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4th of July: a red, white and blue… and green edition

Happy 245th birthday, America! Our land has provided so much for our nation. From the fertile croplands of the Midwest to the clean water reservoirs underneath the sandy Florida soil, we would not be who we are today without these resources. So, let us give back to America by celebrating her birthday sustainably:

10 Green Ways to Celebrate America’s 245th Birthday:

Shop for local and in-season foods!

Photo by Floh Maier on Unsplash.

Watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe and so much more are in season this summer, click here for more information.

Refuse disposables

Use reusable plates, cups, utensils, and decorations to keep disposable plastic and Styrofoam out of our nation’s landfills and oceans. Don’t have extra reusable kitchenware? Check out your local thrift store for a plethora of cost-efficient and sustainable options.

Give leftovers a second life

Give your leftovers a second life by eating them for lunch, freezing them for later, or turning them into compost! Click here to learn more about how to compost.

Natural 4th of July decor. Photo by Debby Ledet on Unsplash.

Attend a city firework display!

Attend one of Sarasota County’s beautiful firework displays! This will help decrease the litter and pollution created by at-home firework shows.

Plastic free decor

Use plastic free decorations such as a local red, white, and blue flower bouquet, or ornately carved watermelon. Get creative with it!

Carpool

Going to a friend’s house to celebrate? Or to a city firework show? Well, don’t forget to carpool! Save on gas, emissions, and money while enjoying even more time with good company.

Buy in bulk

Avoid individually wrapped goods and choose the bulk version instead to reduce plastic waste.

Make solar s’mores!

Solar S’mores!

Make smores using a solar oven! Click here to learn how.

LED light decorations

Want to decorate with red, white, and blue lights? Use LEDs to ensure they last for many 4th of Julys to come.

July 5th beach clean-up

Last but certainly not least, participate in the 7th annual Liberty Litter Clean-up on July 5th to restore places hit the hardest by 4th of July celebrations. Visit the link above to sign up!

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