Labor Day is right around the corner and we’re all excited for a three-day weekend! With so many parties and festivals going on this weekend, it’s important to keep our environment in mind. See ways to “green” your holiday weekend below:

Hosting a party? 

Stock up on compostable disposables for food. There are many new products on the market that are alternatives to plastic. Renewable paper ware made from bamboo is also a great option. If you want to avoid disposables altogether, ask your party guests to bring their own containers for food, and they can use them for leftovers as well.

For drinks, skip the plastic bottles and aluminum cans and instead make drinks in large containers that guests can put in recyclable or non-disposable cups. Make sure to include a marker to label cups so guests don’t mix them up!

Attending a festival? 

Carpool or take public transit! Festivals are a blast, but they do result in a lot of traffic. See who else in your community is attending and share a ride, or better yet, jump on public transit to get to the event.

Getting out of town? 

Pack light! The more weight a car or airplane carries, the more gas it uses. And according to ConsumerReports, the best way to save fuel while driving is to go 55 miles per hour or slower.

Taking a staycation? 

Complete a green home project. Have you been wanting to switch out all of your old lightbulbs for LEDs, or wanting to donate materials and items you don’t need to a reuse center? Tackle those tasks now while you have an extra day to rest up.

No matter where you go this weekend, make sure to remember your reusable water bottle and/or coffee mug. It’s best to avoid buying plastic bottles and most facilities have drinking water and other drinks readily available for refills.

Do you have any other green Labor Day tips? Share them with us in the comments! We wish you all a wonderful weekend!