Let’s face it, outdoor entertaining can be wasteful. From disposable plates and cutlery to food that ends up in the trash, getting together with family and friends can turn into a mountain of garbage.
With the summer barbecue season fast approaching, it’s time to think about greening your entertaining. With a few small changes, your celebrations can be fun and eco-friendly this summer.
If you’re hosting a picnic or backyard barbecue and plan to use disposables, choose World Centric compostable tableware. Our plates, cutlery, and cups are all commercially compostable and available at Whole Foods, and Sprouts Farmers Market stores nationwide.
Grill More Plants Summer barbecues are often synonymous with hot dogs. In fact, it's estimated that Americans will consume over 150 million hot dogs over the 4th of July weekend. The livestock farming required to produce all the meat we eat takes a toll on the environment. Rather than having a meat-focused cookout this year, switch to plant-based alternatives such as veggie burgers and fresh vegetable skewers. Find some great recipes here.
Green the Grill If you have a charcoal grill, try natural lump charcoal instead of briquets, available at many home improvement stores. Lump charcoal doesn't contain additives that can emit pollution when burned. Gas grills are a better choice as they produce far less carbon dioxide and are more energy-efficient, with a natural gas grill being the most environmentally friendly option.
Natural Decor Instead of buying new decorations that are often made from plastic and will go straight to the landfill, use what you already have to decorate such as festive tablecloths or string lights from the winter holidays. You can also incorporate natural decorations such as flowers, potted plants or a bowl of ripe fruit.
Shop Locally Buy fruits, vegetables and other foods from your local farmer's market or CSA. Not only will you be supporting local farmers, you'll also be reducing your carbon footprint by cutting down on the distance your food needs to travel to reach you. Don't know if you have a local farmer's market? check the USDA website to find one near you.
Divert Your Waste Set up proper waste bins ahead of time so waste can be safely collected and easily sorted. Make sure your bins are clearly labeled for compost, recycling and trash so there's no confusion. If your city doesn't collect food waste, check out Compost Now to see if they have service in your area.
Save the Leftovers Make sure to save and freeze your leftovers or send guests home with them using World Centric's handy Store & Go Containers.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Enjoy the warm summer season outdoors. If you don't have a yard for entertaining, try a picnic or barbecue at a local park.