8 Ways to Enjoy Fall Sustainably

Hello, my friends!

I grew up in Queretaro, Mexico, where seasons are not as distinct as they are here in the US. We only had warm, insanely hot, cool, and somewhat cold season, lol. Despite the changes in temperature, the scenery is almost the same year long.

That's why I'm a BIG fall girl!! I adore the changing leaves, the crisp weather, the cozy activities, and apple picking, which I didn't have when growing up.

Today I'm sharing some ways to enjoy fall sustainably. Enjoy!

Fall foliage Blue Ridge Mountains

🍁 1. Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

One of the best ways to enjoy fall is to spend time outdoors. Go for a hike in the woods, visit a local park, or simply sit on your porch and enjoy the changing leaves. When enjoying fall foliage, camping, or hiking, remember to practice “Leave No Trace” principles. Use reusable water bottles, containers, and utensils to minimize waste, and always clean up after yourself.

🍂 2. Decorate your Home with Natural Materials 

Use natural elements like pinecones, leaves, and branches to decorate your space. Think reusable and biodegradable – items that can be composted or reused next year. You can make your own wreaths, centerpieces, and other decorations that are both beautiful and sustainable.

Different kinds of Pumpkins - Image from Canva

🎃 3. Opt for Local and Seasonal Produce

Embrace the season’s bounty by choosing local and seasonal produce. Pumpkins, apples, squash, and sweet potatoes are autumn staples. Eating local produce reduces the environmental impact of transportation and helps to support local farmers.

🛍️ 4. Shop Sustainably for Fall Fashion

If you're in the market for some new fall clothes, try shopping secondhand, swapping clothes with friends, or renting clothes. You can also find sustainable clothing brands that use eco-friendly materials and ethical manufacturing practices.

Woman in a cozy sweater - image from Canva

🍵 5. Sustainable Kitchen Practices

Warm soups, spiced teas, and pumpkin treats are the flavors of fall. When you’re concocting these delicious recipes, say no to single-use plastics and make your kitchen a haven of eco-consciousness!

Food waste is a major environmental problem. This fall, try to reduce your food waste by planning your meals ahead of time, shopping with a list, and cooking only what you need. If you do have leftovers, be sure to store them properly and eat them within a few days.

Drying rack drying reusable blue and white silicone bags in a fall setting

💡 6. Energy Conservation

The shorter days and cooler temperatures mean we use more energy for lighting and heating. Be mindful of your energy consumption. Use energy-efficient bulbs, wear layers, and consider energy-saving heating solutions to reduce your environmental impact.

📚 7. Educate and Advocate

Spread the love for our planet by sharing eco-friendly tips and tricks with friends and family. Advocate for sustainable practices within your community and help others realize the importance of protecting our environment.

🎃 8. Celebrate Holidays Sustainably

Holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving can be wasteful, but there are ways to celebrate them more sustainably. For example, you can use reusable tableware and decorations, make your own food instead of buying it pre-packaged, and compost any leftovers.

Here are a few additional tips for enjoying fall sustainably:

  • Use a reusable mug for warm drinks.
  • Bring your own bags when you go apple picking.
  • Choose sustainable candles and other home products.
  • Support local businesses.

Small child with some apples - image from Canva

Fall is a beautiful reminder of the natural cycles of life and the value of living in harmony with nature. By adopting sustainable practices, we not only get to enjoy the season’s charm but also contribute to a healthier, happier planet.

Let’s embrace the essence of fall sustainably and pave the way for future generations to enjoy the incredible beauty of our world. Remember, every small step counts, and together, we can create ripples of change.

Happy eco-friendly fall, everyone! 🍁🌿