You can carry over your eco-friendly living ideas into any type of party — from lavish holiday dinners to children’s birthday parties. With just a little planning, you can find green solutions to almost any party need. Here are a few tips to help you get started planning your next big event.
Don’t use Throwaways
Throwaway plates and cups make clean up easier, but are hard on the environment. If you must use throwaways, choose paper over Styrofoam, and look for ones that are made from recycled materials and are BPA-free.
Better yet, buy reusable plates and platters that you only use for these special occasions. There is even compostable bamboo dishes for parties. Use it over and over again, and then when you can use it no more, you can throw it in your own compost pile and make use of it in your yard and garden. With the help of friends and family, dishes can be washed quickly.
It can be more difficult with utensils if you don’t have enough of your everyday silverware for a party. Look for spoons, forks and knives made from recycled materials, and then when the party’s over wash them and put them away for the next party instead of pitching them. Choosing utensils made of wood, bamboo, corn or even potatoes will make a great conversation starters, and help you spread the word about the positive methods for conservation.