Gallery: 6 Easy Tips to Green Your 4th of July!

Although the 4th of July is a wonderful time to celebrate our freedom with friends and family, with all the cups, utensils and fireworks we end up using, it's also one of our most wasteful holidays! So this year, why not take advantage of our 6 ideas that will help you green-up your festivities without sacrificing an ounce of fun. In fact, it might surprise you to find that following our tips could actually increase the fun quotient while sparing the planet at the same time.

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1. Go Meatless for the Day

Nothing says 4th of July like a backyard barbecue but the global meat industry has put a terrible strain on the planet. So this year, why not ditch the pork chops and steaks and consider some delicious vegetarian grilling recipes instead. Although ditching the meat might seem akin to sacrilege, there are so many more creative dishes available that are good for your health and the planet.

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2. Use Real Plates

When you have 15 guests coming around, it’s so easy to break out the paper plates to avoid a sink full of dishes, but imagine the waste if every American went this route. This year, if washing your own dishes in a water-saving dishwasher doesn’t sound appealing, it is now possible to purchase biodegradable packaging that won’t clog up the land fill.

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3. Use Public Transportation

So, if you live out in the middle of Iowa, taking a bus or train to your friend’s house might not be possible for you. But most city dwellers certainly do have this option. Using public transportation or even cycling instead of driving your own car has more than one benefit: not only will you reduce your carbon footprint for the day, but you won’t have to drive home after drinking a pile of beer! Which brings us to our next point…


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