The summer is in full swing! Last month for Memorial Day we showed you how to throw an eco-friendly cookout. If you missed it you can check out our tips here! As we all know 4th of July is the biggest party day of the summer… what’s not to celebrate? Independence and freedom are beautiful things! We hope you continue to party in an eco-friendly way and perhaps take it one step further by making your 4th of July a bit more green.

Fireworks aren’t as toxic to the environment as you might think they are. As long as you’re buying the right ones, that is. What do we mean by that? We simply mean buying legal fireworks… keyword: legal. When you buy legal fireworks in the U.S. these companies must comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations. According to these regulations fireworks in the U.S. cannot contain more than 130 milligrams of chemicals. In the grand scheme of things what does that mean? That amount is the equivocal of a half of a full-strength aspirin.  Whew! Now if only our food was just as regulated… but that’s a blog post for another day.

Now that we have the low down on green fireworks it’s also incredibly important to know how to properly dispose of them. While it’s not chemically related why these need to be properly disposed of but a safety matter of not creating accidental explosions and fires. The process is actually quite easy and practical. Simply collect all debris, unused, and those deemed as duds and completely soak them in water. Then securely wrap them in plastic so they cannot dry out and place them in your garbage can. Easy Peasy!

 

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