It's Labor Day weekend, and there is plenty of fun things to do for these last few long, hot days of summer in the South Bay. For those who want to have an excellent weekend without leaving a larger carbon footprint on the planet, here are a few tips to greening the holiday weekend:
Keep it local
Labor Day is about barbequing and going to the beach. There's no need to rush off anywhere far. There are plenty of places where walking or biking could be a good alternative to driving a car.
Go to the beach. Hermosa Beach is having it's annual Fiesta Hermosa festival which closes down part of Hermosa Ave. for street venders, bands, and visitors. It is encouraged that people take alternative modes of transportation. There is a free bike valet service and a green shuttle bus that will escort visitors for free from several locations. visit http://www.fiestahermosa.net/ for more info.
If a crowded street fair does not sound appealing, any of the other beaches in the South Bay would be a good alternative for people that want to spend the day in the sand.
For the people who just don't feel like getting out of the house, host a barbeque. There is some prep work and clean up time involved in hosting a barbeque. It might be less work to go to a friend or neighbors that is having one.
Keep it simple
Labor Day is about taking a break, so there's no need to overcomplicate the weekend with extra waste, or energy.
Throwing a Labor Day party at home doesn't have to be wasteful. Using reusable dining utensils, and sending guest home with leftovers is a good way to reduce the amount of waste.
Gas and Charcoal grill produce carbon emissions, however the larger producer of emissions come from the amount of energy put into creating the food that is being grilled. Foods that required more energy to make like beef and pork tend to also have longer cook times than foods that took little energy to make like vegetables and fish.
Processed foods shouldn't have to be the resort snack food at a party or picnic. a general rule to packaged foods is that the more ingredients it took to make it, the more energy put into making it, and it's more likely less healthy for people to eat. Instead, have a vegetable platter or some homemade snacks and dips.