03 Jan Eco-friendly summer
Summer is here and it’s all about Fun in the Sun!
Although most of us are thinking of the awesome trips we’ll take or the lekker braais we’ll host, summer is the best time to get back in touch with nature and make greener choices to protect our planet.
Whether you’ve planned a camping holiday, a getaway to the beach or simply chilling at home, it is important to always remember that every action has an impact on the environment.
Here are seven practical tips to help make your summer a little more eco-friendly:
Tip 1: Let there be light!
With all the sunshine brought along with summer, why waste electricity in your house or workplace? Saving electricity is especially helpful during this erratic time of load-shedding we’re experiencing in South Africa. Open the blinds and optimise all the natural lighting summer provides.
Tip 2: It’s time to braai
A braai (or a good old barbeque to non-South Africans) is one of the best parts of summer, and like everything else we do, has its impact on the environment. Tweak your summer cookout to be more environmentally friendly by hosting a vegan or vegetarian braai, using sustainably sourced charcoal or firelighters, or investing in a solar grill. A sustainable braai can still be tasty!
Tip 3: Fan out
Use fans instead of aircons. A fan just moves air around and uses 90% less energy than central air conditioning units, still keeping your house cool during summer.
Pro Tip: Place a bowl of ice in front of the fan so that the breeze from the fan blows onto the ice cubes and blows out cooler air.
Tip 4: Invest in reusable items
Switching to reusable items is a game-changer when attempting to be more eco-friendly. Start off by purchasing a set of reusable plates, then reusable cups, and build your collection of reusable items – one set at a time.
Where reusable items are not practical or possible, make sure to use compostable and biodegradable disposables such as the amazing range we have on offer: EcoPack Shop
Tip 5: Don’t forget sunscreen
Given the research around the ingredients in our sun care products and how they impact our health and the planet, choose a non-toxic sunscreen so you aren’t polluting your skin or the environment.
Tip 6: Use a pool cover
The use of a pool cover alone can lessen water evaporation by 95%. It also helps to cut down on energy usage by keeping your pool warm when not in use.
Tip 7: Sign up for a beach or park clean-up
It’s always important to give back and actively participate in caring for the environment. Volunteer for local activities to pick up trash in your neighbourhood, or even at your holiday spot and contribute towards the environment’s wellbeing while enjoying the sun! This is a great way to get kids involved from am early age.
Now that the good weather has arrived, these practical tips will ensure a fun, sustainable summer.
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