Here at Mercer Foods we are dedicated to reducing our impact on the environment and our local community. We use green technology and have invested in renewable resources to be a leader not only in freeze-dried products, but in corporate social responsibility as well.
Making eco-conscious changes at home can set the stage for sustainable habits at work as well.
This summer, we encourage you to join us by changing your habits in an effort to make your everyday choices more sustainable. Below, we outline 10 easy ways to adapt green actions to your summer season.
1. Walk or bike
If your destination is less than two miles away, leave the car at home and use your own power to propel you. Cutting down on your car mileage by just 5,000 miles a year can cut about 15 percent of your carbon footprint.
2. Eat what you buy, buy what you need
Farmers markets and garden-fresh choices abound in summer. While it may be tempting to pick up one of everything, assess what you’ll actually use before it starts to go bad. Correct storage of food can prolong the shelf life of fresh items. Or, play it safe altogether and opt for always shelf-stable freeze-dried snacks.
3. Watch the water
Water lawns, gardens, and plants twice a week, early in the morning. The air is cooler and usually still. Watering in the middle of the day causes quick evaporation. And in the evening, the water just sits there, increasing lawn diseases. The best time to water is between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
4. Grow drought-tolerant plants
When working in the garden, or strolling through a nursery, veer toward drought-tolerant plants. These hearty specimens thrive with little care and water while adding color and interest to your yard.
5. Burn correctly
Campfires are ubiquitous with summer, but before you pile on the wood scraps for that bonfire, be sure you’re using safe wood and fire starters. Only use newspaper, dry kindling, or organic fire starters and avoid painted and treated wood.
6. Grill green
There’s nothing like eating al fresco and gathering around the grill with friends. Choose clean-burning propane or natural lump charcoal for outdoor grilling and barbecues. Clean your grill regularly to remove grease and food that can produce unnecessary smoke.
7. Travel smart
Thanks to advancements in technology, there is no need to print boarding passes and tickets. Just imagine if everyone at the train station or airport was using electronic tickets. In 2015, close to 900 million airline trips were taken from and in the U.S. That is a lot of paper!
8. Close your blinds
When the sun is beating down, keeping blinds and shades drawn can help maintain a lower interior temperature for your home. While the outside temperature does affect the inside, your air conditioner unit won’t have to work as hard to cool down the structure.
9. Use fans
Circulating cool air already in the house decreases the need to turn on the air conditioner. Face a fan out instead of in to remove the hot air from inside and pull cool air in from other open windows.
10. Recycle properly
While it may seem like second nature nowadays, take the time to refresh yourself and your family on the proper way to recycle. Each city has its own set of guidelines that may change over time, so knowing how to effectively sort your recyclables can make a big difference in the long run.
At Mercer Foods, we take sustainability just as seriously as our freeze-drying. Do you have any additional tips for a sustainable summer? Get in touch with us, or reach out via Facebook or Twitter.