Written by Lauren Sigler, Four Green Steps
Thursday, 16 June 2011 09:08
6 Tips for Hosting a Green Summer BBQ
Father’s Day is right around the corner. Before you know it, it’ll be Canada Day and then the 4th of July! With all of these special holidays coming up, barbecue's will be happening everywhere. For those of who are conscious about the environment, having a “green” barbecue is important! Continue reading for some great eco-friendly barbecue tips.
- Location: Pick a location that is convenient for your guests so they can walk, bike or take transportation.
- Guests: Make a list of all the guests so you will not buy too much food when shopping at the grocery store.
- Invitation: Call or e-mail people—save paper!
- Dishes: Choose reusable plates, cups and cutlery instead of using disposable ones.
- Bulk: When buying cutlery, cups and plates the most eco-friendly option is to buy in bulk—prevent waste and reduce packaging!
- Meat: Try to minimize the amount of meat you serve—cattle produce large amounts of methane (a harmful greenhouse gas)
- Local: Consider purchasing locally grown fruits and veggies to serve—fewer chemicals!
- Beer: Purchase organic and locally brewed beer.
- Juice: Make your own juices (lemonade, fruit drinks).
- Gas grills: Purchase this type of grill—leaves behind less waste as a result of the natural gas and propane
- Charcoal grills: These grills contain carbon monoxide...opt for the gas grills!
- Cleaner: Use soy and natural cleaners—chemical free!
- Recycle: Separate glass, plastic and metal so that they can be recycled properly.
- Compost: Gather all the compostable materials and make sure they are put into a compost bin nearby.
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