Eco-Friendly Labor Day Ideas
Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Each year, most Americans are given a day off on Labor Day to celebrate the social and economic contributions of workers across the nation. For many, it’s also the symbolic end of summer. Labor Day encourages, BBQs and parties, retail shopping, and an extra day to get things done. If you’re living an eco-friendly lifestyle, you may be searching for ways to celebrate without doing too much environmental damage. Here are a few ideas:
Hold an Eco-Friendly BBQ
Barbecues and American summer holidays go hand in hand. To hold an eco-friendly BBQ, start by purchasing organic meat, produce and snacks. Better yet, pluck that produce from your very own garden! Be sure to serve all of your food and drinks in reusable dishes. If you absolutely want to use disposable cups, plates and cutlery, consider buying compostable goods.
As for the grill, keep in mind that charcoal grills do more damage to the environment. On top of it, many brands of charcoal on the market today are filled with chemicals and igniting agents. The smoke that comes from that is filled with those fumes, which go right into your food. Try a propane or solar-powered grill instead. If you have a charcoal grill, consider purchasing lump charcoal made with real hardwood firewood chunks.
Keep Your Shopping Eco-Friendly
With so many great Labor Day sales, it’s difficult to resist heading to the mall to take advantage of some hot deals. If this is your plan, take public transportation or carpool with a group of friends. Be sure to bring reusable bags with you instead of taking the plastic or paper bags they give you at checkout. You can also bring a reusable water bottle and fill it at water fountains instead of buying bottled water all day.
Don’t have any official plans for the holiday? Get outside with some family and friends! Shut off the lights and air conditioner at home and enjoy taking part in a picnic or outdoor game of volleyball. Be sure to naturally protect yourself from the sun!