This fourth of July, add a little green into your red, white and blue. Below are a few tips to help you make the latest holiday your greenest yet!
- Ditch the Disposables
I know, I know, they are SO convenient. However, they are SO bad for the environment. Reusable plates and utensils are still the way to go. If you don’t think you can manage that, opt for biodegradable disposables instead.
- Get Outside
Take the party outdoors with games like cornhole or toss a football. Playing lawn games or taking a hike with family and friends builds the comradery and creates memories that will last a lifetime. This way you won’t have to crank the AC or worry about scrubbing every inch of your house in anticipation of company.
- Use Large Jugs
Forget the single use water bottles. People tend to grab one, take a couple of sips, forget where they left it and go grab another one. Then you are left with a bunch of half-drank water bottles at the end of the night. Fill up large pitchers of water, iced tea, lemonade or any other beverage. If you don’t have enough reusable cups to provide, set out a stack of biodegradable ones and a sharpie. Your guests can decorate their cup that they will then use for the remainder of the party!
- Grill It Up…
There is always debate over which is better and for what reasons: charcoal or propane. But scientists generally agree that gas is better for the environment. Grills fueled by gas or electricity burn much cleaner than charcoal and therefore have a significantly smaller carbon footprint. (https://earth911.com/living-well-being/events-entertainement/green-fourth-of-july/)
- …But Not the Meat
Yes, I get it, it’s the fourth of July, but hear me out. The production, process and distribution of meat consumes a huge amount of energy, water, food, fertilizer and more. And in return, the meat industry spits out more greenhouse gases than all of our trains, planes and automobiles combined. (https://earth911.com/living-well-being/events-entertainement/green-fourth-of-july/)
There are plenty of options for grilling and cooking up some of the fresh vegetables, herbs, and other finds from your local farmer’s market.
- When All Else Fails…
Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Encourage your guests by setting out clearly marked trash and recycling bins.
We hope these tips aid in your celebration. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!