How to Green Your Memorial Day

754989_73943834Memorial day weekend is known for barbecues, picnics and all things outdoors. Sitting at my desk I have watched 100 or more RVs and trailers go rolling by. Memorial day marks the beginning of the warm weather. Essentially its the first time of the year for most to take their campers, trailers, and tents out.

But all this traveling, camping, rving can really be hard on the environment.No matter what you do this weekend, try to implement some of these tips to make your carbon footprint a little lighter.

Barbecue

  • Mow the lawn with a push mower.
  • Purchase an electric grill powered by wind energy or a solar powered grill.
  • Use natural cleaning products to clean up your lounge chairs and table.
  • Use lump charcoal made from natural and sustainable wood and try to avoid using lighter fluid.

Picnic

  • Use biodegradable utensils, bowls and cups.
  • Have a recycling bin handy, next to the trash.
  • Use cloth napkins.
  • Use organic bug spray and repellent to keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay.

RV and Trailer

  • Add solar panels to your RV. This can help save on shore and/or generator power usage.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lighting, even the running and parking lights.
  • Use paper plates instead of plastic, reducing landfill decomposition time. Picking up some plates from the goodwill and keeping them in your RV/Trailor is the best sustainable option.
  • Use GEO method for controlling odor in your holding tanks rather than holding tank chemicals.

Camping

  • Recycle what ever items you bring in with you.
  • When shopping for your trip, think ahead about what you will have to throw away. Think of ways to reduce your waste while camping.
  • Be conscious of nearby water sources. Make sure and keep your waste out of the water, use the bathroom when possible.
  • Stay on the designated trails. Traveling off the path leads to soil erosion.

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