Just because you want to go
"green", it doesn't mean you need to cut back on the good times. Follow
these simple steps and find out how you can achieve the triple goals of saving
money, serving better food and taking care of the planet. Green events still
enable you to enjoy events and be healthy and environmentally-friendly at the
Use washable plates
and utensils. It is always best to use
what can be reused again and again, so prefer crockery over disposables.
Alternatively, many stores now carry recycled, compostable plates that will go
right into your composter or can be thrown away. They biodegrade quickly so
they won't take up landfill space. You can find sturdy plastic cutlery made
from corn or other plant sources everywhere, or visit a thrift store and buy up
big on old metallic cutlery just for your green events. Whether you use plastic
or metallic cutlery, be sure to tell guests to put the cutlery in the wash and
not the bin so that they can be reused many times. It helps to leave a
container with water and suds in it for people to put their used cutlery
Go organic. Preservatives and substitutes like high fructose
corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils aren't doing your body any good.
They can cause insulin spikes in the body, causing us to crave more sugar and
they’re also very difficult to digest. Find certified organic whole food
(without the nasties) at most grocery stores. Better yet, find a farmer's
market where you can talk to the farmer directly and ask questions about where
your food came from. You can complement your fresh, organic food with a little
organic wine! These days you don't need to be a sommelier to find a good bottle
of organic vino. If you don't want to cater yourself, hire a local caterer who
is well versed in using local, organic produce and supports the concept of
Use cloth. Choose cloth napkins over paper napkins. They last a
long time, are easy to wash and guests enjoy them a lot more than paper.
They’re more elegant too! There is also a natural tendency to be territorial
about one's cloth napkin and use it throughout the night, whereas paper napkins
are considered used up with one wipe and people have a tendency to reach for
extra ones, thereby encouraging waste.
gas-powered grills. Unfortunately
charcoal adds more than flavor to your food - charcoal could contain coal dust
and sodium nitrate. The lighting fluid can make your food taste funny. The
chemical effects of these products on your body and the environment are nothing
to laugh about. Natural gas is the cleanest and the most energy-efficient method
to barbecue. For an authentic wood flavor, soak a few hickory chips in water
and throw them on the grill right before your food.
Rely on natural
light. Go outdoors and leave the lights
off for as long as possible. Rely on sunlight and candles for lighting.
For a themed party - select a theme for your party in which you can
creatively use items that are around your house already. Use these to decorate
your bash and then put them back in their place after the event. Avoid
purchasing extra items to make a theme, as these will be disposed of at the end
of the event and will add to landfill.
Get the guests
sorting. Leave recycling bins and
compost bins next to the garbage bin. That way, guests are obliged to consider
their throwaway choices carefully. This also saves you from having to comb the
garbage bin afterwards!
Posted on Sun, September 20, 2009
by Ms. Dolphina