Summer 2019 is all about living your best life and having a "Hot Girl Summer", a catchphrase gone viral in light of rising rap star Megan Thee Stallion. “It’s just basically about women (and men) being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody gotta say about it", Megan says for The Root.
While the term is simply light-hearted fun and open season for self-definition, we want you to have a progressive summer and give you a reason to make your 'Hot Girl Summer' a 'Green Girl/Boy Summer’ as well by “going green”.
So what does it mean to "Go Green"?
The term "Go Green" is defined as making more environmentally friendly decisions such as to "reduce, reuse and recycle".
Endangered animals, deforestation, global warming, and growing landfills are several reasons to go green. These issues are all having a detrimental effect on our earth and someday may make the planet a very unpleasant place to live. Going green involves taking steps to minimize the harmful damage humans are causing to the planet.
18 Ways To Have A Green Girl/boy Summer.
1. First Thing First, Stay Hydrated & Moisturized!!!
2. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water to eliminate large amounts of container waste. Also, bring a reusable water bottle, aluminum rather than plastic when you're on the go.
3. Eat mindfully. If you eat meat, add several meatless meals a week to your diet. Having meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is pretty much played out. Add 2x more vegetables and fruit to your diet and lean towards a more plant-based diet. Cowspiracy is a great documentary on Netflix that highlights animal agriculture as the number one source of environmental destruction. Animal agriculture contributes to global warming, water use, deforestation, and ocean dead zones.
4. Purchase from local farmers to keep money in the local economy. Support as many locally sourced businesses as possible.
5. Shop Fair Trade! Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions. Farmers and producers receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run. Fair Trade is also better for the environment as it supports sustainable practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
6. Get your green thumbn' on by spending time in nature and tending to your home garden/plants. Grow some herbs, vegetables, and fruit if you can. It’s good to remember where our food originates from. Grab a copy of our digital mag to read about regenerative agriculture.
7. Compost by using decayed organic material as plant fertilizer. Not all food and yard waste can be used for compost. Here are a few options you can use: Coffee grounds and filters, fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, grass clippings, leaves, and nutshells. Follow these accounts on IG for more details on planting @blackgirlswithgardens, @blackmenwithgardens, @blackwithplants
8. Unplug appliances when you're not using them. Use a smart power strip that senses when appliances are off and cut phantom/ vampire energy use.
9. Eliminate toxic people and products! Replace your toxic home cleaning and body products with safer, all-natural options. The whole house no longer needs to smell like bleach to be deemed "clean". If you can avoid bringing toxic fumes into your space, do so. Grab ThreeMain Starter Kit here.
10. Stop using disposable bags and replace them with reusable bags. You can also invest in quality tote bags to bring around when you’re shopping. Purchase ours here.
11. Put a stop to unsolicited mail. Sign up to opt-out of pre-screened credit card offers here or call 1-888-567-8688.
12. Switch your lightbulbs to energy efficient types.
13. Next time you buy a new toothbrush or hairbrush, make sure its made from bamboo. They're all-natural biodegradable and organic with 100% eco-friendly BPA-free bristles. Grab a toothbrush from BLK+GRN here.
14. Use beeswax for food wrapping over plastic wraps.
15. Invest in plastic-free straws.
16. Donate or recycle your cell phones, computers, and other electronics. E-waste contains mercury and other toxic compounds, and it's a growing environmental problem. Ask your local government to set up an electronics recycling and hazardous waste collection event, or take initiative yourself.
17. If you're a new mom start using cloth diapers. One cloth diaper per day means 365 fewer disposables in the landfill annually. Even if you aren't using them at all times, some uses will make a difference.
BONUS! Move with intention every day. Show up everywhere as your authentic self. Be gentle and patient. Take one or two of these lifestyle hacks and turn it into a habit. Always remember that baby steps are still steps towards progress. You’ve got this!