How to make summer more sustainable – Lisboa Green Capital 2020

How to make summer more sustainable

Summer is here, and in full force. The high temperatures, the long days of sunshine that end well after dinner, and the inviting beaches could mean no other thing.

We know that this is an atypical summer, given the whole panorama of a global pandemic, and that we must be very careful and respect the rules. However, we must also be more careful with sustainability and the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

On average, a Portuguese produces almost 500 kilos of garbage, an amount that could be reduced if we used the three Rs more. Since we are always in time to change habits and since everyone, with a small gesture, can make a difference, here are some tips that you can easily adopt in your routines or holidays:

1 – When the heat asks for an ice cream do not leave the “stick” in the sand. Put it next to the rest of the garbage and, as you exit the beach, place it in the trash bin;

2 – If you go for a walk, take bags for separating the garbage you make along the way, so later you can put it in the “ecoponto”;

3 – In this hot weather take faster baths. It is an easy way to save water;

4 – Whether on a picnic or a day at the beach, exchange disposable packaging for reusable packaging. Do the same with plates, cutlery and glasses;

5 – The cigarette butts should not end up on the ground or on the sand, because they are not biodegradable. Always have a small ashtray with you, preferably made of recycled materials, so that you can put it in the bin later;

6 – Run out of sunscreen? Whether it’s in spray or tube, it can always be put in the yellow “ecoponto”;

7 – If you prefer forest walks, do not forget that it is forbidden to make bonfires, throw rockets or light matches;

8 – Compost! Most of the waste produced by us is organic and hardly decomposes in landfills. Having a composter has many advantages, such as always having natural fertilizer at hand;

9 – If you have a swimming pool at home try not to empty it too often, as thousands of litres of water are wasted in this process. Choose to cover it when you are not using it and have cleaning equipment around, thus delaying the time of the water discharge. However, when that time comes, make the most of that water to flush or wash the car, for example.