Green Your BBQ with generationME & Glass Dharma Reusables

by Chrystal Johnson on May 15, 2012

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When the sun comes out, we have a natural inclination to start doing more outdoor entertaining. And with that comes a lot of disposable paper and plastic products, like napkins, paper towels and straws, piling up in our landfills.

So I challenge each of your to reduce your waste and green your summer BBQs this year. A simple way to get started is to switch to more reusable products. That’s why I’m excited to offer one reader a great eco-friendly package of reusable products that would be great to help you get started.

generationME, an Etsy shop filled with wonderful reusable products, is generously offering a set of their reusable paper towels and reusable napkins ($24 value) to the winner!

Glass Dharma, a maker of high quality glass straws, is kindly providing the winner with a $25 gift certificate good towards anything on their website!

This prize pack has a combined value of $49! Entering is easy – just complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Alicia E. May 16, 2012 at 6:44 am

My fiancee and I are planning a family get-together before we get married, and we will be insisting that the caterers keep waste down by using reusable napkins and dishes, as well as only ordering as much food as we need. We also are having a simple ceremony with no decorations, and we are asking our friends and family to donate to charity instead of buying us gifts we don’t need.

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2 Viviana May 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

This summer I’m looking for cute fabrics to see if I can make some reusable trash bags, and grocery bags, too. It’s a fun project, and I get to say no to plastic!

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3 JennyOH May 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

One of our biggest eco-friendly steps has been to buy nearly all our clothes second hand. For my almost-three-year-old daughter, every year last year’s summer dresses become this year’s empire-style tops. At the end of the summer (or any clothing season), any with stains become household rags.

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4 Kelly A. Tanner
Twitter: girlfloyd
May 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

This summer we will construct a composting bin! Thanks!

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5 Marysa N. May 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I am using rags instead of towels, we’re doing lots of composting, and line drying all our laundry :)
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6 tami husak May 16, 2012 at 6:29 pm

reusing what i can

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7 Mayla Moore May 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

We open our windows at night to let in the cool air and hang curtains to keep the sun out.

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8 Brittany Thomas
Twitter: PistachioProjec
May 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

Drinking out of reusable water bottles instead of buying tons of plastic ones.
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9 susan May 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I’m making strides toward being paperless in our kitchen; its been harder than I thought, but there’s progress.

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10 wendy g May 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

we use fans not a/c, we recycle, drinking out of reusable bottles, we go out pool to keep cool instead of running air

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11 Melanie Schemanski May 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Not using paper products during picnics. Turning down the AC.
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12 elven johnson May 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

We don’t use throw aways & we alway pick up another bag of trash when at the beach.

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13 Margot C
Twitter: AnnaZed
May 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm

We are the most fanatical (possibly neurotic) composters ever. Summer is great because the stuff rots gloriously fast and then gets mounded up in the garden. Every paper towel that hasn’t gotten involved with meat juice or chemicals, every newspaper, every carrot peeling ~ every single one!

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14 Phoenix May 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I always recycle, but I’m doing a lot more composting.

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15 yuliya galbina May 19, 2012 at 12:27 am

byyyyyy using more glass cupps then plastic

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16 jodi lasher May 19, 2012 at 5:57 am

I will be hanging clothes out to dry and i will not let the water run so much anymore

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17 Alycia M May 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

use cloth diapers and hang our clothes out to dry

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18 Danielle @ Royalegacy May 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I like to reuse all that I can.
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19 Tegan May 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

We are tying to reuse everything instead and what we can’t reuse we buy items that we can recycle. No more non-recyclable plastic cups!

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20 polly May 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

we recycle and we reuse plastic water bottles to make our own drinks(lemonade)
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21 Stephanie H
Twitter: lpninpain1
May 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I use sun light to light my house over artificial light. I keep my house warmer during the day than at night.

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22 scottsgal May 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

not using air conditioning as much if possible

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23 paige chandler May 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I’m changing the outdoor bulbs to green

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24 Stephanie
Twitter: beautybrite
May 21, 2012 at 4:55 am

We don’t plan on going anywhere, so we’re saving gas!
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25 Amy S May 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

We cloth diaper, so this summer I am drying all of the diapers out in the sun instead of using our electric dryer.

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26 Chelsea W May 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

We’re currently composting!

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27 Stephanie May 22, 2012 at 7:12 am

We are cloth diapering and I am making my own cleaning and beauty products!

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28 Amanda Alvarado May 22, 2012 at 9:16 pm

We are using natural sunscreen when we are outside and turning up the AC when we aren’t at home.

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29 Rise Isom May 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

composting garden waste

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30 polly May 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

i like the kids monkey napkins
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31 Lily Ivey May 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

We use cloth diapers, looking into mama cloth for myself, and switching to unpaper towels.

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32 Linda May 24, 2012 at 5:51 am

I’m expecting a baby in July. Most of the clothes and items we have for him have been gifts, handmedowns or bought second hand. I found a great consignment store that sells lots of baby/kids clothes, so that is where I plan to get a lot of clothing for my baby this summer.

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33 Noelle B. May 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’m working on building a composter.

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34 Katie Amanda May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I’m going to try not to use the AC too much!

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35 Sarah B. May 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Making my own handsoap, growing a garden, using less water.

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36 Marti Parks May 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I’m using rain water for my plants.

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37 LIsa Hackney May 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm

We won’t be using foam plates and cups for our cookouts.

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38 Seyma Shabbir May 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Use fans, less A.C.

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39 judy gregory May 28, 2012 at 3:40 am

i expanded my garden this year

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40 Kasee Johnson May 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

I made the switch to cloth napkins a few months ago, and I’m switching out our camping napkins for cloth now, too! I’d rather bring home more laundry than create more trash. And cloth napkins are much easier to keep track of when the wind picks up.

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41 Rhonda Martin May 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I’m no longer buying water in plastic bottles. I use my travel stainless water bottle that I fill from filtered water at home. Saves me money and saves the planet. Win Win situation :)
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42 Diane Zielinski May 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

I found a place to recycle my papers and magazines so that’s what I’ll be doing from now on.

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43 Paul T / Pauline T May 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

walking/biking more this summer instead of using the car – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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44 JR Pickett (Vicki Vix on r/copter form) May 30, 2012 at 3:23 am

I’ve switched to using “green” cleaners and this summer I’m planning on switching to reusable napkins, dishcloths. No more paper towels. As it’s summer I can also go back to hanging my clothes out to dry rather than using the dryer.

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45 Katie Murry May 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

I’m making the summer eco friendly by not using the dryer AT ALL!

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46 Betsy Barnes May 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

This summer, we are cutting back on using the air conditioner :)

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