4th of July may be a patriotic holiday, but it has quickly become one of summer’s top grilling days. Think of all your family and friends who will swing by your home for a good (or burnt) plate of food. As you continue to plan your small or big shindig, do make sure that you keep the environment in line.
Now this doesn’t mean you need to attach solar panels to your home for the weekend (though a cool idea), but just more conscious about the things you do and use. Here are some easy ways to go green at your Fourth of July barbecue.
5 Simple Ways to Go Green at Your 4th of July BBQ
1.) No paper or plastic dinnerware! One of the easiest ways to keep waste out of your trash is by saying no to disposable paper and/or plastic items. Yes we know you don’t want to use dishes, but there are plenty of products on the market that are washable and look great on a table. Keep a small inventory of informal cutlery and melamine dishes just as you do for your little ones. For extra credit, try using recycled glassware products to let your guests know how green you really are.
2.) Shop local for your produce. Take advantage of any nearby farmer’s markets for all of your fruits and vegetable needs. Feel free to have a little fun with red, white and blue items you can place on your table(s).
3.) Reuse decorations or nothing at all. Who says that you have to have a table fun of decorations? Chances are that if you are outside, no one will really pay that much attention to ornate decoratives. Use items that are recyclable (e.g. paper) or pieces that you can save for future years to come. If you want to steer completely away from decor, let your food and treats be your centerpiece. Nothing quite says 4th of July like patriotic pastries.
4.) Create mini recycling centers around your backyard. This is probably one of the simplest ways to go green at a barbecue, but yet gets overlooked. Use cardboard from an old box or dry erase boards to label large trash cans for your guest. By providing a place for regular trash, plastic and glass, you are creating an opportunity for everyone that will not only keep your backyard clean, but help you organize your recycling. Recommendation: Keep all trash and recycling containers away from each other so people don’t confuse them.
5.) Watch your grill. When using a grill, opt for (organic) lump charcoal for charcoal/wood grills or refillable tanks for gas-operated grills. Now no one expects for you to just invest in a spanking new grill, but it’s good to know hat there are some eco-friendly options available for the different types. Click here to read Kashi’s article on Eco-Friendly Grilling.
Want more green entertaining tips/ideas? Check these out:
- Greening Your Life: How to Host a Green Dinner Party
- Greening Your Life: 10 Eco-Friendly Home Items You Might’ve Overlooked in the Store
- Greening Your Life: How to Shop “Green” at the Grocery Store
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