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If you are eco-cautious and want to know that you are making the smallest footprint possible, don’t forget to go green for the Super Bowl. Having friends over for food and drinks to watch the game is a classic American pastime. But that doesn’t mean we have to create a lot of waste while we do it. Here are ten tips from Better For All for a greener Super Bowl party.
1. Prep Food Wisely
Aim to prepare just enough food – hitting that sweet spot where everyone’s satisfied, but nothing goes to waste. Plan recipes accordingly with headcount and consider donating any unopened leftovers.
2. Compost Your Scraps
If feasible, set up a small compost bin for appropriate food waste to bring home to your backyard compost or to put out with your municipal compost pickup if available.
3. Travel Together
Carpool or use public transit as much as possible. It’s not just a great way to reduce emissions and save money but also a great way to spend more quality time together before and after the game!
4. Buy In Bulk And Avoid Unnecessary Packaging
Purchase snacks and drinks in bulk to reduce packaging waste. It’s often more economical and reduces the amount of plastic and cardboard used; plus, it’s more budget-friendly.
5. Shop Local
Wherever possible, choose locally sourced ingredients for your BBQ. Supporting local agriculture often reduces transportation emissions, supports your local economy, and it’s a great way to enjoy produce that’s fresh and in season.
6. Eco-Friendly Grilling
Opt for a propane grill over charcoal. Here’s why: propane usually burns cleaner than charcoal, producing fewer pollutants while you grill up your hotdogs, burgers, and everything else in between.
7. Sip Sustainably
Swap out single-use plastic cups for compostable ones. Brands like Better for All offer options that are just as convenient as single-use options so you can enjoy both hot and cold beverages with less waste.
8. Pack It In, Pack It Out
Remember the camper’s motto: “Leave no trace.” Make sure to pack up everything you brought along with you, including trash and recycling, especially if waste management isn’t provided on-site.
9. Cook Smart
Pre-cooking certain items, like your sides, at home can save energy. Plus, it gives you less to worry about, so you can focus on enjoying time with your crew!
10. Use Solar Powered Items
Light up your tailgate and crank up the tunes with solar-powered gadgets. They’re great for reducing your reliance on electricity and batteries.
11. Reuse Decor
Whether it’s colorful fabric banners or solar-powered LED lights, why not jazz up our space with some reusable decorations? Choosing items you can use again for a future tailgate or other events will reduce waste and make for better photo opps!
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.