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Over 60 million barbeques will ignite this Fourth of July. By using a propane grill instead of a generic charcoal griller, you can reduce your emissions by half. However, if you already have a charcoal grill, there are some sustainable charcoal options such as Wicked Good Charcoal, which is made from industrial scrap wood produced from clean-energy turbine heat.

Looking for a sweet healthy treat to cool you off? Try making your own popsicles! They are extremely easy to make and if you have the popsicle molds, the sticks are reusable every time.

Hosting a party and wondering what kind of beverages to serve to the 21+ group? Try Sierra Nevada, a brewing company committed to zero-waste goals, recovering their own recycled water, reducing CO2 emissions, and more!

Everyone loves fireworks on the Fourth of July, but did you ever stop to wonder how they were made? Fireworks release smoke, carbon monoxide, heavy metals, heart toxic Barium, and contaminating perchlorates. Recently, a number of “greener” fireworks have been working there way into the market. DMD Systems produces perchlorate-free fireworks with about 1/10th of the Barium, reducing the amount of harmful chemicals released into the atmosphere. Of course, it’s always best to check out local firework shows instead of hosting your own. But if you are going to a show, make sure to ask whether or not the fireworks are sustainability purchased. This will help spread the knowledge and hopefully increase our respect our skies.

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