Time for all those holiday parties! I have a few coming up but this year, I want to be more eco friendly. So how do you have large parties with little dishware, silverware, etc?
Most party themes, decorations, and dishware is all plastic. That is a lot of waste when you think about it. Yes it saves you clean up time, but all that plastic and waste goes somewhere, *cough cough* the environment.
So here is how you can throw those awesome eco friendly parties.
Send them electronically on Evite, or Facebook (what my friends use). It saves paper, stamps, and time. Facebook events also allows you to coordinate with one another and plan better on who is coming and what they are bringing.
The best way to reduce waste is to buy local produce and meat. It is usually better and fresher, which also can reduce the carbon footprint.
Side note: I understand there are meat lovers out there, but just realize that one pound of beef uses ~1800 gallons of water. So use it sparingly and have more of a variety with sides. Serving less meat still helps with being eco-friendly.
Skip the themes for they usually use plastic, paper, streamers, etc and it all ends up in a landfill after one use. So buy things like lights, candles, fabric, flowers, things that will be reused or be composted. Also please stop using balloons. I know I love them too but they do a lot of damage to birds, mammals, and marine life when they get released or dumped.
There are so many fun ones out there. When making purchases, be in mind to buy ones (or mixers) that are in glass or aluminum because they are easier to recycle and can be reused more times than plastic. Or use your own growler or wine bottles to fill up at local breweries and wineries.
Also please use paper straws if you are a straw person. For more info click here.
This is probably the most important one. Ditch all those plastic plates, silverware, and cups. They all end up in the landfill and add to the growing amount of plastic. And Styrofoam is just as bad and ends up the ocean.
The best way is to use your own dishes. You can throw them in the dishwasher and they are reused many times. Buy a cheap set of silverware only meant for parties. Chinaware, and glass are the easiest and simple ways to host that fun party.
If you have to go the route of party ware, buy recycled plastics, compostable plates and bowls (like bamboo). They even make silverware too.
Even better is requesting your guests to bring their own serving dishes, which allows you to save some dishes and time. Not everything has to be all on the host.
Here are some links for eco-friendly products to make that awesome party better: (that I may have just bought…)
Send leftovers home with guests so that the food is not wasted and provide some extra meals. My friend and I just bought cheap Tupperware to send home food for our Friendsgiving that is coming up. (It is a little late, but people were traveling). Ask that they bring some plates so that you are not left with all the food. It usually ends up in the trash.
So keep these tips in mind for whenever you have a party. If you have any ideas, or things you do for parties, I would love to hear from you!