It’s no secret that humans have a huge impact on the environment. There are billions of us producing large amounts of waste and CO2 daily. As our footprint grows, people are becoming more and more aware of these issues. They want to help, but they just don’t know how. The answer is actually quite simple. The best way to combat environmental deterioration is through small acts. One act alone won’t feel like it’s doing much, but the accumulation of thousands of minor tweaks to people’s daily lives can be drastic.
So although we don’t have the solution to global warming or anything like that, we do have some tips for how you can practice environmentally friendly grilling at home.
The very first step to grilling green is to buy an eco-friendly grill. Although gas and charcoal grills are high in popularity, they’re low on the environmentally friendly scale. A good majority of gas grills are fueled by petroleum or natural gas which are both non-renewable resources. Charcoal grills are the most widely used and the most detrimental to the environment. They release carbon into the air which negatively impacts the ozone layer and they release particulate matter which can cause health issues to humans after prolonged exposure.
The most eco-friendly grill on the market is a solar grill (powered by solar energy). This type of grill is extremely innovative but isn’t always the best option for BBQ fanatics since it takes much longer to cook your food and doesn’t always yield the best results. Pellet grills are the next best option since they use renewable biomass fuel made from recycled hardwood sawdust. The sawdust is formed into clean-burning wood pellets. This reduces landfill waste by turning a waste by-product into a usable fuel source.
If you can, find a local grocer or farmer’s market and purchase food items that were grown or made locally. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll also be supporting your local community. It’s a win/win situation!
General Tip: One hobby that pairs perfectly with grilling is gardening. Designate a sunny spot in your yard to a garden and plant your favorite fruits and vegetables. It’s a lot of work, but the end result are worth it!
When grilling for your family or a large group of people, we tend to make more than we actually need. Most
Grilled fruits and vegetables will usually work well for leftovers, although there are some that just aren’t as good reheated. Instead of tossing them in the garbage, toss them into your composter. Composting is easy and creates the perfect nutrient-rich mixture to help the plants in your garden grow bigger and stronger.
Spring and summer are prime seasons for backyard BBQ’s! We’re huge supporters of showing off your pellet grilling skills to friends and family and strongly encourage you to host these events to WOW your guests with your MAK’s abilities. However, you may not realize but these events can be a bit rough on the environment.
Instead of using plastic cups and utensils, opt for reusable ones. It may be a bit more work washing everything after the party, but the environmental payoff is worth it. If you decide to use paper plates, make sure to recycle them properly.
MAK Grills are high-performance pellet smokers known for their durability and consistency. What many people don’t often realize is that they’re also one of the most environmentally friendly grills on the market and here’s why: