11 *HOT* Tips for Having an Eco-Friendly Summer

  • Walk or bike everywhere. So obvious, I really need not include it. Use your legs. You have no excuse except chafing, and they make 2 things to combat that: Gold Bond and Bermuda shorts.*

 

  • Shop locally, or at least in brick and mortar stores. Cut that Amazon habit while you can! I cannot blame you for shopping online during a blizzard, but you have no excuse not to stop for groceries while you’re walking a mile home from your day drink at 4:00 PM. Day-drinking is soooo ec0-friendly.

 

  • Repurpose old jeans into cutoffs, old shirts into crops and tanks. It is the naked season, and holes are now “sexy”. Did your favorite jeans explode right at the thigh mid-May like mine did? It’s because your legs are begging for freedom. Chop the bottom off that old work t-shirt, and take your first step toward becoming one of those Instagram girls who can confidently work out in clothes that cover less surface area than my lingerie. Plus, none of that yucky pollution coming from the garment industry!

  • Air condition one room at a time. Summer is the season of staying the f*ck outside the house until it’s time to sleep or wipe your sweat off with your bath towel. So do you really need the whole apartment to be a crisp 70? Keep the bedroom cool and the doors closed. Close the vents to the other rooms or leave the window units off until you’re spending a long time in there.

 

  • Turn the A/C off when you leave the house. Yes, the whole house will get hot, and if you live near the equator, just turn the thermostat up a little. The good news? When you’re only air conditioning the bedroom, the small space will get frigid in no time.

 

  • Eat veggies! There will be so much fresh, local produce in season. Tomatoes? Get outta town. In Chicago, it’s nearly impossible to get a good tomato when it’s cold. So swap the chicken nuggets for the good stuff you can only get in the summer, like watermelon and peaches. For the unenlightened, meat production is terrible for the environment. You can check out the water intensity of different crops here.

 

  • Drink more water and iced tea and way less coffee.  Stay hydrated, dudes. Hot coffee is a true necessity in January, but nothing feels better than an ice cold seltzer or iced tea on the 4th of July. As it turns out, water (obv) and tea require less water to produce than coffee. On that note:

 

  • Drink more beer, less wine. I drink beer year-round, but as long as you’re sweating, opt for a nice cool brew over that dry red blend since beer is less water intense anyway. And while it’s nice out, please go to a bar and drink that beer on tap, instead of out of aluminum cans while you’re huddled next to the space heater in your apartment, per Winter Tradition™.

 

  • Stay outside. Leave the TV and lights off at home. Ditch the electronics and go love the world. You don’t need lights because the sun stays out forever anyway.

 

  • Diet? You certainly don’t need to diet to get a bikini bod because every bod is a bikini bod if you put your bod in a bikini. But, I do love dieting, and while I love my body, it will never be as small as I’d like it to be and THAT’S FINE. Anyway, eating less sugar, less meat, less food in general, is good for the environment. Fewer resources. You get it. Live your life.

 

  • Travel light. Air travel is awful for Earth, but you should still definitely do it because you should go places and see people. So, when you do it, just bring less stuff with you because it’s summer and clothes are small and fanny packs are back for some reason. You’ll weigh the plane down less so it’ll use less fuel. You’ll make room for other travellers so one plane trip can get more people and more stuff from one place to another.

 

*lol please never wear bermuda shorts