Tips for a Green Independence Day

July 4th is one of the biggest party days of the year on the Gulf Coast. And although this year’s Fourth is shaping up to be a sloshy one, you can still show some love for your country, and Mother Earth, by following these eco-friendly tips for a Green Independence Day.

Cut Back on the Burgers: If the clouds break and you do get to fire up the grill, go easy on the meat. A healthy diet consists mostly of fruits and veggies, and these foods are just as delectable on the grill. Cutting back on meat helps eliminate greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming. Some of my favorite grilled foods are zucchini, pineapple, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Put them together on a skewer for a delicious kabob and enjoy.

Shop Locally: To really greenify your meal, shop for locally grown, sustainable foods. Not only will you be supporting local farmers, you will contribute to a movement that is taking over the country. Make this your shopping motto: Do not eat it if it didn’t graze, grow, or swim here. {If you’re visiting the Destin area, Rosemary Beach and Seaside hold several farmer’s markets each week. Sustainable seafood can be found at markets and restaurants on the Destin Harbor.}

Set the Table: Use glass or ceramic dishes when it’s time to chow down. Plastic and Styrofoam are non-biodegradable, so it is best to avoid them altogether. Instead, opt for dishes and utensils that are reusable to eliminate landfill waste. In addition to saving the planet, you will create a more beautiful setting for your meal. It’s a win-win.