Hosting an Eco-Friendly Party

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Here are some tips by Festivies Catering:

  • Reusable plates, napkins, flatware and cups.  If your party’s guest list is small, definitely opt for reusable party supplies to cut down on waste. If you want to avoid using breakable crockery, buy a set of plates and cups that are reusable and durable
  • Biodegradable plates, napkins, flatware and cups.  When you can’t have reusable eco-friendly party supplies, biodegradable is one of the next best options.  This often works well for the larger guest lists.
  • Recycling bins.  No matter what, make sure you have recycling bins readily available.  In fact, you should also have a clearly labeled recycling bin next to every trash can.
  • Purchase in bulk—2-liter bottles in lieu of cans, and other “bulk” buys as opposed to individually-packaged, make a huge difference.  Cut down on your plastic and metal consumption when you buy in bulk.
  • Think locally and cook seasonally.  When you purchase local produce and ingredients, you’re making a positive difference in carbon emissions.  When you cook seasonally, you’re making a positive difference in greenhouse gas emissions.  Incorporate both practices for a truly green party.
  • Use aluminum foil.  If you have to cover a dish, and you do not have a reusable lid, opt for aluminum foil instead of plastic cling wrap.  The aluminum foil—as long as it’s not too soiled—can be recycled with other metals (like cans).
  • Use living centerpieces.  Where some would incorporate freshly-cut flowers, consider using a living potted plant as part of your décor.  If you don’t want to keep the plant at the end of the party, simply give it away to one lucky party guest as a souvenir.
  • E-vite your guests.  Skip the paper invitations and go with an electronic invitation.  It definitely saves paper!