Memorial Day is around the corner and with this holiday comes lots of backyard BBQ’s! Here are some tips on how to make your festivities as eco-friendly as possible.
- Instead of getting supplies from a chain grocery store, support your local farmer’s market. Walk or bike there to make it an even greener shopping trip. Or if you have a garden, use your own organic ingredients.
- Keep pesky mosquitoes away by using an organic bug spray/repellant. You can also set out a cup of sugar water away from the crowd for the mosquitoes to flock to instead of your guests.
- Serve your food with reusable or biodegradable plates, cups and utensils.
- Use cloth napkins that can be washed and reused.
- Set up recycling bins next to the trash can so guests will know to recycle. Clearly label the bins by paper, plastic and aluminum.
- If you are using a charcoal grill, use lump charcoal made from natural and sustainable wood. Avoid using lighter fluid if possible.
- Use biodegradable plastic trash bags to clean up unrecyclable items.
- Send your guests home with plenty of leftovers to avoid food waste. (Remind them to bring reusable containers with them)
- Clean the grill using soap and water (and elbow grease) instead of using harsh chemicals.
- Compost any leftover food scraps in a special compost pile in your back yard. Don’t compost? Save the scraps for a neighbor who does.
Source: Energy Ace