I have lived in New York for most of my adult life. Before that, I lived in Chicago – which again, gave me an urban/city feel. One thing you miss out on when you live in a city is grilled food and the act of BBQ. Did you know that due to fire codes it’s actually illegal to have a grill on your balcony (if you’re lucky enough to have one!) in NYC? Needless to say, the very first purchase we made as homeowners was an outdoor grill.The reason being is two fold: 1) We’re just so excited to eat and participate in the act of grilling 2) The kitchen is being torn out so that the poured concrete can be placed throughout the entirety of the main floor – we intend to cook eggs/oatmeal in the morning and dinner at night on the grill every day between now and the end of Summer when the new kitchen will be installed.I have long been interested in making the most holistic choices I can in regards to my physical, emotional, spiritual, social well being. I’d like to avoid imbalance in my life and want to make the very best choices that I can with the knowledge I have or can educate myself on. These decisions I make have an environmental impact – I realize that by myself it may be a small impact, but the impact exists nonetheless.If there are enough people making the best choices with the knowledge that they have – we can make a difference overall. There is a push on Twitter by Leslie Carothers who is advocating Slow Home awareness. She and many others are bringing attention to the homespun, locavore feeling of the Slow Food Movement to furniture and the choices we make in decorating our homes. (Eco-friendly paint, flooring, sustainable furnishings, etc.)
While I was on the hunt for a grill that was appropriate for us, I read a few articles about being green when grilling and making an eco-friendly choice of outdoor grills. If you’re in the market for a grill or thinking about purchasing a new grill, I suggest that you check out Growing a Green Family and Kashi’s eco-friendly grilling guide. They may just inform you in a way that will determine how you grill this Summer!