Sunday, May 3, 2009

Green Up Your BBQ or Picnic

I realize it's only May, but the weather is warming up for those BBQs and picnics. Here are some ideas for greening up barbecues and picnics:
  • Substitute pitchers of ice water for bottled water. Use our fun label to dress up the pitcher.

  • If you're going to buy drinks in plastic, buy the largest size you can instead of individual bottles.

  • Make recycling easy. Have separate bins for various recyclables according to your community.

  • Choose fresh, local and organic foods when available.

  • Avoid using paper plates and cups or plastic utensils even for picnics and barbecues. Have everyone bring their own (as they used to before paper plates were born), buy up a bunch at a resale store and donate them back after the event, rent, borrow.

  • Good alternatives to traditional charcoal include: Cowboy Charcoal, Wicked Good CharcoalKanado Coconut Lump Charcoal. All burn more cleanly or

  • Grab the kids and make a solar oven. Costs almost nothing and adds a fun element to your event.
Courtesy of Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at

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  1. Hi Ally, just wanted to let you know your blog is great!

    I was selling jewelry at a church fair in NJ this past weekend and heard about your blog through someone there. She thought I'd be interested, being that all my jewelry incorporates something reused or recycled, probably the most unique being earrings made from pieces of plastic water bottles. I'm definitely going to continue to follow your blog, and if you'd like you can check out my stuff at

  2. Hi Jessie,

    Thanks for checking out my blog. I think your jewelry designs are fabulous. Let me know if you'd be interested in doing a guest post. I'd love to promote some of your jewelry designs.

    -Ally J.