1. Buy organic food. Support local farmers markets by buying their organic fruits and vegetables. Buy local and cut down on transportation. You could even shop with reusable shopping bags.
2. Bust out the silverware. Avoid wasting paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic utensils. Save money by using your own plates and washing them. If you must use disposable plates and cups, try to find biodegradable alternatives.
3. Grill on the “green” side. Use a non-toxic cleaner on your grill. Cut back on grilling and carbon emissions by eating fresh veggies, or grill food that will cook quickly, such as thin meats, fish, marshmallows, or veggies.
4. Buy “green” charcoal. Use 100% all-natural hardwood lump charcoal. They don’t have any chemicals or fillers, they burn faster, and produce less ash. This leftover ash from all-natural charcoal can be sprinkled around your plants to keep the bugs away.
5. Substitute lighter fluid. Try using a chimney starter, instead of toxic lighter fluid. They are inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about the toxic fluids cooking into your food.
Don’t forget to use these tips and add a little “green” to your red, white, and blue festivities this year. Not only would you be more environmentally-friendly, but you could save money as well!