As summer draws near and the grass turns green, you might be wondering how you can “go green” – the environmentally-friendly way – in the summer. There are a number of ways to make healthier changes in your life, no matter the time of year. These three ideas are great ways to start your green journey this summer and beyond.
A green, eco-friendly yard
When our old gas-powered lawn mower quit working, rather than buying a new gas or electric mower, my husband and I decided to go with a manual push mower – one of those old fashioned ones. Not only was it cheaper, but it doesn’t pollute the air with gas or waste electricity to charge. We just need to maintain it to keep the blades sharp and the wheels turning, and it should last for many years to come. Other ways to go green with your yard in the summer include avoiding toxic chemicals for killing weeds, planting trees for healthier air, and planting flowers for the bees and the butterflies.
Green summer beauty
Many of us change up our skincare routines in the spring and summer when we no longer need heavy creams, so why not switch to a green beauty routine. A lot of beauty products can be found in your kitchen, such as honey for skin cleansing, lemon juice for whiter nails, and apple cider vinegar as a hair conditioner. If you opt for store-bought products, look for safer alternatives that are free of toxic chemicals and use organic ingredients.
Composting to utilize waste
What do you normally do with your food scraps and yard waste? For many, they end up in a landfill somewhere. Rather than throwing apple cores and carrot peels into the trash, go green this summer by starting a compost pile. You can add yard clippings to it as well. Just make sure there is plenty of drainage, and turn the compost over at least once a week to help the process go more quickly. Avoid throwing meat, fat, and bones into the compost pile. After a couple months, you should be able to make use of your homemade compost.
These three ideas are just a few of the ways you can go green in the summer, but they are a great start to your eco-friendly journey. What are some ways you plan on “going green” this summer?
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