Sustainable Tips for Summer

June 13, 2022

Alexa, play “School’s Out for Summer!”

School is out – and in all seriousness, we’re looking forward to long pool days, family vacations, Independence Day parties and projects that keep children learning. As summer activities start up, remember that you can make a big splash and still reduce your carbon footprint. 

Planning a vacation in the state? Try using NC’s GreenTravel Initiative to help you find green businesses, lodging, attractions and more. Our friends at the Greenish Neighbor also provide a directory of businesses with ecofriendly practices. If you’re heading to the Outer Banks, take a night out to dinner at The Village Table & Tavern. Gas prices got you down? Try a staycation. There are plenty of places to explore around the Triangle including Raleigh City Farm, Asali, Wicks for Wags, Plant Cakes Bake Shop and more. Make sure to visit during your planning process to view businesses that follow best practices and guidelines for COVID-19 safety. 

It can be tricky navigating outdoor activities with the dangers of sunburn and dehydration. Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group provides not only a guide to the best sunscreens, but also many other educational resources to protect your health. As sunscreen alone is not enough, it’s important to wear clothes that protect from the sun’s UV rays, time your outdoor activities when the sun is lower in the sky and check the UV index before heading out.

If you’re interested in more tips and tricks for the season, and DIY projects for children of all ages, take a look at our Pinterest board, where we’ve curated some of our favorite pins.