Summer is almost here, and what better way to celebrate the year’s most outdoorsy season than with digging into a do-it-yourself eco-friendly project or activity? Whether you’re gaga for gardening, tempted by travel, bonkers for books, or just feeling adventurous, here are seven ways to get your hands dirty while making a sustainable impact:

  • Build a garden. Got a backyard, a patio, a sunny window, or a kitchen counter with a little extra space? Flex your green thumb by building a garden and enjoy fresh, organically-grown herbs or vegetables all summer.
  • Learn to can (finally). You know you’ve thought about it before – learning to preserve summer’s seasonal produce that is. Whether it’s making your own sauerkraut, canning tomatoes, or simmering down freshly picked fruit for jam (best smell ever!), now’s the time! Learn how to can fresh food safely, and get to preserving.
  • Read green. When the summer gets too hot too handle, cool down by picking out and leafing through a stack of books at an eco-friendly library.
  • Road trip sustainably. Got summer road trip plans, but want to stay as green as possible along the way? Check out Ethical Ocean’s tips to avoid leaving a large carbon footprint along the way. Bonus points: offset the carbon footprint for the miles you drive, and contact non-profit organizations in a couple of cities you plan to visit, and offer to come in for a day (or week) to volunteer en route.
  • Knit a green hat for winter. Love to knit, or learning how? Make sure the yarn you use is made from organic or recycled fibers and natural dyes.
  • Clean grean. This summer, wipe your cabinets clean of all those bottles of unsustainable cleansers, soaps, and bleaches. Restock with homemade, environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
  • Ditch plastic in your kitchen. Stock up on reusable produce and grain bags to bring with you to the market or grocery store. Can’t seem to remember to bring them? Stuff them inside larger tote bags and and hang them on your door knob, so they’re the last thing you see on the way out the door.

How are you DIY greening your summer plans? Let us know by tweeting @repairtheworld.