Green Tips for Independence Day

Green Tips for Independence DayWe all love Independence Day, regardless of our home country. Unfortunately, without a little pre-thought, it can take quite a toll on the environment and expand our family’s carbon footprint – causing needless emissions of more CO2 into the atmosphere. It is easy to be smarter about how we celebrate.

Whether our behavior changes through how we set off fireworks are managed the communal bonfire and or occasional grease-flaring barbecue, sometimes we lose sight of being green in the pursuit of celebration.

Green Blizzard has a few thought provoking green tips for Independence Day, hopefully making your holiday gathering more eco-friendly!

Here at Green Blizzard, we know it may be extreme to say someone should forgo fireworks altogether. If you can, all the better!  But if you can’t see your Independence Day without them, why not opt for just a few hand-held sparklers instead of a series of dog-scaring loud booms?  These smaller versions of fireworks cause much less harm to the environment and still offer excitement for your guests.

Lighting up the grill can also cause lots of harmful emissions.  Try using all-natural charcoal for a lower carbon footprint.  You can also include vegetables in your menu, instead of loading the grill with only meat – even better if they’re from your homegrown garden!  This Green Blizzard article explains how decreasing your meat consumption can lower your carbon footprint dramatically.

If you are considering serving read meat, try choosing grass-fed beef, which is a much greener eating option  – or better yet simply forego red meat which generates an inordinate amount of CO2 per ounce. And instead, serve chicken, fish, or bean protein. All of which emit a fraction of the CO2 that’s emitted producing red meat. GreenBlizzard article – Carbon Impact of Meats.

Another one of our green tips for Independence Day is to create many food items, such as pasta salad, by using cold cooking techniques that do not require energy-sucking appliances. The less energy you use to prepare your Independence Day spread, the more environmentally conscious your celebration!

Candle citronella

As one last green tip for Independence Day, try opting for an eco-friendly citronella candle to keep bugs away instead firing up a bonfire or using DEET bug spray. Not only will an eco-friendly citronella candle prevent using trees for firewood, but it will also emit far fewer harmful carcinogens into the air than the bonfire or bug spray alternatives. Choosing to use these types of candles is not only less harmful to the environment, but also to your own human body.

To make your event more sustainable, you can also find relevant green tips for Independence Day in these articles: Use A Solar Pool Cover, Opt For Biodegradable Place Settings, Energy Efficient Windows, Water Conservation Around The House.


About the author

Kristy McDaniel

A recent Masters of Management Science graduate at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Kristy writes about how to be green while enjoying your life's milestones - weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. Any of these events can expand your carbon footprint so much that it can takes months for your newly expanded carbon footprint to recover. With Kristy's practical, real-life, green living suggestions, you can have a blast and still be green.

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