Sports-lovers rejoice – football season has officially arrived! While we love a good tailgate as much as the next person, they can often result in lots of trash and energy consumed. It feels great to win, but it feels even better to do it in style. While you’re busy planning your next tailgate, keep these eco-friendly tips in mind.
Reuse & Recycle
Disposable cups, plates, napkins and utensils can pile up quickly. Although it’s no fun to wash dishes, we recommend switching to reusable dishware. Not only will this cut back on trash created, but it will save you money in the long-run when you don’t have to keep repurchasing items. If you can’t be bothered to wash dishes afterward, at least switch to biodegradable cups, plates and utensils.
Beer cans and bottles can add up quickly as well – make recycling disposable items like these an easy choice for your guests by clearly labeling waste receptacles as “recycling,” “trash,” or “composting.” Be a friendly neighbor and pick up any cans or trash that might be lying around.
What’s a tailgate without great tunes? If you’re planning on going the whole nine yards with music, a TV or lights, you’ll probably need a small generator. Invest in an energy-efficient generator like the Goal Zero Yeti 150. It’s small, easily portable and solar powered.
Be a Locavore
Tailgates are nothing without yummy game-day snacks. This is a great opportunity to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables from your local farmers’ market. Not only is buying local great for the local economy, it’s good for the environment, as the average U.S. meal travels 1,500 miles before it reaches your mouth. Get creative with fresh, seasonal produce that is from your surrounding area.
In addition to the food you grill, consider switching up your grilling method. Although it’s still a fossil fuel, propane burns much cleaner than wood or charcoal.
It all comes back to the same basic principles: reduce your waste, reuse what you can, and recycle the rest. It’s easier than you may think to have a blast and remain eco-friendly. Now, go team and go green!