THROW AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS PARTY!!
We can’t deny it any longer, November is nearly over and Christmas Party Season has begun. We all know what that means: too much to eat, too much to drink, friends, family and fun times!!
Unfortunately it also means waste. Plastic plates, cups and party decorations. WELL NOT THIS YEAR!!!! This year we are going to plan a party using the 4 Rs!!!!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Really Awesome ideas for !!! (it’s definitely an R)
REDUCE the plastic! Actually let’s just get rid of it all together! Using plastic plates and cups once and throwing them out is like slapping Mother Nature in face and no one wants to do that! So we have a few options here depending on what is being served at the party.
The easiest option is make finger food.... no plates necessary!! Recycled paper or cloth napkins and we’re on our way!!!
Lighting is important. When possible (obviously during the day) natural light is best. But if the party goes into the night try using some solar powered light sources to keep your emissions down. Consol Solar jars, charge during the day and light the porch or room beautifully and really set the party mood.
REUSE. If it is a barbecue or you want to go a little kitchy, go down to the local salvos and buy up all their odd plates. Cheap as chips and the mismatch looks excellent!!
Dye old sheets and use as table cloth. Tie dying is still awesome fun. If you know or have kids, get them involved and can double up as a fun family activity!!!
RECYCLE. The best way to avoid unnecessary waste is to send out electronic invites. However; If you still feel the need for paper invitations, use recycled paper or tree free paper. Another fun option is seed paper, which is made from recycled materials and embedded with seeds. When planted, the paper will simultaneously grow flowers while making sure the paper decomposes naturally.
Other Really Awesome Ideas. When catering for the event try to stay organic and local. Organic because it’s free of unhealthy, environmentally damaging chemicals. Local (which means from local growers – not your local grocery store) because every time you support local farms, you help avoid the emissions created when transporting food long distances. This also extends to beer, wine, and liquor. Hit the nearby farmers market when buying supplies, look for locally made beverages, or order from organic companies.