Gallery: 7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July!

 
The Fourth of July is a great time to get some sun, have a little fun and forget about the daily grind as we celebrate our nation's birthday. But just because it's an excuse to party hardy, we shouldn't forget that keeping things green and protecting our environment over the holiday is just as important as making the perfect apple pie or lighting up the barbecue. With this in mind, we've rounded up seven ways you can add a little bit of green to your patriotic party and still have plenty of fun - read on!

TIP 1: Lose the Plastics

If there’s anything worse than plastic plates, it just might be their styrofoam counterparts. One of the easiest things you can do to go green is to reach for biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery when you’re shopping for your soirée this weekend. They ring in at just about the same price – give or take a few cents – and the overall impact is quite significant. We here at Inhabitat are really big fans of Bambu’s awesome line of ware, or to add a bit more funk to your Fourth, check out this compostable Boombox picnic set from Boxsal.

TIP 2: Buy Local and Organic Food

Who wants to worry about pesticides on this day of patriotism? We recommend steering clear of foods produced on factory farms — instead look for locally-grown and/or organic produce and meats for you grill. Buying locally is a great way to better educate yourself on what you’re putting into your mouth and it supports your local economy. And if you’re looking to reduce your environmental impact even further by going all-veggie, there are some delish animal-free selections out there, including the classic veggie burger and tofu-pups. These tasty vegetarian dishes avoid the pitfalls of industrial meat production, which contributes to much of the world’s water use, emissions, land use and oil consumption.

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