Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Game Day Done the Green Way

Football season has officially started! That means tailgating and entertaining, both of which are often not eco-friendly. This season, let's all be conscious about game parties. We promise, you won't have any less fun!

Ditch the Disposables - Reusable products work just as well or better. Preserve makes reusable tableware and kitchen utensils from #5 plastics, which many recycling programs do not accept. If you absolutely must use disposables, opt for compostable items, such as the ones made by Ultra Green.

Buy Local and Organic Food - Eating local products will not only reduce your carbon footprint and support your local economy, but local products just taste better. For local, all-natural meat, our stores offer T & D Charolais and Proffit Family Farms. And we all know the benefits of organics; if you can get local and organic, it's a win all the way around!

Drink Eco-Responsibly - Purchasing a keg for the event, in conjunction with reusable cups, will create much less waste. Using a keg cooler bag instead of bags of ice will save water and energy. If you decide not to go the keg route, purchase local and organic beers. Don't drink beer? Use Natural Rocks spring water ice in your cocktails.

Grill the Green Way -  There is much debate on which grilling method is the most environmentally-friendly. If you grill often, you may want to consider purchasing a solar-powered or ethanol grill, there are many on the market. If you own a charcoal grill, use Royal Oak 100% hardwood lumps, no lighter fluid required.

Use Renewable Energy - Hand crank radios work great and don't require any energy at all for use (except human energy) or try a portable solar powered outlet for your boombox, Ipod system or other electric items. For those of you braving the cold winter games, invest in a solar powered generator for your heaters. For battery operated items, try Perf Go Green alkaline batteries.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle - Hopefully, we are all recycling at home. If you're tailgating, be sure to bring a separate bag for recyclable items. For more impact, use Natural Value garbage bags.

All of the products mentioned above which have links are available for purchase through Healthy Home Market. Now it's time to party! Go Panthers!

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