7 Eco-friendly ways to cool down this summer

Posted: May 25 2016

Photo by Flickr user accolite

With temperatures soaring across the northern hemisphere, the natural impulse is to stay indoors with the A/C remote in hand. By way of finding alternatives and making the most of the hot season, what follows is your guide to beating the heat in an environment-friendly way. Got other summer ideas? Tell us in the comments below.

 

1. FREEZE YOUR FRUIT

Whip up a batch of frozen goodies to cool you down and treat your sweet tooth. Check out these healthy, fruity popsicle recipes, including Strawberry Mango Yogurt and White Peach and Strawberry Fizz popsicles.

Photo by Flickr user tjstaab

2. COASTAL CLEAN UP


Mark your calendars: September 21, 2013 is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Sign up to help the environment, and enjoy a day at the beach at the same time.

Photo by Flickr user mikebaird

 

3. WHIP OUT THE ALOE


Use an aloe vera-based after sun product morning and night to cool you down – even if you're not sunburned (and stock up on the sunscreen while you're at it!)

Photo by Flickr user mecredis

4. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE

Seek out nature's air conditioner, by spending time at the beach, river or natural spring – whatever your area has to offer. Spending time outdoors alleviates stress, and just 20 minutes of exposure to the sun’s rays will give you your daily dose of Vitamin D. Check out this beautiful timelapse video for some nature inspiration.

Photo by Flickr user Ian Sane

 

5. EXERCISE EARLY


Fit in your morning jog during the coolest part of the day - usually before 7am.

Photo by Flickr user cuegalos

6. KEEP HYDRATED


Make sure to replace the fluids you're losing through all that sweet summer sweat – drink at least 10 cups of water.

Photo by Flickr user jenny downing

7. DIY AIR CONDITIONER

If you do decide to stay indoors and power the a/c, this is your eco-friendly solution: using just a fan, a Styrofoam cooler and some ice, build your own cheap eco-friendly air conditioner to cool down small indoor spaces.

Photo by Flickr user Muffet

Adapted from http://www.goodnet.org

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