Summer is full of outdoor activities. From trips to the beach to backyard picnics, there are several steps you can take protect the environment you live and play in.

Hydrate Without Wasting

It’s hot out there. Quench your frequent thirst with a reusable water bottle that keeps your drink nice and cool without contributing to plastic waste.

Say “No” to disposable straws at home and when out to eat. Straws are a tiny thing to cut out of your daily life, but they can have a large impact on oceans, beaches, and animals.

Green Picnics & Cookouts

Switch to reusable, lightweight dishware and utensils (and cloth napkins) for your next camping trip or backyard party. If you’re with a small group of friends, encourage everyone to bring their own reusable items.

Choose a location that is easy to get to by biking or hiking to avoid taking a car. This option helps the environment and improves your physical activity!

Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

Mow only when needed, not just when your grass “looks bad”. Use natural fertilizers that release nutrients throughout the year and support your grass’s organisms. Collect and use rainwater for watering your plants. Reduce the amount of landscaping on your yard in general to save water.

Keep Cool

Use your A/C wisely to reduce your electric bill and your environmental footprint. Invest in an energy-efficient unit and keep your system well-tuned. Draw the blinds in your house and set your thermostat higher during the times no one is home.

Environmental Well-being

  • What? Environmental well-being describes our relationship with nature and our personal environment. It encourages us to live a lifestyle that respects our natural surroundings.
  • Why? We are called to take care of the world we live in and its creatures. Respecting nature, animals, and your general surroundings enhances your overall health and results in a more fulfilling life.
  • How? Make small changes in your life to adopt personal eco-friendly practices – like those in this Health Tip!

 

Sources: Southern Oregon University, EarthShare, & UC Davis. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only.  For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.