Being Green on the 4th of July


This is such a fun time of year! Lots of activities and plans going on. From sports to picnics and outdoor parties. Are you thinking of hosting a gathering? Think about the waste as you plan and be green on the 4th of July. I have some great ideas to keep your party more eco-friendly.

Being Green on the 4th of July

How many people are you planning for? If you can’t use real dishes or cups, look for biodegradable and compostable options. Maybe you can even reuse those!

Do you plan to serve beer? Purchase a keg, instead of cans. Local is best anyway and your guests will enjoy a craft beer made right down the street.

Speaking of Local, buy food at your farmer’s market or look for the Local label in your grocery store.  Think about how much food you will need beforehand.

Too much food planned? Have each guest bring a take-home container to bring their leftovers home in. They will love it!

Still too much food leftover? Unopened boxes and cans can be donated to food pantries or women shelters.

Will the kids have sparklers and other fun fireworks? Be sure to pick up after yourselves instead of leaving them in the streets. This is not just littering, but harms the wildlife too.

Do you go all out in decorations? Make your own! Between Google and Pinterest there are so many ideas. I like to keep it simple by using fresh flowers and plants. It makes it pretty!

Use reusable items for everything, whenever you can. I love Green City Living for my handmade products, from reusable straws to festive unpaper towels.

Set up outdoor kids’ games to keep them active and away from the video games. Visit my Upcycled DIY Outdoor Games for Kids for a few ideas.

What ideas do you have to Be Green on the 4th of July?

Happy 4th of July! Have fun with your family and friends!

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