Good (for the Earth) Summer Fun

July 19, 2010 View all articles in Home

There must be something about the heat of summer that brings out the fun in everyone. It's a time when people engage in a multitude of outdoor activities, though not all of them are as eco-friendly as they could, or should, be. If you want to keep your summer both fun and green, here are some ideas for you!

  • Go bike riding. Yes, we push this on people a lot, but bike riding is a very fun activity and can be both refreshing and easy when taken at a leisurely pace. Plus, the more biking you do, the better shape you will be in when you hit the pool. Green Drinks Logo
  • Attend Green Drinks meetup. Green Drinks is a monthly opportunity to meet people who are also interested in talking green. There are meeting places across the globe, from Detroit to Vietnam. Use their website to find a meeting place near you.
  • Go camping. Camping is a great way to experience nature with your friends and family. The fewer electronic devices you bring with you the better, and be sure to unplug everything before you leave the house!
  • Have a garage sale. This is a great way to get rid of things you no longer need, without dumping them in a landfill. Plus, garage sales have added bonuses. You get to meet new people, or reconnect with old friends who may stop by. And, of course, you get to make a few dollars selling some of your old stuff! Remember to complete the circle and attend other garage sales; you might find something you need! A spot by a lake is a perfect place for a Picnic
  • Picnic. If camping is a little too intense for you, try taking a picnic. You still get to enjoy time outdoors with your family and neighbors, but you don't have to abandon the comforts of home for nearly as long.
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood. When you go, take an old pillowcase that you don't use anymore and fill it up with any trash you might find on your walk. No trees were used to make the pillowcase and it will biodegrade faster than a plastic bag.
  • Turn everything off. Any time you're leaving the house, turn off all the lights and electronics. Every hour counts so take that time to go for a run or do another activity on this list! 
  • Row a boat. Canoeing is better for the EarthBefore taking a motorboat out on the lake, consider kayaking or canoeing. You will feel more accomplished after you're done, and it's a great experience to have with your family. Plus, by powering the boat yourself, you use much less gas than the motorboat. Rowboats are also a good alternative if you plan on fishing.

Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation, but it can be hard to relax if you know that your fun is damaging the earth. So take that weight off your shoulders and have some good, clean, eco-friendly fun this summer.

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