Invest in 6 American-Made Products to make Summer Cookouts More Green
Today we have found you some simple ways to add some green to your summer cookout with made in the USA products:
Burgers, grilled veggies, potato salad…oh my!!! It’s cookout time of year and I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! Food aside, there are other items on your checklist that need to be acquired. Take some of these suggestions into consideration and make your shin dig more eco-friendly while supporting companies that manufacture in the USA.
* Skip the flimsy plastic or paper tablecloths that get trashed after one use. Instead, cover tables with something re-usable like the classic vinyl tablecloth. This tablecloth, with the wipeable vinyl top and flannel underside, should last through a few fiestas.
* At cookouts, the garbage barrels are always overflowing with discarded plates and cups. Invest in some re-usable plates, cups and utensils to lessen your trash impact. Preserve makes a nice line of reusable tableware that is light weight, sturdy, and dishwasher safe. Their tableware will withstand hundreds of uses and is even recyclable. Preserve tableware can be found on Amazon at most Whole Foods, and in the natural product section of some grocery stores.
* Instead of serving the kiddos juice boxes or pouches, make a big batch of lemonade, punch or flavored water to, again, reduce your trash. Serve beverages in made in the USA cold beverage containers, like these sold at Lehman’s. Guests can even use Splash Tags to mark the re-usable cups so they know which one is theirs.
* Use recycled aluminum foil for your grilling. Made in the USA Reynolds Wrap is now producing environmentally friendly, 100% recycled aluminum foil. Even the box is made from 100% recycled paperboard.
* The blood sucking critters are already fierce this summer. Lessen the bug attacks at your cookout with a natural, made in the USA bug repellant. Place All Natural Outdoor Citronella Candles in safe locations around the yard to help protect your guests.
How do you make your cookouts and barbecues more “green”? Do you have a favorite ‘Made in the USA’ cookout product? Share with us in the comments.
Green Living Editor, USA Love List
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