Thinking green during football season
How to stay friendly to yourself and the environment during the busy football season.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 00:02
With football season in full swing, sometimes it's hard to think of anything else — including your health and the environment. There's hardly anything environment- or health-conscious about huge crowds piling into a stadium or mounds of tailgating trash. With a few helpful hints from Mother Nature Network, you can enjoy your football weekends this season without overworking yourself or your surroundings. Here are a few things to remember during this action-packed time of the year:
1) Avoid using plastic or Styrofoam cups when tailgating. Styrofoam is made from the material polystyrene, which is incredibly harmful to the environment and can take years to break down. Instead, opt for some utensils and cups from home, or ask guests to bring some of their own for bigger gatherings. This way, you are using materials that you already own and that you can reuse the cups for the next game.
2) Recycle all your trash after the game. The easiest way to do this is to have separate trash bags for aluminum, plastic and paper trash. Once the game is over you will have everything organized — you can effortlessly clean up in the best way possible for the environment.
3) Have organic food or healthy local snacks at your tailgate. Avoid any pre-packaged foods (mixed with varieties of chemicals) or fried goodies. Instead, try cutting up some fresh local vegetables with some organic dips, or make an assortment of whole grain sandwiches. The better you eat, the better you will feel during the game and the next morning.
4) Don't buy more than you need. One of the easiest things to do when shopping for groceries is to overestimate how much you actually need. Make sure you get an exact head count of who will be coming to your tailgate, and buy according to that number. That way, nothing will go to waste.
5) If you won't be watching the game at home, be sure to turn off all the lights. Sometimes we can be in such a rush during all the various game day activities, that we forget the simplest tasks. Whenever you leave your house for any football festivities, turn off your lights. That simple action will lower your electricity bill and save energy.
6) If you are feeling tired, take a B-12 vitamin. Football season can be extremely tiring, and sometimes an extra boost is all you need to make your game day experience the best it can be. B-12 is a vitamin used to promote the development of red blood cells and to stimulate your immune system, and it gives you an energy boost. Instead of taking one of those convenience store energy shots loaded with sugars and sodium, try a more natural approach. During such a busy time of the year, it wouldn't hurt to incorporate the B-12 vitamin into your everyday diet.
Football season can be pretty harmful to people and to the planet, but remembering these simple tasks can help us all enjoy America's game in a safe and eco-friendly manner. Check out another blog from Lighter Footstep, with even more tips on how to have a greener football season.
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