7 Tips to Green Your Summer Cookout

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What would summer be without barbecues, picnics, and spur-of-the-moment meals eaten outdoors? Take the "heat" out of summer cooking with these simple ideas:

  • Use less energy. Take advantage of the summer's garden-fresh produce to whip up salads and other side dishes that require little or no cooking energy. These meals often don't need to be reheated to enjoy as leftovers either.
  • Consider a gas grill. If you barbecue frequently at home, consider replacing your charcoal grill with a gas one. Gas grills generate fewer air pollutants than burning charcoal. If you must use charcoal, use a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid.
  • Choose green/reusable utensils and flatware. Whether hosting friends at your house or going on a picnic, use reusable or biodegradable cups and encourage recycling of cans and bottles.
  • Encourage guests to bike or carpool to your event. Hold it at a location convenient to public transportation.
  • Choose better logs. Want to start a roaring campfire without the air pollution? Choose logs made from non-petroleum natural wax, recycled sawdust, used coffee beans, soy and switchgrass.

  • Fill up pitchers of water and other beverages instead of buying individual portions. Our favorite easy thirst-quencher? Sun tea.
  • Buy organic and locally-grown vegetables and meat as often as possible. Let your guests know where their food came from - they'll be pleased to hear it.

 

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alaina

THESE ARE SOME GREAT IDEAS. I AM SO GLAD YOU GUYS ARE HERE TO HELP ME THROUGH SUMMER TIME. I NEED TO TRY SAVING THE EARTH.

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