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Zero Waste Summer Tips

Zero Waste Summer Tips-News Story

Tip #1 – Enjoy a Zero Waste Backyard BBQ

Tis the season for picnics and backyard entertaining, which can mean a lot of disposable plates and cutlery headed to the landfill. The next time you host a party, ditch the disposables and break out the reusable dishes, straws and cloth napkins. Serve drinks from a large communal dispenser and for a fun rustic look, use small canning jars for glasses. Encourage guests to bring their own containers to take home leftovers.

Tip #2 – Challenge Yourself to a Plastic Free July

Have you heard about Plastic Free July? With global plastic pollution becoming a growing concern (source: Planet or Plastic?, National Geographic, June 2018), join this month-long challenge to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in your life. Think about a few plastics you can target for reduction and challenge your friends and family to do the same.

Tip #3 – Eat Locally and Farm Fresh

Reduce the carbon footprint of your summer menu by exploring Sunnyvale’s fabulous farmers market Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your reusable produce bags!

Tip #4 – Recycled crafts, Obstacle Courses, Backyard Camping, Oh My! Fun Zero Waste Activities for Kids

School’s out and there are plenty of zero-waste indoor and outdoor activities out there to keep your kids busy; turn recyclables into arts and crafts, create an obstacle course through sprinklers, make recycled paper, set up a tent and camp in the back yard. Get creative thinking up waste-free alternatives to favorite summertime activities and make a list that will take you through the whole summer. Do some research online to find other great zero waste crafts and ideas.

Tip #5 – When in Doubt, Swap it Out

Summer is a great time to relax with a good book. Before heading to the book store, why not check out the Library? Alternatively, get some friends together and host a book, clothing or toy swap. Get super organized and give raffle tickets for each item they bring to swap or make it a free-for all. Come up with a swap theme and serve drinks and snacks to go along with it.

Tip #6 – Get Out There and Enjoy Nature

The Bay Area is home to some of the most beautiful hikes around. Pack a picnic, lace up your boots (or tennies) and get out and enjoy nature. Check out the Peninsula Open Space Trust’s Easy Summer Escapes guide, which highlights 11 fabulous places to visit this summer and includes links to local history, hiking trails and suggestions for places to eat.

Tip #7 – Travel Light

Headed on vacation? It can be tempting to take advantage of the free hotel toiletries, but packing your own is a great way to reduce travel waste. Refill travel-size containers or switch to shampoo and soap bars to keep things convenient and TSA friendly.

June 20, 2018