There are many celebrations planned for this national holiday. Lots of picnics and outdoor festivities mean lots of disposable dinnerware and lots of waste that is not recyclable. Here are some ways you can ensure that your celebration is one that won’t harm the Earth like many parts of this day’s celebration surely will:
First, while we’re not likely to abolish community fireworks shows, keep in mind that the chemicals used to create them and those that are formed upon explosion are NOT environmentally friendly. You can help minimize the damage by not setting off your own fireworks and, instead, participating in your community’s festivities.
Next, instead of using plastic or Styrofoam dinnerware, opt instead for bamboo. It’s great for indoor and outdoor use and is made of 100% organically grown bamboo and they fully biodegrade in 4-6 months and contain no dyes or bleaches.
Cooking outdoors is almost a mandate for Fourth of July celebrations. When grilling and cooking outside, remember that propane grilling is more eco-friendly than most charcoal products. There are some charcoal brands that are better than others. One way to know charcoal is eco-friendly is to look for brands with the Forest Stewardship Council or Rainforest Alliance SmartWood certification logo. Visit the Forest Certification Resource Center to search for manufacturers of wood products, including charcoal, that are certified by FSC, SmartWood, and other organizations.
Be creative with your decorations and use those that can be stored and used next year or for the next patriotic holiday.
Have fun this Fourth but please don’t forget about our responsibility to treat the Earth with R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Every little bit helps.
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