Summertime green habits

Summer provides opportunities to establish eco-friendly habits 

Plant native landscaping – it’ll thrive without much additional watering.

Mow less frequently – longer grass shades itself, preserving soil moisture and mowing less often reduces fuel usage and the amount of emissions from it.

Overwinter plants – bring in plants from the garden when weather turns cold to keep them alive all winter, then replant them outdoors next season.

Use ocean (reef) friendly sunscreen – made with non-micronized zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

Choose reusable, biodegradable or edible dinnerware – instead of disposable items, reduce waste by using items like biodegradable, edible wheat bran plates and seaweed-based edible straws.

Plant natural pest control – Marigolds, rosemary, mint, lemongrass, garlic, lavender, basil, catnip and petunias deter pests without chemicals.

Water your plants one less time per week – this practice can reduce water consumption 10-15%.

Volunteer at organizations dedicated to green causes – if you find yourself with extra time on your hands, it’s a valuable resource to share in the interest of the environment.

Alpine Bank places a high priority on the environment. Read more about our commitment here.

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Pete Yang

Pete Yang is a senior vice president for Alpine Bank and the co-chair of Alpine's "Green Team." He's based in Aspen, where he handles commercial and consumer loans, with a particular focus on resort financing. He has a keen interest in protecting Colorado's unmatched mountain environment.

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