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4. Buy Kegs Instead of Cans and Bottles
Don’t take this the wrong way: Inhabitat isn’t endorsing national drunkenness but we are realistic. People have the day off, they’re hanging out with their favorite people, beer will be had. So, instead of buying a stack of cans and bottles that use up a lot of unnecessary materials, consider purchasing a keg instead. This is cheaper, usually, and you’ll have zero waste – especially if you use your own mugs or compostable Ingeo corn cups.
5. Cool Down with a Batch of Delicious Organic Popsicles
If drinking beer isn’t your thing or you’re celebrating the holiday with a handful of screaming young children, consider following our recipe for 30 kinds of delicious organic popsicles. They’re so easy to make and contain none of the junk that store-bought popsicles do, and you won’t produce any waste as a byproduct of enjoying one of our favorite summer treats.
6. Enjoy a Sundowner with Wind and Solar-Powered Lights
Sunset is probably our favorite part of 4th of July. Not that we’re excited for the day to end, but the temperature simmers down at last, and the sky fills up with the colors of so many exciting fireworks. Make the ambience last and reduce your energy footprint by using these wonderful wind and solar lights instead of turning on your regular lights. They’re easy to find at Ikea and they’ll impress the daylights out of your friends and family! Have a happy and green 4th of July!
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