Keep these 10 tips in mind for having an eco-friendly party, no matter where you have it or what it is for:
Really think about how many people it is important to have at the party. The more people you invite, the more waste is created.
Rather than send out a paper invitation to everyone, opt for something a little greener.
While balloons may look nice, they are not very environmentally friendly. Many of them end up in landfills, water supplies, and even in the stomachs of sea turtles that mistake them for jelly fish.
Food production is an important part of green living.
One of the biggest areas of waste at parties involves what is used for serving the food.
Kids like to “do something” at parties. Pick a project that is environmentally friendly, such as painting pottery or a planter, finger painting, decorating a re-usable cup, creating a bottle bank, making soy candles, making a backyard birdhouse, or creating a natural tie-dye shirt or canvas bag.
Many people opt to give a party bag to kids, filled with lots of… junk. The bags usually contain candy that the parents really don’t want the kids having, and plastic toys that will break within days.
When you buy things that are single-serve, such as drinks, you not only pay more, but you are creating more waste.
Do not be shy about setting up a recycle bin at your party. This will encourage others to do the right thing, and will make your job easier.
Let your guests know that the theme of the party is ‘being green.’ Challenge them to stick with it, if they want to bring a gift.