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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tips to Green Your Fourth of July Celebration

By Scarlet Paolicchi

            

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, outdoor celebrations are top of mind as we all think of ways to celebrate our freedom. From backyard barbeques, picnics in the park and time at the beach, there are endless ways to enjoy the day. As you prepare for your activities this holiday, keep your environment in mind by going green with these tips!

Food:

•    Although most of us associate barbeques with grilling burgers, hot dogs and chicken, incorporate some meatless options to your menu like grilled barbeque tofu or this recipe for southwestern pasta salad. Learn more about why reducing your meat consumption can lessen your environmental footprint here.

•    Avoid individually packaged servings. Party-sized options are not only more economical, they also produce considerably less waste.

Supplies:

•    If you plan on serving drinks in plastic cups, make sure you have a permanent marker handy. Have each guest write their name on their cups to prevent the use of multiple cups.

•    Use serving supplies made from recycled materials when possible, such as recycled paper napkins or plates.  

recycling station for party•    If you have access to a commercial composting facility that accepts food scraps and compostable bags, use Ziploc® Brand Compostable Food Storage Bags* to store leftovers in.

Disposal Options:

•    Make sure each recycling bin is clearly labeled with its acceptable deposits. This will prevent people from tossing materials in the wrong bins.

•    Consider investing in or creating a compost bin to help reduce food waste. Make sure you choose a container with a lid to avoid attracting insects.

Small adjustments such as these can help create a greener Fourth of July celebration for you, your guests and the environment.

What are some of your ideas to hosting a greener get-together? I'd love to hear them!  Share ideas in the comment section below.

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

* Ziploc Brand® Compostable Bags are not for backyard composting. For use only with curbside commercial composting that accepts food scraps and compostable bags. Check for availability in your community; these facilities do not exist in many areas. If you have curbside commercial composting, be sure to determine what types of food scraps are accepted.

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