Adventures in Greening: Memorial Day!


By Catherine Moran

My, oh my, how time does fly! We’re back to another Memorial Day weekend. You may already be out and about today, but if not, think about making your long weekend a bit more eco-friendly.

• If you’re going to be outdoors, do something with a low environmental impact. Planning a picnic? Pack your sandwiches beforehand in reusable baggies, and bring stainless steel pint glasses (Klean Kanteen has some nice options), reusable utensils, and cloth napkins. The idea is, when you leave, you leave nothing behind that indicates you were there at all: not even the trash barrels will have been touched!


Don’t forget the bug spray, either. How about Meow Meow Tweet’s all natural spray? Keep the bugs away, while reducing the number of toxic chemicals we spray onto ourselves and into the environment.

• If you’re going to the beach, make sure you’re protecting yourself from UV rays. Sunglasses and hats are a must, as well as sunblock. Beth Terry has a great recommendation for a brand of sunblock that I have yet to try, but I plan on giving it a go this summer.


• If you’re staying in, open windows to avoid running the AC or fans all day.  Consider reading a book, or playing a board game with friends, and leave the electronics off. Maybe even stage a picnic in the living room!


Whatever you do this holiday, stay safe, and have a great day!

Adventures in Greening is a column running on every other Monday at noon. It is written by the very eco-conscious Catherine Moran. Follow Catherine on Twitter here, or check out her excellent book blog.

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One thought on “Adventures in Greening: Memorial Day!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love this writer! She has a lighthearted and sincere enthusiasm that is so refreshing. I have followed her recommendations in the past and trust her opinions. Thank you Catherine!

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