Time has flown this year! Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner, which means that the unofficial end of summer is just a few weeks away. Labor Day is all about celebrating the economic and social achievements of American workers across the country.
It’s also a great chance to take advantage of the three-day weekend. What better way to celebrate than by planning fun activities for the entire family?
Here are some of the best ideas for enjoying a long holiday weekend while doing your part to be eco-friendly and sustainable.
1. Stay Local
For most families, Labor Day is a great time to get in a final summer getaway. While it’s always nice to visit a new destination, when’s the last time you explored your local community? Chances are that there are all sorts of hidden gems and fun activities that you and your family haven’t had a chance to enjoy.
Staying local is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Most means of transportation require the use of fossil fuels, which disperse harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
If you do plan to travel, consider carpooling to save money while also saving the environment.
2. Always Follow the Three Rs
No matter where this Labor Day takes your family, always follow the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Whether you’re going on a hike, to the beach, or having a backyard barbeque with friends and family members, make eco-friendly decisions. Cut down unnecessary expenses to save money.
Some of the best ways to celebrate the holiday sustainably include:
- Reusable or recyclable cutlery and dishes
- Disposing of items properly and recycling as much as possible
- Use simple decorations
- Use food scraps for compost
Doing your part to protect the earth is a great decision this Labor Day.
3. Try Plogging
Want to burn some energy and make good use of the day? September 2021, Keep America Beautiful is hosting the 3rd Annual TrashDash. This plogging fun run is a great way to join others in a global movement to protect and clean up our planet.
And in case you don’t know, plogging is when you pick up litter while jogging. This is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy.
Be sure to get your plogging practice in, and remember, every piece of litter you pick up ensures a safer and cleaner community.
There are tons of ways to volunteer on Labor Day and beyond. One of the most popular volunteer programs is the Great American Cleanup. This is the country’s largest community improvement program that runs through October 18.
This program encourages adults and kids to do their part in cleaning up local beaches and parks. You can even plant a community garden!
The last year has been nothing short of challenging. Make this Labor Day Weekend one to remember by doing your part to keep America beautiful and free of trash and litter. Sustainably celebrating the unofficial end of summer fun means that the whole family can have fun while making our planet better.