Grill the green way this summer
By Scott Meeks
OK grill masters -- break out the barbecue sauce because it's time to do some green grillin'. Summer time and grilling go hand in hand. And keeping things eco-friendly is easier now than ever before. Here are a few crunchy tips to keep in mind this summer.
- Propane produces about half of the emissions that conventional charcoals do.
- Propane burns cleanly -- meaning less smoke.
- Once you're done with your propane tank, you can trade it in for a discount on your next tank.
- Typical charcoal has additives that help with lighting and heating. Additives cause pollution.
- Some briquettes are made from trees that were not harvested in a sustainable manner. So read those labels.
- Look for bags of charcoal that say no additives or harvested from sustainable forests.
- If you find organic or natural lump charcoal -- buy it!
Lighting your grill
The last thing you want to do is ruin all your natural efforts by dousing your grill with a chemical lighter fluid. So to keep it all eco-friendly, go with some newspaper and a chimney. That'll heat up your grill and your summer -- the easy green way!
Scott Meeks is a passionate environmental journalist, lifestylist and author. You can learn more about him and his eco-ways at www.crunchyscott.com.