Oklahoman’s love their football but tailgating and football parties can create a lot of waste. So what’s an eco-friendly Okie to do? Don’t worry you can still have fun and reduce your impact at the same time, here are some ideas to get you started.
Grilling is a popular option for tailgating and football parties but conventional food for grilling can have harmful ingredients like nitrates and the meat often comes from inhumane feedlots. There are better options though and they are available at natural food stores all over the state. Here are some great options for your next party.
Applegate Farm’s hot dogs are free of artificial nitrates and full of favor. They also come from family owned farms and from humanely raised animals. Applegate Farms offers several great options including; organic grass-fed beef, organic beef hot dogs, organic stadium-style hot dogs, organic chicken hot dogs, organic turkey hot dogs, natural turkey hot dogs, natural chicken hot dogs, natural beef hot dogs, and natural New York style hot dog.
Oklahoma has a lot of great local beef and bison that is perfect for grilling but if you aren’t able to find any at your local natural grocery store, Applegate Farm’s also offers natural and organic frozen burgers. You can choose from organic beef, organic turkey and natural chicken burgers.
Meat can have a pretty big environmental impact so it’s good to try and have some meatless meals as well, so if you are wanting a meatless meal or have any vegetarians coming why not make some homemade black bean burgers? Whole Foods has a great recipe for a black bean burger that is sure to make even the meat eaters happy.
Don’t forget the organic buns, check with local bakeries but if a local option is not available try Rudi’s. You will also need snack foods, there are great organic brands of chips and other snack and also some wonderful local options. And for your sweet tooth if you are in the OKC area head over to Green Goodies by Tiffany or in the Tulsa area check out Hi, Cupcake or Kupcakz for some organic cupcakes.
If you are at home it’s best to use real dishes if possible. If you plan to have a lot of parties a good option for dishes is to check local thrift stores for a few cheap sets to have just for party use.
If real dishes aren’t an option, here are some more eco-friendly options.
These beautiful plates from VerTerra are made from fallen leaves and water. They are non-toxic and compostable. Your guests will be wowed by these eco-friendly dishes.
These wreaths are made from burlap and can be made in any color for your favorite team. It’s a great way to show your team spirit all season long.
How about a reusable banner for your favorite team? These are great on the food table, above the sofa or where ever you need to show off your team spirit.
Wanting to stay a bit more neutral? This reusable banner will keep all the football fans happy.
A table runner is a great way to decorate your table for the big game.
These are just a few ideas to help you have a greener football experience, be sure share your ideas as well either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
About the Author
Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.