planet.
Our energy and water use are also rising as temperatures rise, and our carbon footprint is also rising.
But for our planet, there are ways we can cope with this tense moment of the year.
With some simple steps-from what you eat to how you spend your holiday and do housework-the eco-environment is easy
Friendly and still have a fun summer.
24/7 Tempo lists 20 ways to make your summer more eco-friendly after looking online at information from several sources, including the USS.
The Department of Energy, the consumer report and the research review of the Scientific American.
It is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of what you can do to help protect the environment, but here is a short list, list the relatively easy things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint to guide more green action and initiate change on a larger scale.
At the national level, some countries go further than others-the least eco-friendly. 1.
Disposable products to avoid outdoor cooking and picnics using disposable plates, utensils, cups and napkins may be a good choice for easy cleaning, but not in terms of the environment.
Summer brings many opportunities to use disposable eating tools-from picnics to days on the beach to classic barbecues.
By making some small changes to your next get
Together, however, you can have a huge impact on the Earth-and will not give up convenience altogether.
You can use compostable disposable plates, wooden utensils, silicone cups, compostable garbage bags and reusable food packaging made of beeswax instead of plastic disposable products. 2.
As temperatures rise, the use of reusable water bottles instead of disposable water bottles is the same for our need to maintain moisture, and in many cases our carbon footprint.
It may be easier to buy a bottle of water from a shop around the corner, but all of these disposable plastic bottles can cause losses to the wallet-and more importantly-the planet.
In the United States, disposable plastic bottles produce nearly 3 billion pounds of waste each year, affecting the supply of wildlife, air quality and water.
Keeping moisture so much good for the environment and health, water bottles on the market today have almost unlimited options-from chemical-safe BPA --
Free plastic in glass and stainless steel versions. 3.
Store used garages and yard sales are popular in the summer and are a good time to find a new home for your own clutter.
Buying second-hand is good for the environment.
Fewer new items were produced, according to a 2016 study, which led to less water, less waste and less carbon emissions. 4.
Drying clothes in the summer, rather than using a dryer, not only saves energy and electricity, but there are other benefits.
Using clothesline can save more than $200 a year on utilities.
The Energy Department estimates that 4% of the average household's electricity is used to dry clothes.
Look at the energy for a better estimate.
Government calculators for electrical and electronic energy use.
Reducing the use of the dryer also helps to reduce wear and tear of the garment.
Sunlight can even help bleach and disinfect clothes.
As an extra bonus, you can spend more time outdoors in the process. 5.
In the hot summer, we cool our homes in different ways, such as fans and air conditioning systems.
However, effective curtains can greatly reduce our energy consumption and electricity charges.
In higher temperature months, "76% of the sun falls on the standard double-layer glass
The pane window enters into heat, according to the Department of Energy.
Some of the best options to keep the sun shining are curtains woven with medium-color closure or opening, white plastic backing.
The curtains should be hung close to the window.
The curtains also need to be installed in the window frame as close to the glass as possible and painted throughout the day.
Awning can be in the South-reduce solar heat up to 65%
Windows facing the West and 77%
Facing the window, it works best in light color. 6.
Eating less meat not only helps improve overall health, but also benefits the planet.
A 2009 study found that 80% of Amazon's deforestation is related to raising cattle.
More research published in the journal Nature by the University of Minnesota found that our meat
Eating habits lead to deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and water shortages.
But to make a big enough impact, average people need to eat less than 90% of pork, 75% of beef and half of eggs, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota.
If it is reduced too much, then the more gentle suggestion is two 5-
An ounce of meat every Monday.
In summer, fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful, making it the perfect time to start. 7.
During the summer, sales of local farmers' markets and seasonal produce peaked.
While helping the environment, they are also a good way to eat healthily.
Unlike the food you find in the grocery store, eating locally reduces the energy to transport the goods.
The New York City Environmental Council estimates that it needs 435 fossils.
Five-calorie strawberry fuel calories from California to New York.
Eating organic food can also reduce chemicals that can pollute water or soil, thus minimizing the impact on the environment. 8.
About 30% of the things we throw can be composted instead of landfill.
When compost, food residue and yard waste enrich the soil and reduce the demand for fertilizer.
It also reduces our carbon footprint by reducing methane emissions from landfill sites.
Two types of compost include Brown (
(Such as dead leaves and branches)and greens (
Such as grass scraps, vegetable wastes, fruit scraps, coffee grounds, etc).
A complete list of compost and content that does not check the EPA website. 9.
According to the healthiest state initiative, walking and cycling moreMotor vehicles are responsible for nearly 80% of carbon monoxide and 55% of nitrogen oxide emissions in the United States, a non-profit organization dedicated to making Iowa the healthiest state in the country.
With the increasing traffic flow, our air quality will continue to decline.
One way to solve this problem is to walk and bike more, especially considering
Cars travel less than 1 mile a quarter.
Summer is the best time to deal with these environmental problems.
A more friendly way of transportation is also a good way to exercise and positively affect your health. 10.
Find creative ways to save water there are many ways to save water every day, from shortening the shower time to fixing the leaking faucet.
However, you may not find a way to save more H2O.
This summer and beyond, you can get creative by collecting the water you use to water your plants and shrubs while washing fruits and vegetables.
When you give it new water, the old water that your pet doesn't drink can do the same.
Our lawns turn brown in the summer, but it is a waste to water them often in order to keep them green.
When the children want to eliminate the summer heat, why not use the sprinkler to replenish the lawn?
Wash your pet on the brown grass outdoors in the same way. 11. Use reef-
It is estimated that as many as 6,000 tons of sunscreen enter coral reefs every year.
Hawaii, Key West, Florida, and a number of retailers are banning the use of sunscreen for certain chemicals, which are usually phenoxyl and octoyl, and studies have shown that these chemicals may be harmful to coral reefs.
Sunscreen without these ingredients is now labeled "Coral Reef"safe.
"Of course, other chemicals in approved sunscreen can still be harmful to marine life.
The safest way is to cover most of your body with UPF (
UV protection factor)
Put your clothes on the reef-
Safety sunscreen on any remaining skin. 12.
Volunteers may not have a better place to spend the summer than the beach, but there is a better way to spend your time there.
If you want to absorb some light and beautiful scenery while helping the Earth, it may be appropriate for you to volunteer to go to the beach to clean up.
Environmental groups, civic groups and parks are organizing beach cleaning activities throughout the year.
Just find one in your local area.
If there is no chance of organizing, people can also collect garbage from the beach.
One of the biggest efforts to clean up the beach, the international Coast Cleanup began more than 30 years ago. On Sept.
2019, the community will gather to collect and record the rubbish on our beach.
This effort has helped us to better understand how we pollute the ocean and has driven some global brands to reduce plastic waste. 13.
As summer temperatures rise, using reusable straws creates a thirst for cold drinks-from iced coffee to squeezed juice-the perfect time to try reusable straws and help save the planet.
There are many options on the market, made of bamboo, silica gel, glass, etc, with multiple shapes and sizes.
Or drink it directly from the cup.
It is estimated that Americans use 0. 5 billion straws a day, up to 8.
3 billion plastic straws pollute the world's beaches.
As more cities and companies ban or phase out them, the campaign to ban them is growing.
Although the straw actually only accounts for 0.
025% of the plastic floats in the ocean, and part of the reason behind the ban comes from the ability to replace them with something else. 14. Wear eco-
Friendly sunglasses from scratch
Say cheap shades to designer brands that are more expensive than some people's rent.
But most pairs are not green regardless of the price.
They are made of plastic, metal, paint and other materials that are almost impossible to recycle and will be spent forever in a landfill.
In response to this waste, the company is producing eco-friendly sunglasses
Friendly and even socially conscious.
Some are made of recycled materials such as fishing nets, reusable marine plastic, old skateboards and vintage records. 15.
It may be delicious in summer, but they are not the most eco-friendly --
Friendly way to barbecue.
When it comes to air pollution, charcoal cannot be compared to a liquid propane or gas grill, and a liquid propane or gas grill is also an energy-efficient way compared to cooking in an oven in a hot summer kitchen.
If you're looking for a greener
Friendly choice, then use an electric grill powered by renewable energy such as solar or wind energy.
There are also pellet grills on the market, with limited emissions.
These grills run on compressed particles of waste wood that would have been discarded. 16.
The biggest annoyance in summer is sweating too much and forming a swarm of insects, try natural products to make up for your summer.
But some remedies are not very good for the environment.
Although the hazards of gas mist tanks to ozone are not as great as in the 1970 s, they will still leave a carbon footprint.
Deodorant contains hydrocarbons and/or compressed gases that can cause global warming.
If you want to avoid chemicals when driving mosquitoes, there are many natural products on the market.
You can also try the mosquito repellent effect of natural ingredients such as lemon eucalypus oil, cinnamon oil, citronella oil, tea tree oil, etc. 17.
Unplug the electronics when you're out and try solar charging in the summer-or doing digital detox-is a great way to decompress and even improve your health, but another type of blocking can also help the environment.
In addition to turning them off when electronic devices are not in use, unplugging them can save energy and money. The average U. S.
Families have 40 products that are constantly plugged in and use up to 10% of their energy each year, costing more than $100.
When not in use, the power strip makes it easier for most electronic devices to turn off. 18.
Using indoor plants as a natural air purifier, while the plant may not be good in the summer, bringing nature indoors throughout the year is not only pleasant, but also brings some health benefits, such as reducing stress, improve happiness.
While many of the indoor plant champions claim they also help to purify the air, recent comprehensive research suggests that this may not be the case.
In any case, some natural green and other colors in the interior can only be good. 19.
Getting too much sunlight into natural lighting can lead to overheating in the home, thus saving electricity bills, however, finding the right balance from the windows (instead of direct sunlight) to get daylight in, can reduce the demand for artificial lighting.
Using natural sunlight can save electricity and help the Earth.
Energy Department says
Efficient windows and good lighting design can go a long way and consider these issues when building a new home. "North-
"Facing the windows, the natural light is relatively uniform, the glare generated is very small, and there is almost no unwanted increase in summer heat," the Energy Department said . ".
The skylight is also a great way to get the light in without sacrificing privacy. 20. Take an eco-
Friendly Summer Vacation
According to AAA, 30 of all family visitors will go to the summer vacation this year.
While travel is certainly interesting, it also leaves a lot of carbon footprint.
Considering the Earth, more holidaymakers are looking for eco-friendly ways to spend their holidays.
They can even choose the ecosystem.
A tourist destination centered on tourism, such as in Canada or Colombia.
But anyone can make their holiday more sustainable by following some simple tips.
For example, you can find an environmental protection
Arrive and bypass your destination by friendly means of transportation;
Choose an energyEfficient hotel;
Away from harmful entertainment activities;
Save water and energy.
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