8 Ways to Green Your Labor Day Barbecue
How are you celebrating Labor Day? If you’re from the US, there’s a good chance you’re having some kind of barbecue. Why not reduce your carbon footprint and make it as green as possible?
- Pick your food carefully. From an environmental standpoint, certain foods are easier on the planet than others. Pick local, organic, and non-processed food whenever possible. Vegetarian food will have a smaller footprint, but if you’re not ready to give up meat, consider the grass-fed, local, or organic.
- As a side note to tip #1, did you know that you can grill all sorts of fruit? These recipes from Treehugger look delicious.
- Serve your drinks from a pitcher and use reusable glassware.
- Offer organic beer. Just saying…. and hey, glass bottles are almost 100 percent recyclable.
- Reuse decorations. If you decorate for holidays, there’s a good chance that you have some flag decorations left over from the 4th of July. Use them for Labor Day too! As a bonus, you can leave them up through Patriots’ Day (September 11) and Constitution Day (September 17).
- Make your activities green too. On their Facebook page, our friends at Keen for Green suggested apple picking or visiting a local farm as great Labor Day weekend activities. That sounds like a blast for us! If the weather is nice, consider
- Celebrate nature—On their Facebook page, our friends at Keen for Green suggested apple-picking or visiting a local farm. That sounds like a blast to us! If the weather is nice, consider having a picnic, going on a hike, or playing sports.
- If you’re going out of town, see if you can carpool or ride mass transit.
What are you doing to celebrate Labor Day weekend?
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