Barbequing, Eco-Style  
Events have come together to possibly form the perfect party opportunity tomorrow. The pool in our building was completely re-done so it now actually looks and works like a pool (albeit a cold one) instead of a green cesspool. Friends are available and off from work, the weather will be warm but not too warm, we get a fantastic view of fireworks from our roof, and we're going to have ourselves a barbeque!

I've been doing a lot of research, seeing as we've never had a barbeque and have never barbequed before, to make sure we made the best choices for the environment. I am very conscientious about what I buy, where it comes from, and its effect on our world. There are a lot of issues regarding choosing a charcoal vs a gas grill, and both impact the environment in different ways. In the end, because we have such a small space on our balcony, I chose to get a charcoal grill. I found one at Lowe's that is made from 85% recycled materials and is also recyclable, with a collapsible stand. I got 100% natural, non-petroleum or chemically-laced hardwood charcoal that will not release added toxins into the air. Instead of using the very toxic chemicals that go into lighter fluid, I got a chimney starter that uses newspaper to heat the coals.

The other way to keep the meal low impact is from the food side. We went food shopping last night and did our best to choose locally and organically grown produce, hormone and antibiotic-free lean meats, organic veggie burgers and soy hot dogs, and preservative-free beef hot dogs.

Now we'll just have to learn how to grill well. David has named the grill the Death Charâ„¢, or alternately Charmanderâ„¢, depending on the mood. Let's hope it can live up to the high expectations, or it's back to the tiny George Foreman grill we have in our kitchen. I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow, wherever you are!

2 Comments:

Yay for the great choices.

Everyday choices like that really add up.

We've also got a charcoal grill, which I find difficult to use. Consequently, we don't bbq very often. I hope you are able to figure it all out. If you do, I'll have to ask for pointers!

By Blogger Lisa, at Thursday, July 03, 2008 2:18:00 PM  

Chim-chimney starters are the bomb. Besides being eco-friendly I think they're easier to use than lighter fluid and you get a more natural flavor.

By Anonymous ch3lk, at Monday, July 07, 2008 9:38:00 AM  

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