I came across this post on AutonomieProject.com, a new Fair Trade fashion company offering stylish sweatshop-free & eco-friendly footwear, clothing and accessories. They have some great ideas on how to keep your Memorial traditions eco-friendly this year 🙂
At the Sama office we celebrate our Memorial Day in a green friendly way!
Let’s start a new American tradition of making a smaller imprint on the Earth, while still indulging in our fun! To help this new tradition along, we have put together some helpful tips on how to make sure your Memorial Day is red, white, blue, and green! ( Tips from AutonomieProject.com),
1) Green that Grill: BBQ is a true Memorial Day and summer tradition and it is easy to green your grill. Replacing your chemical laden charcoal to more earth friendly means such as wood briquettes or natural organic charcoal. Either of these choices will leave your food without the burning of coal, petroleum products, sawdust, or limestone, which are all toxic.
2) Hold the Meat: Although traditional American BBQs include tons and tons of meat! To truly green your BBQ, we suggest you hold the meat. The meat industry consumes more than a third of the fossil fuels in the US and contributes 18% of greenhouse gases, which is even more than the transportation industry! Environmentalists, along with the Sama Team :), have long been promoting a veggie based diet as a way to green your life, so why not make the switch for your BBQ this year! There are hundreds of great veggie based “meat” style products on the market such as Veggie Burgers, Soy Dogs, Soy Sausage, Veggie Ribs etc.
3) Organic & Fair Trade Drinks: Even if we try, we can not deny that many American holidays revolve around drinking! And Memorial Day is no stranger to this rule. Luckily more and more organic beer, wine, and spirits are on the market these days. Try your best to support your local micro breweries when selecting beer.
4) Stay Local: We know, we know, a “staycation” is nowhere near as exciting as traveling far away to go camping. However, traveling by car for long distances or by plane is not so eco-friendly. Now we aren’t saying you should camp out in your own backyard literally (although that can be an adventure), we just mean look for destinations close to home. Stay within 20-50 miles of your own home! You may find that there are wonderous campgrounds, beautiful hiking trails, or a pretty lake nearby that you never noticed. You can even do a search on Reserve America to find campgrounds near you or look into the National and State Park systems for local ideas.
Of course, one tip to add to the bunch, is to celebrate with your children in organic style, by dressing them on Sama Baby Organics. Our adorable fashion forward garments are festive and comfortable, are 100% organic.
Thanks for these great tips AutonomieProject.com!!
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