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Happy 4th of July from everyone at 1:1! How are you celebrating our national holiday?

4th of July stands for a holiday of patriotism. All things American. USA, hey, hey, hey! And golly, do we get behind that! Part of our pride is ensuring the places we live and love are as healthy, clean, green, and vibrant as possible.

From our team to you, we have a few creative ideas about how to be resourceful and reduce waste while saving cash AND being American. We’re suggesting ways to reuse, recycle, cut down on traffic and shop smart. Oh, AND we’re including our favorite recipes, chosen for their simplicity and festive themes.

Quick tips:

1- Reduce and reuse (then recycle)

If you’re having people over or going to a friend’s house, use your own plates and utensils instead of disposable serveware. If you don’t want to use your own serveware, the next best solution is… plastic if you’re in San Diego County. Recently, all plastics #1-7 are recyclable in San Diego County. Be sure to check your city or county recycling guidelines before purchasing! Earth911 or your local government website are great resources.

Buying in bulk reduces the amount of packaging, store visits, and often a cheaper option.

At 1:1, we have a movement to reduce the use of straws in the United States. Join the Last Straw pledge by not using a straw on the 4th of July. “No straw, please” is a simply ask as you order a beverage!

Fact: The majority of straws cannot be recycled or composted in the United States. They account for much of the plastic that ends up in landfills and are one of the top ten plastics found on beaches in the U.S.

2- Recycle & Compost Waste

Set up a recycling bin and compost bin next to trash cans so guests can sort their trash into each bin. If you do use disposable cups and plates, compost them or recycle them. If you’ve made the effort to buy the recyclable cups, make sure to actually recycle them! Not to mention you might be able to return cans and bottles to recycling centers for cash.

Fact: The U.S. generated 32 million tons of plastic in 2011, and only 8% of the total plastic was recycled.

3- Cut down on Traffic

The freeways will be jammed and parking will be difficult to find. If you have the idea to go to the beach or park for 4th of July, many people also have the same idea. Establish a designated driver and carpool. Carpool saves gas money, which you can then turn around and spend on an extra beer or cupcake!

Fact: According to the EPA, the average car emits 26.3 lbs of carbon dioxide a day. If 5 people all drive to the same party, that is 131.5 lbs of CO2 emitted in the air for a single party. By carpooling you can cut down the emission by over 100 lbs on the 4th of July.  

4- Grocery Shopping

Here’s what I recommend: buy ingredients to make food from scratch. This is time consuming but extremely rewarding to make your own food. Instead of cooking all the food for a party, divide and conquer. Ask people to bring dishes over to the bbq potluck style and you can provide the main dish. Or, if someone invited you over for a BBQ, bring a homemade dish to the party.


As of 2012, there are about 7,900 farmers markets located in all 50 states. Support local farms, buy local!

Americans will consume 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July alone.

The cattle raised for our 4th of July bbq and burgers emit 20% of the total methane gas emission annually in the U.S.


4th of July “Vermontucky Lemonade”:

  1. 1 cup of lemon juice, about 6-8 Lemons
  2. 2 ½ cups of cold water
  3. ¼-½ cup maple syrup (agave nectar or simple sugar can be a substitute)
  4. Bourbon
  5. Ice

4th of July Burger:

Try a black bean burger instead of the traditional beef burger

Feeling adventurous? Try this salmon burger. 

4th of July Fruit Salad:

Mix together raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, strawberries, bananas and peaches for a patriotic red, white, and blue fruit salad.

Post by our very own summer intern bestie Ashley Reeves!!