Football season is in full swing and so too are the weekend get-togethers to help cheer on our favorite teams. Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or watching the game with friends at home, game days are synonymous with party foods, cooking out, and lots of cold beverages. Yet, they’re also well known for generating huge amounts of waste. Here are our top tips to help you keep the fun in game day with a few greener choices.
Reusable. Reusable. Reusable.
The greatest way to make a greener impact on game day is to invest in reusable products. Simple. As. That. Disposable serving products may be easier to use, but they’re also costly and are the number one contributor to tailgating trash. In fact, each year, more than 40 billion utensils are tossed out after just one use. Instead, consider using reusable utensils, cups, and plates, such as those from Preserve’s line of On the Go products which are made from 100%recycled plastic, dishwasher safe, and praised for being both lightweight and durable.
Extra Tip: Make it more fun by purchasing reusable products sporting your team’s colors or branding.
Buy in Bulk
Hamburgers, chicken wings, chips, and dips, they’re all classic game day favorites, especially when serving a bigger crowd. Prevent added waste from all the extra packaging by buying food in bulk. Or better yet, nix packaged (and often processed) foods altogether and serve up some of your favorite homemade snacks instead.
If you plan to grill on game day, try to avoid using charcoal, which often contains additives such as nitrates and petroleum products. Instead, stick with propane for the cleanest grilling option. If you’re insistent upon using charcoal, however, be sure to opt for cleaner burning, natural charcoal, such as Stubb’s 100% All Natural Bar-B-Q Charcoal Briquettes.
For a really large gathering where disposable products have to be used, check out alternative options such as those from Solo Cup Company which now makes a plastic cup product using recycled PET and Eco Forward plates made from renewable, compostable sugarcane. Seventh Generation makes a great paper plate product made from 100 % recycled paper — complete with a natural grease-resistant coating and whitened without chlorine bleach.
While there are lots of great ways to create a greener tailgating experience, there will also likely be some waste that you just can’t avoid. In this case, make sure to have a designated recycling container near the trash, so friends and family have an accessible an easy way to recycle things like cans and any non-reusable plastic products.