Party season is here! And we have another environmental challenge for you.
For many, this means a chance to catch up with family, friends and colleagues while enjoying some delicious food and beverages. This year, we challenge you to throw your very own environmentally friendly holiday party! Here are five steps to help you plan.
Go paper free this year. Create your own digital invitations or use a web-based program to help you. Evite and punchbowl are popular options and offer a vast array of designs (or, if you want a simple drag-and-drop design option, there’s Canva). There’s no denying that a traditional paper invite offers a more personal touch, and fortunately you can still be eco-friendly: just make sure you choose recycled paper. Even better, invest in some ‘plantable’ cards. These are invitations that are made from compostable paper and plant seeds. When the guests plant their cards, flowers will grow!
Food is one of the most important things at a party. It’s usually a topic of conversation, and exceptional food can make a good party great. Shop local and buy organic, use fresh ingredients and avoid processed foods. If you are going to have your party catered, find a reputable organic company and ask if they have sustainably grown meals.
Nowadays, there are numerous organic wine, beer and spirits companies to choose from. If you’re serving suds, you can avoid all the bottles and packaging by picking up a keg or two of organic beer. If you’re feeling really creative and have the time, brew your own!
Look around the house for items you can repurpose. Colorful scrap fabric makes for a fun holiday wreath! LED holiday lights add flair and charm to any room, and they use less energy and last longer than incandescent lights. Unfortunately, many flowers in the United States are grown using harsh chemicals and fertilizers. If you are going to use plants for decorations, pick up some ferns, as they’re easier on the environment.
If you’re going to have a green holiday party, you’ll need a proper recycling station for bottles, cans and other waste. Make it effortless for your guests and have a recycling station that’s easy to find. The best place to set up your recycling station is in a high traffic area like the kitchen.
How will you make your holiday party more sustainable this year?
Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.
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