5 Tips for a Sustainable 4th of July Celebration

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, but it doesn’t have to come at the expense of our environment. With a few thoughtful changes, you can make your Independence Day festivities both fun and sustainable.

Here are six tips to help you celebrate the 4th of July in an eco-friendly way. Continue reading for product suggestions from DoneGood, our sustainable and ethical marketplace.

1. Choose Eco-Friendly Decorations

Opt for decorations that are either reusable or biodegradable. Bunting made from fabric, recyclable paper lanterns, and natural elements like flowers and greenery can add festive flair without the waste. Try to avoid single-use plastic decorations which contribute to landfill waste.

2. Plan a Low-Waste Picnic or BBQ

When organizing your 4th of July meal, try to use reusable options whenever possible. Use reusable plates, cups, and utensils instead of disposable ones. If reusable items aren’t practical, look for compostable options. Encourage guests to bring their own reusable containers for leftovers to minimize food waste.

3. Opt for Sustainable Food Choices

Support local farmers by buying fresh, locally-sourced ingredients for your 4th of July feast. Choose organic produce and free-range meats to reduce your carbon footprint. Plant-based dishes are also a great option to consider for a more environmentally friendly meal.

4. Eco-Friendly Fireworks and Alternatives

Traditional fireworks can be harmful to the environment, releasing pollutants into the air and littering the ground. Consider attending a community fireworks display instead of setting off your own, as fewer overall fireworks mean less pollution. Alternatively, explore eco-friendly options such as laser light shows or biodegradable confetti poppers.

5. Be Mindful of Waste Disposal

Set up clearly labeled recycling and compost bins to make it easy for guests to dispose of waste correctly. Provide guidance on what items can be recycled or composted. Ensure that waste is properly sorted and disposed of after the celebration to minimize environmental impact.

Discover our sustainable and ethically-made options for your upcoming celebration

On-The-Go Party Set (40 Pack)

For your next party or picnic, choose On the Go plates. Lightweight yet durable, these festive plates are dishwasher safe and can be reused hundreds of times without cracking, warping, or breaking. Perfect for entertaining, this affordable set for 40 is easy to clean and ready for your 4th of July party and beyond. Made by Preserve from 100% recycled materials, On the Go plates combine sustainability with style and long-lasting functionality.

Everyday Tableware Set (4 Pack)

Preserve Everyday Tableware is ideal for everything from family meals to outdoor dining. Designed for stability and durability, these dishwasher-safe plates can withstand thousands of uses, making them a much better option over disposable plates and cups. Made with a careful balance of sturdiness and recycled material, they offer long-lasting strength and eco-friendly performance.

Organic Cotton & Wool Pillow Cover

Made from a comfy blend of organic cotton and wool, our Organic Cotton & Wool Pillow Cover is super soft and cozy. The fun patterns make it a great addition to any bed or couch, and it matches perfectly with our Organic Cotton & Wool Throws.

Red Celebration Napkins

These red napkins are handwoven from 100% cotton, they are durable and come in a set of 4. Mayamam Weavers offers a vibrant collection of sustainable home goods, all handwoven by a cooperative of Mayan artisans in Guatemala. Their fair trade products support artisans with fair wages, childcare, and essential business skills, making each beautiful piece a meaningful addition to your home.

Colored Solar String Lights

Solar-powered and vibrant, Luci Color Solar String Lights offer six unique colors across an 18-ft cord. With mobile charging and up to 15 hours of light per charge, they're perfect for your backyard party, camping, hiking, and more. Ethically made by MPOWERD, these lights also support global efforts to bring reliable electricity to those in need.


Get ready to grill with this stylish duo: the Wide Indigo Canvas Utility Apron and BBQ Mitt. The apron has handy pockets and adjustable straps, while the mitt is lined with fire-resistant fabric. Both are handwoven from 100% cotton and easy to care for. Made by Mayamam Weavers, these fair trade items add vibrant, sustainable charm to your home.

By incorporating these sustainable practices into your 4th of July celebrations, you can enjoy a fun-filled day that also honors the environment. Making small changes can have a big impact, ensuring that future generations can continue to celebrate our nation’s independence in a beautiful, thriving world. Happy 4th of July!

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