6 easy tips to green your Fourth of July

July 4, 2018 by  
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Although the Fourth 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 six 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. 1. Go meatless for the day Nothing says Independence Day like a backyard barbecue, but the global meat industry has put a terrible strain on the planet. This year, ditch the pork chops and steaks and consider some delicious vegetarian grilling recipes instead. Although forgoing the meat might seem akin to sacrilege, there are so many more creative dishes available that are good for your health and the planet. 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! 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 landfill. 3. Use public transportation 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 a 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! Which brings us to our next point… 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. Instead of buying a stack of cans and bottles that use up a lot of unnecessary materials, consider purchasing a keg. This is cheaper, usually, and you’ll have zero waste — especially if you use your own mugs or compostable 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 recipes for 30 kinds of delicious organic popsicles . They’re so easy to make and contain none of the junk that store-bought popsicles do. Plus, you won’t produce any waste as a byproduct of enjoying one of our favorite summer treats. 6. Enjoy a sunset with wind- and solar-powered lights Sunset is probably our favorite part of the Fourth 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 vibrant colors of fireworks. Make the ambiance last and reduce your energy footprint by using  wind and solar 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 Fourth of July! Images via Nigel Howe , Shutterstock ( 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ), Inhabitat and IKEA

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6 Easy Tips to Green Your 4th of July!

June 27, 2012 by  
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Green Fireworks for an Eco-Friendly Independence Day

July 2, 2010 by  
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Fireworks are one of the best parts of Independence Day , but with their captivating flashes of light, it’s all too easy to be blinded to the fact that they’re also explosives that spew dust, smoke, heavy metals, carbon monoxide and other toxins into the air. And it isn’t just the environment that we should be worried about.

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Get Your Ultimate Biodegradable Party Kit in Time for July 4th!

July 1, 2010 by  
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Independence Day is just 3 days away, and if you want to celebrate the eco-friendly way without being left with a sink full of reusable plates, cups and utentils, we’ve got just the thing! Branch ’s handy Biodegradable Party Kit is chock-full of everything you need to have a hassle-free 4th of July BBQ or picnic — without having to worry about whether the aftermath will be sitting in a landfill for years to come. Read the rest of Get Your Ultimate Biodegradable Party Kit in Time for July 4th! http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 4th of july , bagasse , biodegradable cups , biodegradable party kit , biodegradable plates , biodegradable utensils , eco-friendly party , green party , independence day , potato starch utensils , recycled napkins

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Illumitex Introduces Square LED Light Bulbs

July 1, 2010 by  
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If we want to make lighting more efficient, perhaps we should start from the beginning: with the shape of the light bulb . Illumitex , a startup based in Austin, Texas, manufactures square LED bulbs that are supposedly cheaper, more efficient and more practical than typical round bulbs . Read the rest of Illumitex Introduces Square LED Light Bulbs http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , green lighting , illumitex , LED , light bulb

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What’s Your Favorite Animated Film of All Time?

July 1, 2010 by  
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“ My Neighbor Totoro ” (Totoro for short) is one of our favorite animated movies of all time both for its educational and nature-celebrating story and for its loveable characters. Take a minute to tell us what your favorite animated film is and why here ! COMMENT HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: attachment parenting , best animated movie , best family feature , family film , Hayao Miyazaki , Miyazaki , my neighbor totoro , nature movie , peaceful movie , totoro

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