Temperatures are slowly starting to drop! It seems like heat waves are now officially gone for the rest of the year as leaves begin to fall and people begin to bundle up. The official first day of Fall is the Autumn Equinox, which is September 22nd (less than 10 days away!).
Fall brings so much to do! New clothing to wear, pumpkin carvings, lighting candles, hosting Halloween events, going apple picking and so much more. Although, it can get easy to lose track of your goals of living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Here’s some things you can do to get the most out of this season, and still be putting the environment first.
1. Lighting Candles.
Who doesn’t love the feeling of putting a good movie on, getting a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate, all with your favourite scented candle burning. It’s practically a fall staple! However, it’s important to avoid candles made from paraffin wax. These candles (when burned) release compounds into the air that can be toxic (acetone, benzene, tolune, etc.), which can damage our environment.
Instead go for candles made from more natural ingredients like soybean wax or beeswax. These produce a non-toxic, eco-friendly burn.
2. Harvest your Garden.
Fall as we all know is the season of Harvest! If you’ve been able to plant in your garden this year, a great event you can host is inviting friends and family into your garden and have a harvesting event.
Play some good music, serve your favorite hot chocolate or cider and have fun gathering all the fruits/veggies you’ve worked so hard to grow this year. This is also a great activity to do with your kids! While harvesting your garden, teach them about the different types of agriculture that you’ve planted and have them choose their favourite one!
3. New Wardrobe? Check your closet and labels first.
“Back to school sale!”, “Half-off for Fall!”, “New Autumn Closet Deal!”. With each new season the fashion industry comes ready with a new wardrobe collection. Often find yourself getting caught up in the new season shopping blitz? Unfortunately, this is how overconsumption happens.
Shop more eco-consciously by checking your closet well before shopping and going for classic pieces. See what you have, what you want to get, and what you need. If you’re looking for a basic white shirt to add this season, then buy exactly that instead of an embellished or gold-buttoned piece. Next, check the labels to buy more natural fibre clothing – this means staying away from synthetic blend material as they will still release microplastics during washes. These two tips will help you create a sustainable wardrobe that lasts long.
4. Get a good thermos.
Goodbye iced drinks! It’s officially hot drink season. Instead of going to your favourite café spot to pick up your go-to order. It may be a good idea to make your drink at home. 91% of all plastic is not recycled (National Geographic) and those single-use coffee cups/lids/straws are definitely part of that number.
Investing in a good quality thermos (and a good coffee machine if you want to splurge!) is a great way to help bring that number down.
5. Spend Time Outdoors.
Finally, enjoy the outdoors this autumn! It’s a great time to enjoy the beauty of our environment. The leaves are changing into gorgeous colours, holidays are right around the corner, the weather is at a great temperature (not hot but not too cold yet!).
So, get out there! Checkout pumpkin patches, go on a walk with friends, go apple picking. Enjoy the most of this season, before winter creeps up on us! 🍂