We’ve officially crossed the halfway point in our “Waste Less and Be Green in 2015” challenge.  Welcome to the second half of the year!!  How is the challenge going for you so far?  I’m curious how many weeks you’ve completed and what changes you’ve seen in your life?  I hope it’s been a positive journey for you, stick around because I have lots more tips to share!!

This week we’re going to challenge you to have a Zero Waste 4th of July celebration, and summer picnics.  Here in Colorado we tend to have almost as many 4th of July celebrations in shorts and a T-shirt as we do bundled up in sweats!  However, we love to BBQ no matter the weather!  Having a Zero Waste BBQ is even better!

Zero Waste 4th of July and Summer Picnic Tips



* Buy meat directly from the butcher.  Many natural grocery stores and butcher shops will place meat into a glass container for you.  (Health codes vary by area so if you can’t use your own
container ask about the most minimal packaging possible)

* Use real dishes.  Stainless steel is light and easy to pack.  Or visit your local outdoors store for light-weight-  sometimes even collapsible dishes!
* Be mindful of “compostable” products.  These are popping up everywhere- compostable cups, plates, cutlery, etc.  The catch is that they’re only compostable in the handful of places that industrial composting exists.  Many of these products are also manufactured in a super un-sustainable way.
* Shop the farmers market.  Get yummy sides from local vendors either packaging free or in your own packaging!
* Compost those corn cobs and watermelon rinds!
* Use old jars for glasses and have a big pitchers of drinks like kombucha, water keifer, flavored water, and homemade lemonade.  
* Decorate with cloth table clothes or reuse decorations every year
* Leave the fireworks to the pros and avoid excess waste from your own!
* Collect donations at your party for a local homeless shelter or other non-profit.
What are your plans for the 4th of July weekend?  I’d love to hear about them and would love to see photos of your celebrations!  Let me know in the comments below or email me at blog@keeper.com


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Olivia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and 4 year old son. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, studying about essential oils, natural remedies and herbs, as well as upcycling/ DIY projects. Olivia’s family made the move last year towards becoming a Zero Waste household. They have gotten down to one bathroom sized trashcan a month of garbage but hope to be totally Zero Waste by the end of 2015.

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4 Responses to Waste Less and Be Green in 2015- Week 27
  1. I plan on not buying any fireworks and just enjoying a firework display from local park.

  2. With using cloth diapers my favorite small business would have to be Spray Pal. Their product is so helpful for cleaning off diapers with a sprayer and you get correspondence quickly from the family themselves. I love that it’s so personal with these small businesses.

  3. My family uses reusable Brita bottles that filter the water for us. Another way I can cut back is to invest in unpaper towels.

  4. We’re not camping anytime soon but I hope our first camping trip can be in Yosemite. In order to reduce waste we’ll have reusable water bottles and water pouches filled so no need for plastic bottles and we’ll bring reusable glass containers and reusable snack bags rather than plastic bags for food storage.


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