In the summer, some actions to take to protect the environment during our holidays.

What better season than summer to enjoy the fresh air as well with family, friends or alone with nature for only witness? Just because it's summer does not mean that we have to give up all our good ecological resolutions. This period is perfect to (re) become fully aware of the interest of preserving what surrounds us. So follow the guide for these tips for an eco-responsible summer!

 

Leave your car in the garage

During the holidays we all have the same ritual: a good breakfast (Bread, croissants, honey, fruits of the market ...). It's holidays, so take the time, it's the opportunity a little walk or bike, just to start the day right! Not only is it perfectly eco-friendly, but it will allow you to make a few small savings and then you will also be able to eliminate the few abuses of the day before. So hop, we go out the sneakers, the scooter, the rollerblades to enjoy the sun, the landscapes and to do some excersice.

Go ... gently on the water

Between usual consumption for hygiene and cooking, watering, swimming pool and other, a tourist uses an average of 880 liters of water per day! And yes, in summer, we consume much more water! Remember, however, that water supplies are limited and that some parts of the world facing repeated severe droughts face significant shortages. It is therefore essential not to waste this precious resource. For example, if you are staying a few days in a hotel, you can tell the staff that you do not need clean sheets daily to avoid wasting water. After all, at home, you do not change them every day, do you?

We protect ourselves, but we protect the ocean too

Exposing yourself to the sun without sunscreen is never a good idea. And I know what I'm talking about! We know that exposure to the sun, and UVB rays in particular, is dangerous for our skin, but we persist in wanting to tan. For me, it's been years that I try, but I always finish more vanilla-strawberry than caramel. So no summer without sunscreen! However, here too we must make informed choices. When buying a sunscreen, several criteria come into play: nature of the skin, sun capital, protection index, etc. But it is also important to ensure that the cream that is selected is not polluting for the environment it is better to use eco-friendly "ocean-friendly" creams as well as large containers, those that limit overpacks and which do not contain plastic microbeads (polyethylene).When we know that no less than 25,000 tonnes of sunscreen are dumped into the oceans each year and that sunscreens, by their composition, promote the development of infections that can kill corals in 48 hours, we understand that it is urgent to react. So think about choosing a green and healthy sun cream!

Leave no trace of your passage

Whether you are on the beach, picnicking in the forest or tasting in the mountains, it is important, if not essential, to think of leaving the place as natural as you found it. For that, take simple provisions like a pocket ashtray or a tote bag to pick up your garbage. When the bins are full, we take our waste with us and we find another trash, because the wind disperses very quickly the waste that is collected Leave the clean place behind you before leaving the place seems to make sense, but do not hesitate to do more, that is to say, to pick up and throw away all the garbage you will find on the way, even if it's not yours.

 

And if we avoided insecticides?

Little one, I was constantly told that it was not the little beast who ate fat. And I believed, until a mosquito came to me with all his family ... If you too, you were devouring the summer evenings, you had to try many repellents. The problem is that these products are neither very ecological nor very good for health and, most importantly, they often affect other species of insects that we desperately need. So, how do you protect yourself from its blood suckers without spilling chemicals and spending a fortune on aerosols for relative efficiency. Some simple solutions are available to you such as essential oils of eucalyptus lemon, cloves, geranium .. Here is the Top 10 natural and ecological anti-mosquito products https://planetehealthy.com/produits-anti-moustiques-naturels-ecologiques/.

Be careful about the contents of your suitcases

Clothes, pharmacy case, toiletry bag, laundry: every little bit counts! Sometimes saving the environment also means things that people do not always think about. Indeed, many swimsuits, hiking gear, beach towels, etc. are made from petroleum products or undergo chemical treatment. We will not lie, it is not obvious. The majority of swimsuits are made of polyamide or polyester, sometimes with elastane. - remember the plastic particles that end up in the waters where we love so much bathing leading to the destruction of ecosystems, and infecting the entire food chain. ! And yes, we're not just a sexy  bomb strolling on the beach, we're a destructive bomb for our oceans! Few jerseys use natural materials, although there are now hybrid materials using organic cotton. Other brands use recycled materials (as https://hopaal.com/pages/maillots-de-bain-recycles-femme), including the brand that uses used fishing nets.

Log out yourself!


And if summer was also an opportunity to disconnect? When you can go out in the sun, walk, visit, play sports, go to the beach or in the nature ... Indeed, if watching our favorite series on our computer is a perfect activity for the winter (go, we go out under the duvet), the summer period is on the contrary the one where we spend the least time at home, in favor of walks and outdoor activities. Simple trick to limit energy costs and reduce your electricity bill: disconnect all your devices instead of leaving them on standby.

Have local, seasonal and organic reflexes


What's more enjoyable than walking the farmers' markets: we avoid the rush of supermarkets and support the local economy. And we are full of memories! With the abundance of summer fruits and vegetables, it is also the right time to reduce its consumption of animal proteins, by combining them with vegetable proteins (chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, beans ...).

Respect the fauna and flora

It's so nice to discover landscapes different from what we see every day. Help preserve our environment by avoiding off the beaten track, at the risk of disturbing animals or trampling plants.
We take care of the coral. The latter is a fragile ecosystem threatened by rising temperatures and pollution. We do not collect coral and we do not buy jewelry or coral objects. This is obvious for coral is also for the marine resources present on our coasts. At school, we teach children on the coast not to move a rock on the foreshore, this part of the coastline discovered at low tide, so as not to disturb an entire ecosystem. Of course, the same is true for recreational fishing: respect catch limits for seashells as well as fishing bans, posted on the beaches. They are there as much for the safety of the consumers as for the respect of the resources.So as we say, do  touch just with the eyes!

Thirsty, we get a gourd.

Heat, sun, tanning, hiking ...With all this, we dehydrate, so it is important to drink water. But stop bottles! In France, 9.3 billion liters of bottled water are drunk each year, which places us in the top 5 of the biggest consumers of plastic bottles.It's time to change your habits and to ban plastic bottles, even on vacation. Gourds and thermos are perfectly suited.Nombreuses are also the cities to now provide drinking water points, so no more excuses! You are interested in an aluminum bottle, so take a look: https://www.banshy.org/collections/aluminium-bottles ( more designs coming)

 

You now have all the keys for an ecological holiday. And, since you have time to enjoy the beach, the nature and the sun, take the opportunity to become aware of the importance of ecology and to educate your family and your children on all these issues.

And especially a good holiday!




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