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Tips for a sustainable July 4th 
  • If you're going to see the fireworks downtown - take public transport, bike, or walk.
  • Replace plastic! Use reusable cups, plates, and silverware (Tupperware if you're picnicking!) You can always ask a friend to help with dish washing post BBQ- but if you must use disposables, opt for the biodegradable kind.
  • Speaking of  barbecues- hit your local farmers market for some meat or vegetables to throw on the grill. Not only is it better tasting than the conventional supermarket variety, but you are supporting the local economy and helping the environment along the way.
  • Recycle empty beer cans and other glass/plastics: but make sure you know your towns recycling policy first! Check out this comprehensive guide for Massachusetts here:


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Eat a climate-conscious meal this Independence day (and every other day of the year)!

     We all know it, meat is hard on the environment. Since beef and lamb are the meats with  the highest carbon costs, try to cut back on your cow consumption this summer. While you're cutting back on cow products, reducing dairy consumption can also be hugely helpful in limiting the carbon emissions from your plate. Pork, chicken, eggs, fish and mollusks are also lower-carbon alternatives that are still packed protein. 

     Fruits and vegetables have far less carbon per gram of protein and are almost always more sustainable than livestock products. With produce, you need to ask yourself how far your salad or fruit cup had to travel to get to you. Typically, the farther the food came from, the worse it is for the environment. Another helpful fruit-specific tip is to consider the strength/delicacy of the crop. A tough-skinned banana or orange is a better bet than a fragile raspberry because it likely traveled on a boat rather than a plane. If you must eat delicate fruits like berries when they are out of season, consider buying them frozen.

     Finally, if you need your beef and your berries, remember this one tip. Eat EVERYTHING you buy. Think critically about how many mouths you have to feed and how much time you have before your products go bad. If you miscalculate, consider jarring, pickling, freezing or baking your items to extend their lives. This Independence Day, free your trash bins of food waste!


Make your lawn work double duty this weekend

Take one small step to clean your local waters- become a part of ORI's Clean and Green Lawn Movement! 

ORI's Clean and Green Lawn Movement:

-Say no to quick-release nitrogen fertilizers
-Only apply fertilizer once a year (in spring or fall)
-Apply no more than ½ pound per 1000 feet of slow-release fertilizer
-Refuse the use of RoundUp

Read more about the movement and pledge to clean up your lawn here: