Party like a (green) rock star!
So how many parties have you gone to in the last couple of weeks? I'm guessing you've lost count by now. And now you're planning on throwing one?? Well, if you've got the energy, read on, to make your party as green as your Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush or the other green plants in your house.
- Send electronic invitations: Use evite - it's quick, easy, and everyone is joined at the hip to their computers anyway. If this is a more formal gathering, use postcards with self-mailer panels or invites printed on recycled paper.
- Buy food in bulk: This saves on packaging - and of course, it's even better if you buy organic and limit quantities to what will be consumed. Visit the Eat Well Guide to find farmers, grocery stores, and restaurants in your area that offer sustainable food choices.
- Decorate with flowers, plants and fabrics: Try to steer clear of plastic streamers, balloons, or Mylar decorations.
- Use reusable tableware: If you don't have enough, borrow from your neighbor or friends, or rent them. If you're tempted to use disposable cups, they had better be recyclable or have recycled paper content!
- Place clearly-marked recycling containers in strategic spots: I've found itâ€™s easier to have the recycling and trash containers next to each other so people aren't tempted to use the trash for recyclables out of laziness (or because they've had one too many drinks and can't quite locate the other container). Visit the Internet Consumer Recycling Guide if you need a reminder on what can and can't be recycled, and check with your county's waste management department, since recycling rules vary by location.
- Encourage the use of public transportation, carpooling, and biking.
And have a glass of organic wine for me!