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A More Sustainable 4th

As summertime celebrations ramp up, Measure Meant has a few suggestions for you to help make your festivities more environmentally friendly.

  1. Skip the Disposables -- Instead of using disposable plates, cups, or utensils, consider using your reusable tableware to lessen waste. This includes using your reusable water bottles! If you must use disposable items, look for eco-friendly brands, choose options that are easily recycled, and avoid plastic.
  2. Listen to Your Dog -- Pups are not big fans of fireworks, and neither are we! Fireworks can be beautiful, but they are really bad for the environment. Not only do they contribute to litter and noise pollution, they produce toxic byproducts that find their way into our waterways. Consider alternative ways of celebrating by using LED candles or lights to decorate your table or outdoor space. Laser light shows are becoming more popular - look for a show near you. Of course, no one will judge you if you choose to binge season 3 of Stranger Things which premiers this July 4th!
  3. Go Veg Heavy -- Consider replacing some of the meat on your plate this 4th with more plant-based recipes. Your heart will thank you and so will the environment. To better understand how diet impacts the environment, here's a great comparison of five diet types.
  4. Green Your Grill -- Reduce the amount of pollution and toxins you emit by switching from charcoal to a "greener" BBQ fuel like electricity or propane. If you want to get serious, try a solar grill!
  5. Compost Your Food Scraps -- Food waste is a huge contributor to green house gas emissions. If you have food waste, put it in your green bin. Composting food scraps is a more eco friendly option than throwing them in the trash. Better yet, save your leftovers and avoid food waste all together!
  6. Keep it Simple -- Remember what's important in life: family and friends. Sometimes the best way to celebrate is to keep it simple. Slow down, find your favorite outdoor place and enjoy it with the ones you love the most. It doesn't get any better than that!

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