The Fourth of July is the time to kick back, relax and enjoy the summer fun. As you celebrate the Fourth of July this year and kick back some brews in honor of our nation’s birthday, keep in mind that celebrations don’t have to take a toll on Mother Earth. Here are a few easy ways to begin getting some green in with your red, white and blue.
Tip #1: Greener Grilling
With all the barbecues that will be lighting up on Thursday, choosing the right grill and accessories can make a big impact. There are a variety of sustainably-produced charcoal briquettes out there as well as propane grills, which produce close to half the emissions of generic charcoals. When it comes to the cuisine, resist the temptation to buy conventional hot dogs and hamburgers. Opt for organic products from your supermarket, or seek out local, grass-fed meats from a farmer’s market. Buying locally is a great way to better educate yourself on what you’re putting into your mouth and it supports your local economy.
Tip #2: Skip the Plastic and Disposables
Both plastic and styrofoam are the staples of picnics, parades and barbecues, unfortunately consuming virgin resources and creating heaps of heartache for our exponentially expanding landfills. One of the easiest things you can do to go green is to reach for biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery when you’re shopping for your soiree this week. Other alternatives include reusable bamboo dinnerware and flatware and cloth napkins, rather than their paper counterpart.
Tip #3: Organic Beer, Anyone?
Though it may not be a popular choice at first, choosing beer made with organic hops, malt and barley reduces the need for toxic pesticides that harm the soil and contaminate our waters. Organic beer is available at organic and natural food retailers.
Tip #4: Add Some Mood Lighting
Rather than keeping on the regular lights, opt for solar lamps and lanterns. This is a great way to add some ambience without impacting your electricity bill. Set them out in the sun for the day and when the sun goes down, you’ll have the perfect setting for a moonlit dance party!
Tip #5: Pick Up and Recycle
After the festivities commence, there is bound to be plenty of cans, bottles, plates, and forks filling your trash cans. Instead of digging through bags after party-goers exit (ew!), have some trash cans designated for trash and recyclables. Recycle all that you can – the environment will thank you!
- 20 Fourth of July Recipes (Grilling, Simple Sides, Desserts & More) (foodiecitymom.com)