Pick up some good, clean beach vibes. Coastlines catch all kinds of trash: food wrappers, bottles—and lately, face masks. For International Coastal Cleanup Month, in September, environmental groups and local authorities are organizing virtual and in-person activities. In 2019 Ocean Conservancy volunteers worldwide collected more than 20 million pounds of beach trash. Search online for a beach plus “cleanup” to find events—or start your own pick-up posse.
To grill without singeing the planet, avoid lighter fluid and easy-light charcoal, which emit chemicals. Or try a grill run on pellets of compressed wood scraps, waste that burns with little pollution.
Patio decor from plastic. Sprucing up the backyard? You’ll find many eco-friendly options for outdoor accessories, from hardy, brightly patterned mats that once were soda bottles to biodegradable doormats made from coconut husks.