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News 6 months ago

Clean Getaway: How to Make your Cottage more Sustainable this Summer

Summer is a season filled with joy and excitement. Still, it’s essential to acknowledge that many of the summer products and activities we enjoy can harm the environment. For example, plastic equipment is a common culprit contributing to environmental damage. Once worn out or replaced, these items often end up discarded, causing significant harm to our surroundings. Likewise, boats and fuel-powered equipment leave a lasting impact on water quality and threaten aquatic life’s well-being.

We believe that the best summer memories are made by the lake, and we want you to relish your time at the cottage without causing unnecessary harm to the environment. That’s why, as your trusted real estate partner, Heaps Estrin is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions that align with your luxurious getaway lifestyle. This upcoming season, we’re here to help you select eco-friendly cottage essentials, ensuring you can enjoy your Summer while being mindful of the environment.

Elevate your cottage experience with sustainable choices!

Beach and Bath Towels

Having elegant and comfortable beach towels should be a priority on everyone’s cottage list this year. Did you know over 1,000 litres of water is wasted in producing these beach towels? We recommend opting for sustainable alternatives. Several Canadian brands, such as Takasa, Silk and Snow, and Crate & Barrel, have 100% organic and/or natural cotton towels that last longer and significantly reduce water consumption. By supporting organic farming, you also contribute to lower CO2 emissions than conventional farming systems.

Pro-Tip: Look for “Fairtrade” products as they adhere to specific social and environmental regulations.

Refillable Shower Products

Everyone loves to enjoy awarm shower after a fun-filled day at the lake or beach.  To maintain an eco-friendly cottage routine, encourage guests to use refillable shower products instead of single-use plastics. This reduces plastic waste and offers a cost-effective and environmentally conscious solution to keep your guests and the environment happy.

Refillery Market is a refillable product company that allows you to bring a glass cup or jar and have your products refilled and put back into the bottles of your choice—a less expensive, more environmentally conscious solution to keeping your guests and the environment happy. Refill Me is another Toronto-based brand that aims to develop refillable products. Both companies will allow you to fill up before heading to the cottage for a weekend.

At the cottage: Refills are available if your products run out on the lake at Sustain Eco Store in Huntsville, Ontario.

Beach Toys

No day by the beach is complete without building sandcastles and enjoying playful moments in the sun. However, knowing that beach toys often contribute to landfill waste is disheartening. But worry not, as we have some fantastic eco-friendly alternatives that will allow you to have more fun while causing less environmental harm.

LoveLotte is a company that creates eco-friendly, durable, and environmentally-conscious beach toys. Their beach toy set is made from sustainable materials designed to withstand rigorous play, ensuring endless enjoyment. What sets LoveLotte apart is that their toys are nearly indestructible and can be composted once they are no longer needed. This means that even if these toys are lost or left behind on the beach, they will naturally decompose without contributing to the plastic waste that often litters our shores. By opting for LoveLotte beach toys, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re positively impacting the environment while still having a blast by the water.

Water-Friendly Recreation

Over the years, the use of plastic materials in water activities has increased exponentially with the use of floaties, noodles, and many more. Additionally, gas consumption has risen due to the usage of fueled-powered boats, not only for transportation but for various water sports as well.

Although these activities are a great way to create memories at the cottage this Summer, it is important to take a step back and recognize that you can still have fun with eco-friendly alternatives that won’t harm the water quality or disrupt aquatic ecosystems.

Pro-Tip: Consider Marco Polo, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, or Canoeing in replacement of fuel-powered activities.

As the much anticipated 2023 cottage season approaches, it’s time to gear up for a glorious summer of leisure and outdoor activities. At Heaps Estrin, we understand the importance of sustainability and the need to preserve our planet’s natural beauty. That’s why we recommend incorporating these eco-friendly essentials into your summer cottage routine, allowing you to indulge in unforgettable experiences while reducing your environmental footprint.

Let’s make this season one to remember, with memories that will last a lifetime.