5 (mostly) free and easy ways to green your Fourth of July

July 4, 2018 by  
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Independence Day  is here — are you ready? If you want to celebrate your Fourth the green way by freeing yourself from the shackles of  unnecessary waste  and  energy  usage but are low on funds and ideas, check out our five creative tips on how to green your holiday — they’re as easy on your wallet as they are hassle-free! Substitute veggie dogs and burgers for hot dogs and hamburgers Raising livestock uses an incredible amount of energy and releases tons of methane into the air. This year, try serving soy dogs and burgers instead of meat — they’re better for the environment and for your health. And a lot of times, people can’t even tell the difference! Cost: $3-4 a box on average Ask guests to carpool or walk With people trying to save money, this one shouldn’t be too difficult at all. Plus, if you remind imbibers that the less cars there are, the less (responsible) drivers are needed, they’ll have yet another reason to carpool or walk. Cost: nothing Have a “Bring Your Own Cup” party Plastic cups are one of the most wasteful parts of having a summer bash. Asking guests to bring their own cups means that no one will forget which cup is theirs, and you won’t need to clean up after them because they just take their dirty drinkware home with them! Cost: nothing Ask caterers to make it “Eco to go” If you’re planning on ordering out for your party, use this simple phrase to tell restaurants that you would like minimal packaging, condiments and utensils. They might not know what you mean at first, but the more people use it, the more vendors will know what it means and that they should get with the program. Buy your charcoal from sustainably managed forests Not all charcoal is created equal. Check for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo on the bag you buy to make sure it isn’t from an unsustainable source. And if you can use charcoal from the U.S. instead of from abroad, that’s even better! Cost: Surprisingly, FSC-certified and U.S.-sourced charcoal isn’t too much more expensive than the alternative. Have a great, green Fourth of July everyone! Images via Port of San Diego , Depositphotos , David Goehring , Didriks , Michael Mandiberg , and Julian Colton

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Brilliant SUNplace table lets you cook with magnified sunlight on a cast iron surface

May 30, 2016 by  
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The Sunplace is a concept piece created by an Italian and Singaporan brings together the couple’s diverse perspectives to create a practical and inspiring BBQ tool for social gatherings. Solar-powered cooking devices are typically pretty simple; there aren’t a lot of steps needed to convert sunbeams into cook-worthy energy, just a little concentration. In the Sunplace, an adjustable fresnel lens heats the cast iron cooking surface, concentrating the sun’s energy and directing it where it needs to go. Related: SunOven provides solar kitchens for developing countries The Sunplace table is a new-fangled green gadget , but that’s not its only purpose. The table was designed to be used not by a solitary “grillmaster” but by a group of individuals, all pitching in with their own tools, taking turns tending to the food in close proximity to one another. The designers want to “promote interpersonal relationships” and “recover the ritual of the banquet as a shared moment” through this unusual cooking surface, according to their website. Gloves and special protective eyewear are the required uniform for this BBQ party, although one could certainly pair those with a favorite “Kiss the cook” apron, for an extra, loving touch. + Lanzavecchia & Wai Via Fast Company Images via Angelo Becci for Lanzavecchia & Wai

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Wasara: Compostable Japanese Tableware is Ephemeral and Beautiful

April 27, 2011 by  
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Give your next afternoon tea party or picnic at the park an elegant Japanese twist with Wasara ‘s biodegradable tableware.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

April 27, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion 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: “sustainable architecture” , built environment , digital divide , Eco Architecture , environmental awareness , Film , information systems , renderings , South Africa , Urban Environment , vertical farms

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DIY Altoids Mini BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

September 6, 2010 by  
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Happy Labor Day! As households across the states prepare to fire up the BBQ today, why not give your grilling a smaller footprint this year with this awesome mini grill made from a tin of Altoids ! This ingenious DIY project was pulled together using an empty tin of Altoids Sours, two salvaged computer fan guards, and a bunch of nuts and bolts, and it’s large enough to hold a single veggie dog or hamburger patty. Don’t forget to check out our guide to throwing a greener BBQ for more great last-minute eco tips! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bbq , diy altoids grill , dyi , green bbq , green design , Recycled Materials , repurposing , sustainable design , upcycling

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Banksy’s Coin-Operated, Politically Charged Dolphin Ride Mocks BP

September 6, 2010 by  
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If you think this dolphin looks furious — it is — and with good reason! This colorful kiddie ride comes courtesy of gleeful art prankster Banksy , an artist well known for his graffiti and politically charged installations. In his most recent creation, the artist transformed a coin-operated ride into a searing statement against the BP oil spill.

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The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

September 3, 2010 by  
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Talk about upcycling — this tiny barbeque grill is made from a single Altoids Sours tin, two salvaged computer fan guards and a handful of nuts and screws, and it’s big enough to handle a wiener or a hamburger patty! Instructables user vmspionage claims that he (or she) got the inspiration from the eBq , which employs the larger Altoids mints tin, but in the name of progress vmspionage has made that original grill look like a 1980s computer by comparison. Read the rest of The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome! 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: altoids , bbq grill , green bbq , repurposing , upcycling , vmspionage

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New LEED Gold Old Faithful Education Center in Yellowstone

September 3, 2010 by  
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New Black Silicon Solar Cells are Cheap and Absorb More Sun

September 3, 2010 by  
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While the reflective and shiny  solar panels that researchers have been making thus far look pretty, they’re no match for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) recently discovered black silicon solar cell. The scientists at NREL discovered that etching thousands of tiny holes into a silicon wafer causes it to be almost black and thus able to absorb almost all of the sun’s rays, and more absorbent solar cells mean more efficient panels

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5 Easy and Economical Ways to Green Up Your 4th of July!

July 4, 2010 by  
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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! If you’re stateside you’ll most likely be spending this lovely Sunday grilling up some veggie burgers and biting into huge slices of watermelon. But before you get going with the festivities, don’t forget that the best way to show your love for America is to party green ! We’ve rounded up five awesome tips to turn you fourth of July into a salute to sustainable living. From bringing your own party drinking cup, to eating Tofu Pups , our handy tips will definitely green up any gathering and maybe even save you a few bucks along the way! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly july 4th , garden burger , green bbq , green celebration , green independence day , green party , sustainable july fourth , tofu pup , uncle sam wants you to have a green 4th of july

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