Passover is Going Green
Passover is in the same month as Earth Day and what better way to continue our dedication to the Earth than by hosting an environmentally friendly Seder, otherwise known as the Passover Meals.
Passover starts Monday, April 14 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 22nd. There is still time to turn your preparation and Seder into your own green holiday. Westside Environmental has the tips and tricks to get your ready for your greenest Passover yet.
Pregame Cleaning is Everything
No Passover is complete without the hectic and frazzled pre-Passover cleaning. The goal is to get rid of all the bread or bread products in your home but it usually turns into a big spring cleaning event. This year, try cleaning with nontoxic cleaners made with natural ingredients. If you’re looking to buy a safe cleaner, Seventh Generation offers a helpful variety of eco-friendly cleaners.
Be adventurous, come to the dark side of the eco world and try making your own cleaners from natural ingredients you can find around your home.
Passover Shopping is an endurance sport
You know it’s true. Passover shopping (especially last minute shopping) can be intense. Here is a quick tip that will save you money and help save the environment.
Bring your own bag. Leave the eco bags in the car so you never forget. Plus, most supermarkets give you five cents off for each bag you bring with you. Save the planet and a few nickels here and there. Besides, you just cleaned up, do you want plastic bags drifting around your house?
With Wine that is. Try a kosher for Passover, organic wine from California’s Four Gates, or you may check out the selection at KosherWine.com.
The Main Event – The Seder
Want to go fair trade and organic? It’s easy, make your charoset, a dip which symbolizes the mortar used to build Egypt in the Passover story, with organic apples and fair trade almonds.
For your Seder plate
Try buying more eggs from free range chickens, grass fed meats, and organic dairy products.
Carpools are for Winners
Attending a Seder? Suggest carpooling to limit the number of cars used to get to the Seder. This reduces the carbon created getting to the holiday festivities.
Avoid disposable utensils
The grandparents had it right, we need special holiday china and silver. Get the good china instead of using disposable forks and plates. This will limit the amount of waste produced this holiday.
Live for Leftovers
After the Seders are complete, you will undoubtedly have leftovers. Save what you can to eat throughout the week. Composting is also a great alternative to throwing things out for a landfill.
Connect with Westside Environmental
From our family to yours, we wish you a Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays).
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