We are now into September……the kids are back at school (sigh of relief) but there is still more to celebrate!! Even though summer is still not officially over, the Labor Day weekend signals the beginning of the end of summer. For many of you it will be the last chance for barbeques or beach parties with family or friends. Remember that how you choose to spend this weekend will have an effect on the environment.
So why not make your Labor Day weekend as green as possible. There are so many ways available to make your party successful but still be kind to the environment.
- Buy Keg Beer. Why not get a few 1/4 or 1/2 kegs of beer instead of buying individual bottles or cans Your guests can then use glasses for drinking out of instead of plastic cups. A little more cleaning up after we know but much less waste.
- 2 liter soda bottles. Buy your soda in 2 liter bottles rather than individual cans to reduce the amount of recycling needed.
- Washable dishware (or at very least recycled products). If you can, use glasses, plates and real cutlery (we’re sure thid kids will help with the washing up after?) If you can’t then be sure to buy eco-friendly alternatives that are biodegradable or recyclable.
- Provide Recycling Points around your garden. Have CLEARLY marked buckets/containers so that any plastics, cans or bottles can be collected separately and therefore recycled properly.
- Natural Centerpieces. Decorate your tables with fresh fruits or flowers – from your own garden perhaps?
- Choose Aluminum and Glass over Plastic. If you do provide individual drinks, then go for aluminum cans or glass bottles over plastic. Both these products can be recycled over and over again whereas plastics only have a limited number of re-uses due to its breakdown of chemical structure each time it is recycled.
- Solar Lighting. If your party is going on until late, why not get some solar lights for your garden instead of moving indoors and having all your house lights blazine away using energy?
- Buy Local Products. Make use of what is on your doorstep, at your local stores. Buy local seasonal goods instead of buying stuff that has been hauled half way across the country to get to you.
You can lead by example. The more people who see how you can entertain without leaving huge carbon footprints everywhere, the more people will follow your GREEN example.
However, the most important message this weekend is ENJOY YOURSELVES!!!
If you are not planning on having a party this weekend, you can still take advantage of the break to get down in that basement and clear out all your unwanted items. Bag up your old clothes and send them to a local charity. If you have any obsolete computers or cellphones then contact us and we can take them away for you.