Although the 4th Of July is known for its fireworks and BBQs, it can sometimes be environmentally harmful. Here are some ways that you can have an eco-friendly 4th of July that can also be applied day to day.
To lower your carbon footprint, buy locally! Almost half of the fruit imported to the U.S. travels an average of 2,000 km. If possible, buy local pesticide-free produce — not only to reduce your carbon footprint but also to support small local businesses. Especially in the summer, it’s convenient when farmers markets are open.
Although using paper plates and plastic utensils are convenient, they will end up in the garbage bag after the cookout. Although it may not become “litter”, it will hang around somewhere for thousands of years, polluting the earth. Instead, use either compostable options or your glass plates and silverware. You may also want to think about using reusable coolers as opposed to styrofoam and plastic ones. Not only will they last longer, but they do a better job of keeping ice frozen.
Use The Right Sunscreen
Everyone wants to protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun. When protecting your skin with sunscreen, make sure you use environmentally friendly ones. Some sunscreens can be toxic to the environment, and every year, 4,000-6,000 tons of harmful sunscreen enter coral reefs, according to the National Park Service. You can reduce the toxic impact to coral reefs by avoiding sunscreens that contain octinoxate and oxybenzone.
While the classic BBQ over charcoal briquettes is traditional and delicious, it contributes to air pollution. Instead, have an eco-friendly 4th of July cookout by using charcoal that excludes coal, oil, limestone, or petroleum. In addition, you may want to use gas, propane, or electric grills.
Alternatives to Fireworks
Fireworks are a special closing to the 4th of July; however, they are not eco-friendly. Not only do they contribute to air pollution, the heavy metals in fireworks can end up in soil or waterways, polluting our drinking water. Limit your use of fireworks, and consider alternatives such as: eco-friendly floating lanterns, solar powered LED string lights, laser light show, and light projectors. Or you could always watch a sensational display of fireworks on your TV.
There you have it! An eco-friendly 4th of July is coming your way and we hope you enjoy every single second of it. Please be safe and have fun!
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