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A Green 4th of July

The 4th of July is almost here! The holiday festivities will likely take you outside for fireworks, gathering with family and friends, and maybe even planning activities.


As you prepare for the weekend, how about thinking of ways to incorporate some green with the red, white, and blue?


Here are some simple ways to make your Independence Day a little greener:


  • In the small town where I grew up, we walked a couple miles to see fireworks instead of driving. The great thing about this was eliminating the hassle of finding a parking spot. We had to carry our chairs and water, but did I mention we didn’t have to find a parking spot? It was great! And walking home was normally faster than joining the line of cars all wanting to evacuate the area simultaneously. Obviously, many people don’t live in a small town, and a 12-mile trek to watch fireworks isn’t recommended. But many people save on gas by watching fireworks in their yards. Another great option!
  • On a hot summer evening, it’s important to have water! It’s also easy to grab a plastic water bottle on your way out the door. It only takes a little more time to fill a reusable water bottle or cooler, and this is a much greener choice.
  • If you’re hosting a group of people for a cookout, try not to use disposable plates that are only good for one usage. Some plastic plates and utensils can be washed and used again, or regular plates and silverware are also an option when the group isn’t too large. Have fun!

Happy 4th of July!!


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