How To Practice Good Conservation This July 4th Weekend

Posted by Livable Content Team on Jul 2, 2024 4:56:37 PM

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With Independence Day coming and, for many, an extra long weekend, it’s a great time to remember our responsibility toward the environment amidst the celebratory cookouts, pool parties and fireworks. The July 4th weekend can be a time for both celebration and conservation: there’s no need to compromise on either! This long weekend, let us collectively embrace the responsibility to practice good conservation habits while celebrating America's heritage and the beauty of our planet. Here are some thoughtful actions we can incorporate into our holiday festivities:

Opt for Sustainable Decorations

Ditch the single-use plastic decorations and opt for reusable or biodegradable options. Cloth banners are a fantastic alternative to plastic streamers and can be reused year after year. You can find cloth banners in a variety of colors and patterns to match your holiday décor. You can also make your own cloth banners using fabric scraps or old clothes. Paper lanterns are another great reusable option that is fun, festive and sustainable! They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they can be used to add a festive touch to any room. You can also make your own paper lanterns using recycled materials, such as old newspapers or magazines.

Potted plants are a beautiful and eco-friendly way to decorate for the holidays. They can be used to add a touch of greenery to your home, and they can also be replanted outdoors after the holidays. When choosing potted plants, look for those that are native to your area. This will help to reduce your environmental impact and support local ecosystems. Check our Garden’s Over Lawns blog for more ways you can landscape consciously. 

Eco-Friendly Cookouts

When planning your holiday gathering, prioritize sustainability by sourcing locally grown, organic ingredients. This supports local farmers and reduces the environmental impact of transporting food over long distances. Again, choose reusable plates, cutlery and serving ware to minimize waste, and if you're hosting a large group, consider compostable or biodegradable options. Encourage guests to bring their own reusable containers for leftovers and plan your menu carefully to avoid overbuying and generating unnecessary waste. When grilling, choose charcoal from sustainable sources or use a propane grill to lessen your carbon footprint. By making conscious choices, you can enjoy a delicious and eco-friendly gathering with your loved ones.

Sustainable Pool Parties

Conserving water in your pool is not only environmentally responsible, but will save you money on your water bill. One of the most effective ways to minimize water loss is by using a pool cover whenever the pool isn't in use. This helps reduce evaporation, which is a major source of water waste, especially in warmer climates. Additionally, ensure your pool is free of leaks by regularly inspecting the pool structure, plumbing and equipment. Address any leaks promptly to prevent unnecessary water loss. Be mindful of your water usage when backwashing your filter and avoid overfilling the pool. Use energy-efficient pool pumps and filters to conserve electricity and choose solar-powered pool heaters to minimize reliance on fossil fuels. By implementing these simple conservation measures, you can enjoy your pool while minimizing its environmental impact. Check out more ways to save on water this summer. 

Responsible Fireworks Displays

If fireworks are part of your cook-out and pool party plans, prioritize eco-friendly options like sparklers, fountains and glow sticks, which have a smaller environmental impact than traditional fireworks. Be considerate of noise pollution and its potential effects on wildlife by keeping noise levels to a minimum. After the festivities, dispose of any firework debris responsibly to prevent littering and minimize the release of harmful chemicals into the environment. Explore alternatives like laser light shows or silent fireworks displays, which offer visual spectacle without the negative environmental consequences.

Leave Nothing Behind

If you're celebrating outdoors, be mindful of your surroundings. Avoid littering and dispose of waste properly. Leave no trace behind and respect natural habitats. If you're camping or hiking, follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment. These eco-friendly practices allow your July 4th celebrations to be fun and festive while minimizing your impact on the environment. 

Additional Tips:

  • Educate yourself and others about the importance of conservation.
  • Volunteer for local environmental organizations.
  • Support policies that promote sustainability.
  • Use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.
  • Plant trees to help combat climate change.
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By incorporating these environmentally conscious practices into your Independence Day celebrations, you can further your commitment to preserving the natural wonders of our nation and ensuring a sustainable future for generations to come. So, let us unite in celebrating America and the planet, striking a harmonious balance between patriotism and conservation. Let's make this July 4th a celebration of freedom and environmental commitment. Looking for other ways to conserve? Learn more about RUBS:

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