Hello! I hope you’re having a lovely July so far, and that the weather is nice wherever you are in the world. This year’s summer will be a little bit different to the usual holidays, but we can still stay sustainable! Here are my top 10 tips on having an eco-friendly summer…
Take A Staycation
This is particularly prominent with covid-19 still present and stopping a lot of international travel. Forgo the flights, cruises and journeys abroad and stay in your own country! Not only will it help to reduce your carbon footprint, you’re also putting money back into the economy.
Wear The Clothes You Have
Do you really need some new summer clothes? If your old ones still fit and are functional, skip hitting the high street and instead look for new ways to wear them. Whether you upcycle, re-dye or just love them the way they are, wear what you already have!
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Do you really need new summer clothes? 🌼🌸🌺 – It’s easy to get caught up in the latest trends and want that dopamine hit in the form of an ASOS delivery – but most of us already have all the clothes we need in our wardrobes 🛍🎀 – Here are some ways to spice up your summer wardrobe: – 🌸 Upcycle clothes that you don’t like/don’t fit. Turn them into crop tops, scrunchies or anything else that works. If it’s a light colour, you can even dye it to something more fun! – 💕 Swap with your friends/family. If you can (with social distancing), exchange your preloved clothes with your loved ones so you know they’re going to a good home – and you get some new goodies to try. – 🌺 If you need something specific, look on Depop, Ebay or buy from small (ethically made) businesses, especially if they’re bipoc or lgbtqi+ owned. – – 📷 – @hannahbranston . . . . . . . . . #ethicalconversations #slowecoethical #ethicalinfluencer #ecoblogger #sustainablefashionblogger #sustainablefashion #sustainableliving #sustainableclothing #sustainablelifestyle #sustainableshopping #ethicalfashion #ethicallymade #ethicalclothing #ethicalstyle #ethicalshopping #ecofriendlyliving #ecofashion #ecofriendlyfashion #summerclothes #summerstyle #fashioninspo #oootd
If You Need New, Go Second-Hand or Sustainable
If, for whatever reason, you really do need new clothes then try to shop second-hand, swap with your friends or buy from sustainable businesses. Raid your family/friend’s wardrobes first and if that fails, check online swap groups, depop/ebay or shop small & ethical.
Related: 10 Second-Hand Shopping Tips
Grow Your Own
Summer is the perfect time to start cultivating your own garden. Whether it’s some windowsill herb, a barely-alive succulent or a full-blown allotment, give growing a go! You can find out what to plant this month by having a quick google and in a couple of months you could be feeding yourself.
Wear Eco-Friendly Sunscreen
Conventional sunscreen has been shown to harm coral reefs and marine creatures when it washes into the ocean from our showers/when we swim in the sea. Switch a mineral version which is eco-friendly and help to reduce chemical pollution in the sea.
Litter-Pick When You’re Out and About
If you’re going for a walk, to the beach or whenever you see any rubbish, pick it up [only if safe to do so] and pop it in the bin. If it’s recyclable, take it home and be sure to recycle it here instead of with the general waste. Try to avoid wish cycling and google your local plant’s rules and guidelines before throwing stuff in the bin.
Instead of using single-use at your BBQs or when travelling, invest in some reusables or just use your day to day utensils instead of contributing to the already massive amount of plastic in oceans/landfill. Remember to stay hydrated!
Related: 7 Simple Zero-Waste Swaps
Shop Local & Seasonally
When the sun’s shining and you’re looking for something to do, take a trip to your local greengrocers / zero-waste store / farm shop and buy your produce locally. It can be a bit more expensive but even if it’s just one thing, you’re helping to support your local businesses and community.
Air Dry Your Clothes
Last but not least, take advantage of the nice weather and harness the powers of the sun to dry your clothes instead of using a tumble dryer. Hanging your lights out in the sun can also help to keep them light, but beware your darker clothes being bleached – they’re better dried inside.
I hope that you found this post useful, I’d love to know if you already do any of these things – or what you’d add to the list!
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Bye For Now!