It’s the 4th of July and all of America is celebrating its Independence Day. Many use this time to head to the beach, visit landmarks, take the kids to watch 4th of July parades and grilling!
For you grill masters out there looking for some last minute grilling tips that are also good for the environment, here are 20 great ones for today or the next time you’re grilling this summer:
1. Plan ahead so you don’t have too much food.
2. Use natural charcoal or better yet natural gas or propane grill which are more environmentally friendly.
3. Buy local produce from local farmer’s markets
4. Buy organic foods
5. Consider vegan or vegetarian options which are better for the digestive system
6. Use all natural insect repellent and bug sprays which are better on the skin, especially for small children
7. Bring home the goods in a recyclable or paper not plastic bags
8. Serve food on reusable plates and utensils or biodegradable or recyclable flat and tableware
9. Start your fire with a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid
10. Cook with pans and items made of recyclable materials
11. Spread the energy consumed cooking around by having guests bring a dish
12. Grill as much as you can, and even cook the foods in the burners on the grill because it saves energy
13. Cover pans while cooking to reduce cooking time or energy bill if you are cooking on the stove in the kitchen
14. Cut up the food into smaller pieces to let them cook faster and save energy
15. Consider using a water-filter pitcher or a faucet mounted filter for water instead of bottle water
16. Mix up a batch of lemonade or iced tea and serve in a large pitcher or punch bowl to cut down on cans and plastic bottles
17. Figure out creative ways to “remix” the leftovers rather than dump them out.
18. Compost the veggies or grill scraps.
19. Clean up using non-toxic cleansers and Green cleaning products
20. Recycle when you’re done!