You can also express love for your country by cutting back on the food waste you produce. Why? Because food waste emits greenhouse gases when it decomposes, accounting for eight percent of global emissions. Here are some ways to plan for less food waste.
When you’re planning a feast, it may be tempting to cut corners on cleaning up by opting for single-use products that you can easily throw away. Please don’t give in to this temptation this year. Here are some strategies.
Impress your guests with real plates and utensils. If it’s a potluck, include directions to bring-your-own-plate. You can easily explain how this novel approach has an ethical purpose in your invitations.
No one likes to host a Fourth of July gathering only to discover that everyone has left when it’s time to clean up. Make sure everyone pitches in to help. Besides, encouraging others to live more consciously is always good for your karma. Bring out buckets of water and biodegradable soap suds to make it a splashy fun time.
If you like to get into the spirit of the holiday by lining every corridor and awning with red, white and blue crepe paper decor--just don’t do that this year. That material is designed for you to throw it away. Try a better alternative.
Cheerful disposable decorations are going to become extinct in the next few years as more and more people get smart about microplastics and single-use waste. If creatures get attracted to the bright colors of the plastic, mistaking them for food, they’ll, unfortunately, suffer health consequences.
Have you ever thought of using dried flower petals for confetti, reusable paper lanterns for balloons or fabric ribbons for a splash of color? With DIY decor, you can be creative and add memorable touches of personality to your event. Just keep it either compostable or reusable.
I’ll admit that fireworks are literally “a blast.” But they also litter the surroundings with scraps and shards and they scare the nearby wildlife. You can still enjoy the excitement by joining in on one of the larger fireworks celebrations in your community. That way you can reduce waste and watch a dazzling display without risking a fire.