Fourth of July is probably the most exciting and colorful holidays of the year. As the day is almost right around the corner, you have possibly started thinking of fireworks, backyard barbecuing, American flags, flag-printed apparel, and obviously, outdoor activities!
Tips for Celebrating Fourth of July in an Eco-Friendly Way
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However, holidays are also the time to think about our Earth because the age-old traditions and festivals can take a major toll on the environment. Check out these tips on how to make this holiday as green as possible.
Make the Fireworks Green!
Fireworks are an inseparable part of the Independence Day but they are not harmless. The carbon-based fireworks with their lung-clogging smoke and plastic debris may put up a dazzling display but they are no good either for the Mother Nature or for your health. Two more eco-friendly alternatives are there – nitrogen-based fireworks that are expensive and the smoke-less, recycled-paper ones that are still not quite available commercially. So, you may opt for a laser show or join a public fireworks display instead of making one of your own.
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Make the BBQ Parties Environmentally Friendly
Throwing BBQ parties in the backyard to celebrate the Fourth of July is very popular. You do not need to keep yourself away from the fun but do it in a more environmentally friendly way. The first rule is not to go for the easier option of using disposable utensils because they are not very kind on nature. Use normal tableware that can be reused after washing. Plus, use all-natural charcoal for the grill and organic traps for keeping the bugs away. Feed yourself some greens too by using some veggies on the grill and cutting back on meat. Finally, hosting a party outside is a nice way of reducing the amount and cost of energy that is used for indoor facilities.
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Choose Pollution-Free Activities
It is important to have fun on the 4th of July but avoid activities that can be harmful for the nature and for your body. Avoid anything that needs cutting trees and making fire. For example, bonfire is fun but does not do any good to the planet. Play horseshoe toss, cornhole, or bocce, or even arrange for a baseball or football match. You will get pure fun without polluting the nature.
Opt for Organic Foods
Purchase locally grown organic food for the special meals and parties you have planned to arrange on the 4th of July. Buying locally grown foods will serve good for both your health and the environment. They do not have the chemicals used in processed foods and also do not pollute the environment caused by transportation to other areas. Apart from that, try not to use plastic water bottles during parties and outdoor activities. Use large water containers and reusable water bottles and cups.
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Use these helpful Tips for Celebrating Fourth of July in an Eco-Friendly Way to help you adding a little green to your mix of red, white, and blue.
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