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Question of the Week: How will you green your 4th of July?

2009 June 29

Independence Day is celebrated across America often outdoors with picnics, fireworks, pool parties, or vacation trips.  Share what you plan to do to be red, white, and blue – and green!

How will you green your 4th of July?

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313 Responses leave one →
  1. hassan permalink
    June 30, 2011

    I’m most likely going to head down to the beach for the fireworks.

  2. Jane Karners permalink
    July 4, 2011

    Well staying at home watching my two lovely kids playing their wooden kitchen playsets is my best choice this year.

  3. samsto permalink
    July 14, 2011

    Thank you so much for providing this great information. That was just what I was looking for, keep the great info coming.

  4. narsh permalink
    July 14, 2011

    Yes agree nice information.

  5. Lemmy permalink
    July 21, 2011

    I stayed at home and planted New plants in the Garden and lots of Fresh Veggies. I tried my best not to waste Energy in the home or use any kind of Harmful chemicals. It was a Great and healthy fourth f July.

  6. Jesus | Culturismo sin Tonterias permalink
    July 23, 2011

    great website. I live in Italy and I think we will visit the country with my family this summer, I hope to spend the 4th of July in the U.S.

  7. Jenni permalink
    July 25, 2011

    I stayed at home and planted New plants in the Garden and lots of Fresh Veggies. I tried my best not to waste Energy in the home or use any kind of Harmful chemicals.

    Jenni

  8. cpainhouston.org permalink
    July 28, 2011

    Just do not realize why men and women are writing comments which are certainly not relevant to the subject being reviewed. I assume this is something which we will have to avert.

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    July 29, 2011

    I am always planting new plants to help out

  10. Jesus Castillo | Como Subir la Masa Muscular permalink
    August 19, 2011

    Honestly, over the past few years I just stayed home and enjoyed the day off with my family. I really don’t enjoy the fireworks shows that almost always end up with someone getting severely injured because of negligence. Last year I had summer courses in UCLA so I didn’t go back home for dependence day. I just chilled with my buddies and my trusty

  11. kelly permalink
    August 19, 2011

    I am helping one of the local schools to build a solar panel. We have implemented, several green projects this year and this will definately be the best one. I am hoping to get the school a sponsored windmill, so they will be totally self sufficient. Already they have a kitchen garden that generates a lot of food for the kitchen. This means they only ever eat seasonal vegetables and they are reducing their carbon footprint. Thanks for the info.

    Kindest regards

  12. Chandigarh Flowers permalink
    August 22, 2011

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  13. Delilah permalink
    August 23, 2011

    Appreciate it. great way to begin the celebrations.

  14. Avocado Nutrition Facts permalink
    August 23, 2011

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  15. Marc Azada permalink
    August 24, 2011

    My children and I went to the park and enjoyed the environment. We used non disposable plates and utensils for this special event. Belated Happy July 4th everyone.

  16. Brisbane Electrician permalink
    August 25, 2011

    Plant and plant more trees or do some gardening!

  17. Subir Volumen Muscular permalink
    August 29, 2011

    Just do not realize why men and women are writing comments which are certainly not relevant to the subject being reviewed.

  18. Gideons permalink
    August 30, 2011

    When it comes to going green, you can never go wrong with planting more trees.
    That’s the approach that we are taking in our country during the upcoming independence day celebrations.

  19. Best Forex Software permalink
    September 1, 2011

    I go green as do all my family, it’s the best way to be in my view.

  20. ronald permalink
    September 1, 2011

    090111
    Hi.
    Okay, so I missed the original posting back in 2008. However, relevancy still exists in the question, ” How will you be green for the 4th of July”.

    There are so many institutional ways to be relevant, given that many organizations have budgets, committess, etc. As an individual my plans are simple because I know that within a community of stakeholders, even low budget stakeholders, you can accomplish many things.

    I have always lived in the city but have cherished my own dreams of also being a farmer. My contribution is to read about and associate with people who grow gardens. For so many reasons to include the simple fact that the price of processed food continues to increase.

    Since this posting is about the 4th of July, I also feel that my lessened dependence on commercial entities to feed myself and my love ones, will collectively contribute to the national security of our nation. There is a saying that goes something like this,” You control nations with oil and people with food”.

    I want my total and complete freedom. So my responsibility to to do everything possible at my level to contribute to the collective success of my community and country. God Bless America.

  21. Trim permalink
    September 3, 2011

    During the celebration, I will dispose off my trash properly. It is my own little way of greening the fourth of July Celebration.

    Trim

  22. n2b permalink
    September 6, 2011

    I am using only indoor grill. No pollution. See indoor grill reviews

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    September 8, 2011

    I stayed at home and planted New plants in the Garden and lots of Fresh Veggies. I tried my best not to waste Energy in the home or use any kind of Harmful chemicals. It was a Great and healthy fourth f July.

  24. W.L permalink
    September 9, 2011

    in my country, the concern for the environment and health is quite alarming, .. when walking..I am often disturbed by the air filled with dust from the vehicle, I want more people care about environmental issues and health, environmental health starts from self health.

  25. Golf For Beginners permalink
    September 12, 2011

    Always go green. I cycle instead of driving.

  26. jacki permalink
    September 13, 2011

    Just a little by a lot will make the difference…so don’t make yours or your family’s life miserable by shoving a ‘green lifestyle’ down their throat…a flick of a light switch,turning off standby mode,paper not plastic,composting kitchen waste,turn the washing machine to 30*…every little helps!

  27. www.how-to-clean-mold.com permalink
    September 18, 2011

    Going ‘green’ should be something we all do – before you do anything ask yourself whether you could act in a more environmentally friendly way.

  28. olive wood permalink
    September 30, 2011

    Thanks for informative and helpful post, obviously in your blog everything is good.
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  29. Dog Canine Training permalink
    October 12, 2011

    I stayed at home and planted New plants in the Garden and lots of Fresh Veggies.

  30. Dog Canine Training permalink
    October 12, 2011

    I stayed at home and planted New plants in the Garden and lots of Fresh Veggies. I tried my best not to waste Energy in the home or use any kind of Harmful chemicals.

  31. PropaneWaterHeater permalink
    October 22, 2011

    I think that everything should be done in moderation and with common sense.

  32. John Mickelson permalink
    October 22, 2011

    When planning 4th of July barbecues and picnics, don’t forget to select food products that use biodegradable packaging.

  33. Jill Kimberton permalink
    October 22, 2011

    Agree with the above, and understand that vegetable based inks should be referenced on the packaging

  34. fern permalink
    October 22, 2011

    I walk instead of driving, recycle as much as possible and never throw food away if I can make a second meal

  35. Gatwick Taxi permalink
    October 25, 2011

    I prefer walking or cycling instead of using my car,so that i preserve fuel,in such away i green on 4th of july.

  36. California Injury Lawyer permalink
    October 30, 2011

    Such a nice and informative article. Hope to read more article in the future.

  37. Eddie T permalink
    November 14, 2011

    I stayed at home and made some nice foods to share with my family. I tried my best not to waste Energy with my home made solar panels

  38. carpet cleaning perth permalink
    November 23, 2011

    We had our celebration outside so that we can give our airconditioning a break. We don’t had fireworks because it is said that it is not eco-friendly at all.

  39. http://accommodationinbyronbay.net.au/ permalink
    November 24, 2011

    going green should be the goal of every government around the world

  40. http://teslageneratorblueprint.com permalink
    December 9, 2011

    I guess I have missed it but I would have stayed at home.

  41. Portable Ice Machine permalink
    December 12, 2011

    Never thought much of being green.
    What I did was simple;
    Close water tap when brush my teeth (save water!)
    Switch off my pc when not used (save the electricity)
    And that’s about it.

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    December 16, 2011

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    December 17, 2011

    I walk instead of driving

  44. Getting together with family; with picnic, fireworks, pool party. Not traveling… saving oil that way. permalink
    December 26, 2011

    comming alltogether with our friends; with picnic and party. Staying at home and have fun.

  45. waihuipingtai.info permalink
    February 27, 2012

    I think When it comes to going green, you can never go wrong with planting more trees.

  46. http://proenergi.com permalink
    February 27, 2012

    Thats a great idea.
    If everyone was to do the same everytime they had a party/gathering

  47. jaffa permalink
    March 8, 2012

    Great.

  48. sydney air conditioning permalink
    March 13, 2012

    By planting new trees??

  49. http://prolapsedhemorrhoid.us permalink
    March 23, 2012

    I endorse my family, my neighbours, all of my friend for planting thousand of tress aroun our neighborhood, to create a green environment and vibrantly.

  50. http://prolapsedhemorrhoid.us permalink
    March 23, 2012

    planting thousand of trees for getting better environment.

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