Planning a party this season? Help reduce waste and the impact on the environment by thinking green. From décor to food, making a few small changes can go a long way. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Invites: Go paper free and reduce waste by sending invites electronically. Encourage guests to car pool, share a taxi or take public transit to and from the party.
- Décor: Instead of purchasing new décor, think of all the items that can be used from around your home, yard and neighborhood, from garland made of dried apple or orange slices to glass bowls filled with pine cones. Forget cut flowers and decorate with festive plants that can be added to the garden in the spring. Save energy by using energy-efficient lighting.
- Food: Serve locally sourced, organic or sustainable food options where possible. Compost leftover food waste and if sending food home with your guests use recyclable containers. Opt for reusable dinnerware, glasses, cutlery and napkins. If disposable items are necessary, make sure they can be recycled.
- Gifts: Encourage guests to make a donation to an environment organization, such as TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, in lieu of a hostess gift or greeting card.
Hosting a holiday party that’s better for the environment will not only feel good, it will make a difference that guests are sure to appreciate.