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2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th



The 4th of July is upon us again. I have been scouring blogs, articles and newscasts to find new green tips for your 4th. Here are some things that have been mentioned before and some new things I didn’t even think of.

1.We know Fireworks are no beuno! Besides the noise that scares outdoor animals and are harmful for the environment not to mention dangerous, did you also know that the 4th of July is the #1 day pets run away? I was unaware but I did recently find this out.

2.You know to make sure to use reusable/recyclable utensils for the event. If you are having a big party there is no need to have big garbage. There are plenty of affordable options for serving.

3.Make as little waste as possible. Give away left overs and don’t over cook. I know for parties people are always concerned about not having enough food. Purchase items you and your family will eat even after the holiday. You don’t have to make everything right now all at once. Make food in shifts. If people are still hungry you can always make more. You also don’t have to leave all of the food out. People will eat just because food is sitting there. Put out smaller portions. You can save on money and waste.

4. No one likes bug and this time of year there are plenty especially when there is food around. Try using natural insect repellents such as natural citronella candles, or essential oils such as cinnamon, castor oil, rose geranium and orange oil. You can find plenty of DIY repellent recipes online.

5. You know going local, organic and as meat free as possible is a great way to lower your carbon foot print. Make sure to do your best to adhere to those rules but also remember having to travel a far distance or spending money on expensive products sort of defeats the purpose so be reasonable with your decisions.

6. As your evening winds down you will be tempted to turn on all sorts of lights and light all kinds of fires. As tempting as fire side snacks seem there are many carcinogens released into the air depending on what you are using to start this fire. Use natural products ie plain old wood from your back yard. The same goes for the charcoal on your grill people, propane is a much more green alternative! Keep solar lights handy. If they are already outside of your house during the day you won’t need to turn on any additional lights. You can save on your energy bill as well.

7. Hand make and save your decorations. If you must purchase decor then go for sturdier options that will last for years instead of ones that might get ruined or not last the day. Making the decorations is a super fun option and activity everyone can share in. You can make it a fun family tradition.

Sierra Club Trips

Sierra Club Trips

Sierra Club Trips

Explore, enjoy and protect the planet with Sierra Club. Get Outdoors!

I may be late to the party but I had no idea that The Sierra Club hosted trips all over the United States as well the world. When you sign up to take a trip with The Sierra Club you can have your carbon immissions calculated and pay a sum to give back to a wind project called NativeEnergy to offset your carbon footprint! The Sierra Club trips try to reduce trave and transportation as much as possible to help keep with their 2% a year reduction of carbon emmissions for the next 43 year promise. When you are on a Sierra Club trip you will frequent establishments that believe in sustaiablilty and cleaning up the planet.
While reading through their trip pages and FAQ’s I found this blurb about why The Sierra Club doesn’t offer “carbon-neutral” trips and this was there response which I can’t help but love:

“Sure, we could just raise our trip prices, take care of the offset payment for you, and call ourselves carbon-neutral. In fact, we’d probably sell more trips and make more money that way. Problem is, we’d be missing a valuable opportunity to educate you about global warming and the impact that your personal choices have. We’d rather let you calculate your emissions and decide how you can reduce your overall carbon footprint by reducing travel or making changes in other aspects of your life.”

Trips like what The Sierra Club is offering I think is an excellent way to see first hand how our lifestyles impact our planet. Even more convincing is visiting the places around our earth that aren’t visited much but will be the first to be ruined completely and never fully appreciated. Its easy to continue your destructive lifestyle when you have no concept of what it is you are actully destroying.
When you purchase trips with Sierra Club you are also helping The Sierra Club stay around and relevant. The Sierra Club is doing amazing things and has even more amazing goals. We need more organizations in this world that do want to spread awareness and really help our environment not just use being environmentally conscious as a marketing tool.

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