Mother Nature flourished in 2020 while humans remained inside due to the pandemic. More plants sprouted thanks to not being trampled by footsteps, and wild animals got to spread their legs a bit further than usual. So, as people head back outdoors this summer, here are some tips for how to keep the Earth clean.
First, volunteer! Whether it's with an organization or on your own, if you see trash in the wilderness, on the beach, or anywhere in between, pick it up. On top of the plastics that already end up in our oceans, the water is now filling with disposable masks. So, no matter where you are, if you see trash this summer, toss it!
Next, if you happen to find yourself at a cookout, try to avoid using lighter fluid and easy-to-light charcoal. The reason being, these products emit chemicals into the world that are unnecessary. Instead, try a pellet grill or using wood scraps instead. These burn just the same and leave little to no pollution.
Looking to redecorate your backyard? Start with some recycled patio decor! There are many eco-friendly products on the market today that are simply beautiful. From patterned rugs to biodegradable doormats, recycled plastic chairs, and more, there are many options to bring earth-friendly options to your back door.
This next one commonly goes unnoticed, but many sunscreens we wear in the summer months don't necessarily stay on our skin after we apply. So, the solution is to find water-resistant protection from the rays. This will ensure that the time you spent applying the sunblock won't wash away the moment you emerge in water.
Finally, if you're a runner, trying to learn how to enjoy exercising more, or someone who enjoys keeping the planet as green as can be - try plogging! The Swedish term comes from plocka upp (pick up) and combines trash pick up with jogging. All you have to do is lace up your shoes and grab a trash bag. Yes, this is a real thing, and yes, we should all try it this summer! What's better than staying in shape while keeping the Earth looking spiffy as well?