8 Items You Need for a Green BBQ

Plan an eco-friendly cookout as an end-of-summer party with these cool products.

By Meaghan Cameron from readersdigest.com
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    Birchware
    Made from 100% birchwood these sturdy utensils are a must for your BBQ. They contain no dyes and are heat tolerant up to 200 degrees. They are also 100% compostable.

    $14.99 for each set of 100 pieces at amazon.com

    VerTerra
    These zen-inspiring serving dishes are made from fallen leaves and water. They're non-toxic, biodegradable, and compostable. No trees are cut down. VerTerra says, 'we can't promise that your meal will be guilt-free, we can promise that your dinnerware will be.'

    Prices vary by piece. Find a store near you to buy VerTerra products.

    Preserve
    Preserve makes reusable plastic dishware made from #5 polypropylene plastic collected from companies like Stonyfield Farm. They sort it, clean it, test it, recycle it, and turn it into plates, cups, cutlery and servingware for your BBQ. Also, check out their kitchen tool and storage containers.

    $20.99 for a complete tableware pack

    Soda Stream Genesis Soda Maker
    This product should be in every kitchen. Cut out the aluminum soda cans and plastic bottles altogether and make your own fruit juice and extract-flavored sodas and seltzers. Kids and adults alike will love creating their own mixtures at your BBQ.

    $139.95 for a Genesis Soda Starter Kit

    Reynolds Wrap made from 100% recycled aluminum
    This a great alternative to traditional aluminum foil. Even the core is recovered paper.

    Try this Campfire Potatoes recipe

    Applegate Farms Grass-Fed Hot Dogs
    Once you try these delicious hot dogs you'll never go back to mystery meat again. The original Great Organic Hot Dog has just 110 calories. Also try their nitrate-free Sunday Bacon.

    Applegate Farms products are available at natural foods stores and some supermarkets.

    Gone Safe and Natural Bug Spray
    Made with herbal extracts like lavender, sage, and rosemary oil, this natural bug repellent will make you smell nice too!

    $6.58 for the 4-ounce spray.

    Kingsford Natural Competition Briquets
    This all-natural charcoal was originally created for the competitive griller, hence the name, because they burn at a high heat. However, the eco-friendly caught on and started using them as well. Natural can often be more functional as well.

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    6 Tips for Healthier Grilling
    10 Fruits and Veggies to Enhance Your Meals

    Prices vary. See where you can buy this product.