With summer fast approachin' we are gettin' into one o' me favorite times o' year – barbecuin' season. I love barbecuin' – whether I’m grillin' up some traditional pork ribs, grass-fed beef hot dogs, or grillin' some eggplant, th' grill is a staple in our backyard. However, grillin' and barbecuin' are not always th' most environmentally-friendly activities.Here are a few tips t' help make yer barbecues a little greener.
If ye are havin' guests o'er fer a good auld fashion BBQ, plan ahead. Get a good count on th' number o' guests that will be in attendance and plan accordingly. Over-purchasin' can lead t' lots o' unnecessary waste, avast. If ye have left o'er chow dern't be afraid t' send home doggie bags with guests or donate leftovers t' a local chow pantry (if they can take it).
Ditch th' Disposables
Barbecues are notorious fer th' paper plates, paper napkins, and plastic cups. Ditch these disposable items fer nice reusable ones. Have guests brin' items in reusable containers, use reusable bamboo utensils, buy some inexpensive and reusable plates, and glass cups. If ye are completely opposed t' reusable utensils and flatware opt fer a more eco-friendly disposable option such as Bare by Solo.
Gas or Electric Grills
225,000 metric tons o' CO2 are released into th' environment from grillin' each year. From a carbon standpoint, gas grills are th' best because natural gas and propane burn cleaner and leave behind less waste than charcoal grills, avast. A second best would be electric grills. If ye run yer home off o' sustained green power, an electric grill would be th' best option. Charcoal is th' last pick, and a bottle of rum! It does give burgers that good auld “coal smoked taste,” but th' particulate matter from burnin' th' briquettes contains carbon monoxide and other VOCs that are released into th' environment. And hoist the mainsail! In fact, a coal-burnin' grill releases about 11 pounds o' CO2 per hour versus 6 pounds per hour in a propane grill. If ye can’t give up th' coal-burnin' grill, opt fer a natural lump coal instead o' th' briquettes. Briquettes contain more additives and release more VOCs into th' environment
Compost and Recycle
Clearly label yer compost and recyclin' bins fer yer maties. Leftover chow scrapes can go into th' compost and recyclable items into recyclin' bins.
Organic Food and Produce
Choose locally produced or organic chow when possible, with a chest full of booty. This applies t' beer as well. There are a lot o' great varieties o' locally produced and organic beers on th' market.
Usin' these steps at yer next barbecue will ensure ye are doin' yer best t' enjoy th' joys o' grillin' while still keepin' yer environmental footprint in check. What are yer tips fer greenin' up yer summer barbecues?