The Fourth of July is a great way to spend time with family and friends and soak up the summer sun. This holiday provides an escape from the daily routine, celebrates our nation, and marks a favorite summer tradition. Celebrate the red, white, blue and green this year with these eco-friendly Independence Day tips and tricks!
When it comes to making food this July 4th, opt for an eco-friendlier food spread. This can mean choosing local and organic food options, and even using non-disposable utensils and dishware. If you are having a potluck or group celebration, try making it a "BYOU" event. Encourage your guests to bring their own items including cups, plates, and eating utensils. This will save some space in the landfill and in your wallet since you won’t need to spend money on dishware for guests.
Buying premade food from a local restaurant is a great option if catering is in your plans. Often times local restaurants even offer discounts or specials for holidays! This is a great way to support the local economy and share a favorite restaurant with friends and family. If you are cooking a meal, try purchasing as many local and organic products as you can. Most local grocery stores label their local and organic products so you can easily identify which items to choose. Avoid food options that are individually packaged to cut down on waste when possible, and always be sure to recycle your cans and bottles!
The Fourth of July brings with it a whole list of decorative and celebratory items that are usually purchased every year. Look for options you can use throughout the year that will make a lower impact on the environment, and skip single-use streamers and other wasteful décor. Many festivities take place at night, so lighting can be important. For a greener holiday, try solar or LED options. Solar lights are easily recharged by the sun and are great for the outdoors, while LED lights are longer lasting and more energy efficient. Take a look at our LED products here!
Fireworks are a favorite tradition on the Fourth of July. Communities gather to put on epic productions, and families celebrate with small fireworks. Fireworks, however, can often harm the environment and emit air pollutants. Opt for eco-friendly fireworks that cut down on harmful chemicals and pollutants if you can find them. If eco-friendly fireworks are not available to you, try going to a community firework show instead of lighting your own at home. As always, be sure to follow your city’s restrictions and laws to stay safe this holiday.
SunHarvest Solar is here to help you celebrate with an eco-friendly twist. Check out our blog for more resources on eco-friendly holidays, and have a happy Independence Day, Arizona!