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It’s time to get outside in the sunny weather and enjoy the outdoors! Whether you’re hiking, fishing, kayaking, bike riding, or camping, the summer provides great opportunities to get outside. There is something special about getting outside, enjoying the sunshine, gazing at the stars, feeling the breeze and taking in a breath of fresh air. Here are some ways you can do just that in an eco-friendly and sustainable way!

  • Stay local
    • There’s no need to travel too far to enjoy nature. Stay local and see what’s around you! If hiking, the AllTrails website is great for finding a hike that is right for you. You can search by difficulty, distance as well as what you’d like to do and see!
  • Borrow or rent gear
    • Borrowing or renting gear such as fishing poles, kayaks, tents, or sleeping bags will eliminate the need to purchase products you may only use a few times a year. It will also prevent your clutter at home!
  • Go organic
    • As you gear up for your trip, keep an eye out for any organic products. This includes food, bug repellent, and sunscreen. Shop locally to boost your local economy and cut down shipping costs!
    • There are also all natural alternatives to canned, spray-on mosquito repellents. Check them out here.
  • Keep it simple
    • When it comes to food, avoid having to cook. As it will require more preparation and supplies that you’ll have to bring with you.
    • Consider bringing items such as sandwiches, fruit, trail mix, jerky, and canned or prepackaged foods to enjoy during your trip. Homemade is always better!
  • Leave no trace
    • Clean up after yourself– Take home what you brought and dispose of it properly.
    • Remember the 2 R’s
      • Reuse
        • Use reusable bottles and containers for water and for food. This will cut down on any trash.
      • Recycle
        • If you do decide to use plastic products, just make sure to recycle them!
  • Ditch the batteries
    • Use rechargeable or solar powered products such as flashlights or lanterns. This will reduce the use and cost of batteries.
  • Extinguish
    • Make sure you douse your campfire thoroughly with water before leaving a campsite. This will extinguish any remaining embers and will help prevent forest fires. Make sure you follow your local park rules!
  • Reduce
    • Fill up with RENEW at a participating 7-Eleven before you take off on your trip to reduce your emissions by up to 30{f41d13af4292520ca7adf85195e28f19fb7620c52e82e0bb7bdf37a7baf9b6cf}!