Eco-friendly ideas for outdoor fun this summer

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Screenshot (513).pngAs summer continues, people are spending more time outside. Snohomish County PUD offers some ideas to enjoy the outdoors in environmentally-friendly ways.

Solar backpacks – On your next hike, use the sun to charge small portable devices, such as cell phones, digital cameras and other electronics.

Solar powered radio – These units charge quickly for radio and flashlight functions. Many models also include a compass and a siren for emergencies.

Hand-cranked flashlight – Use your human energy to charge up a light for your tent. Optional flashing alarms are included on many models.

Hot pot solar cooker – Heat up beans, soups and one-pot meals with the sun. Some additional pre-heating time may be required depending on weather conditions.

Solar camp shower – Heat your water in the afternoon, then enjoy a quick clean-up before setting up camp for the evening.

Camping Gear – Check out a range of gear made with recycled and/or non-toxic materials, including tents, sleeping bags and outdoor clothing.

These items and more are available at many outdoor recreation stores and online retailers, such as Amazon. Click here to shop at Amazon and support MLTnews.

Other Earth-Friendly Tips:

  • Simply leave your electronics at home and really unplug to enjoy nature’s beauty.
  • Bring re-usable eating utensils and plates.
  • Use biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Pack out your litter. Better yet, minimize the waste you create.
  • Always use designated fire pits, and adhere to fire restrictions.

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