7 Eco-Friendly Ways to Have a More Sustainable Tailgate Party

7 Eco-Friendly Ways to Have a More Sustainable Tailgate Party

If your summer picnics are turning into tailgate parties you are not alone.  Football season is here and no matter which team you are rooting for a few simple tips will ensure you score a sustainable tailgate party.


Share football stats on your way to the game, save on gas and parking while reducing carbon emissions. 

Pro Tip: Pick a designated driver before the game to get everyone home safely. 


Make it easy for people to separate their trash. Have bins clearly labeled for compostables such as food scraps, recyclables like beer bottles and reusables more on that in a bit.

Pro Tip: Take it with you instead of leaving your trash next to overflowing bins attracting bugs and other animals.


Find your team colors and buy tablecloths, napkins, dishes and glasses that can be washed and reused rather than paper that goes straight to the landfill.

Pro Tip: Check out your local second hand stores for bargains and give back to your local community.  

Bulk Up

Buying in bulk will reduce the amount of packaging you throw away.

Pro Tip: Single serve packages may sound like a good idea, but they cost more for you and the planet.

The Grill

Charcoal grills contribute to air pollution with soot and carbon monoxide, use propane instead.

Pro Tip: Avoid cross contamination, use a clean plate when transferring cooked meats off the grill.

The Food

Buy from your local farmers market, shop organic meats and vegetables. Finger foods help you ditch the need for utensils. 

Pro Tip: Use an insulated cooler for perishables and place an appliance thermometer inside to ensure food stays at 40 degrees or cooler.

The Drinks

Football and beer, you can't have one without the other so find your favorite local brew. Even better if it uses organic hops like Sierra Nevada Our Estate Ale.

Pro Tip: Sierra Nevada keeps sustainability top of mind with solar panels, 99.8% solid waste diverted from landfills. CO2 captured and reused and more. 

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