Football season is in full swing, which means that many American families and sports fans are heading out to stadiums every Sunday (or Saturday for college) to have tailgate parties before the big game. While green living may not be your priority when you're grilling up hot dogs and playing catch with your kids, there are some pretty easy ways to make these occasions more environmentally friendly.
Here are some tips for going green at the game, courtesy of Living Green Magazine:
- Car Pool: Commuting to work isn't the only time when carpooling makes sense. Football stadiums are often many miles away from urban centers, which means most people drive long distances to attend. Rather than taking your car, try to hitch a ride with the other people you're attending the game with. This helps save gas and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
- Don't use charcoal: Instead of using a traditional charcoal barbeque, invest in a propane grill. This produces a lot less CO2 emissions, as well as the particulate matter that can damage the lungs of anyone standing nearby.
- Recycle cans and bottles: If you're throwing back a few beers or sodas, don't forget to recycle. Even if there isn't a receptacle near your tailgating location, you should still make an effort to collect empty containers in a bag, then bring them home and add them to your recycling bin.
Following green ideas doesn't mean you can't still have fun. These tips are effective, easy to adhere to and don't limit your enjoyment of the party or the game in any way.