Go Green With Family Cookouts

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With warm weather, comes getting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air. One of the best ways to do that is by getting together with family and friends and cooking out on the grill. In fact, cookouts are so popular that it's even become known as the nation's favorite pastime. With so many people cooking out, imagine how much difference it would make if everyone were to go green with their family cookouts.

The typical cookout consists of lots of paper or plastic cups and plates, napkins and deposable plastic utensils. However, you don't need to have a typical cookout in order to have a great time. You can make a few simple changes that will allow you to go green with your family cookouts and still enjoy them just as much as you always have.

Tips for going green with family cookouts:

  • Plan ahead by determining how much food is needed to avoid having leftovers that will need to be thrown away.
  • Note that gas grills are recommended because propane and natural gas will burn cleaner than the charcoal grills.
  • If you prefer charcoal, then consider using all natural brands that have eliminated the additives the other brands contain. Take the time to compost the charcoal remains.
  • Avoid using petroleum-based lighter fluid because these contain harmful chemicals.
  • Don't send out written invitations. Instead invite your guest in person, by telephone or send them an email.
  • Switch out those paper plates and cups for reusable containers that can be washed.
  • Instead of plastic utensils use recycled plastic that can be washed in the dishwasher.
  • Choose organic foods and grass-fed meats.
  • Keep your grill properly maintained so it will work more efficiently.
  • Make sure all waste is separated correctly and placed in the right recycling bin.

If you follow the tips listed above you will be able to reduce the amount of waste your cookouts produce and still have a wonderful summer enjoying get-togethers with family and friends. Have a wonderful summer and go green with your next family cookout!

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This article was published on 2010/04/03