With New Years quickly approaching, many people are probably preparing to host a party; that means buying snacks, preparing dips, and most of all, setting up the trash bins that will hold the disposable cups and even bottles that people will inevitably throw away.
New Years Eve and New Years itself can both potentially be extremely wasteful days, and throwing a night’s worth of party trash into a dumpster is definitely not an eco-friendly way to start a new year. However, many people still hold the misconception that green shopping is very difficult, and so continue to spend time and money on items that ultimately end up in dumpsters. Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways people can make their party eco-friendly, green, and festive all at once. Here are some great ways to go green as you get the items you want at your New Years party:
- Buy glass instead of paper. Perhaps the most obvious way to make your event a little greener, not buying paper plates and cups will make a big difference in terms of your party trash output. Plus, using reusable dishes and cups means you save the money you would have spent on once-used eating utensils. Plus, you’re all set for next year’s party!
- If you do buy paper, buy brands that use recycled paper. If reusable items are simply not an option, buy plates and cups made from recycled paper; for example, Treecycle makes biodegradable dishes and cups from sugarcane fiber. At least that way, your party saves a few trees!
- Don’t pitch your decorations. Thrown into the trash just as often as leftover food and beverage containers are the one-time decorations people buy, as well as any party favors like noisemakers. It’s okay to skip on these – or, if you really do want something up, make some quick decorations or buy things like biodegradable crepe paper streamers or soy candles. That way, your still house looks festive, but your party stays as eco-friendly as possible.
- Offer organic food and drinks at your party. Concerned about the food you’ll be serving? Try to buy organic and/or local products! Your food table doesn’t need to be too fancy; you can keep it simple with a spread of easy appetizers, homemade salsa or hummus, and fresh fruit and vegetable trays. Drinks can include organic juices or locally brewed beers – simple, but still eco-friendly. If you do want to go for fancy, though, use Google to see if there’s a store that sells organic champagne near you!
- Make an eco-friendly New Years resolution. What better way to end an eco-friendly party than by committing to make one change that will allow you to live a greener life? Maybe you can remember to turn lights off in empty rooms, or turn off water faucets that you leave running; whatever you do, it will certainly make a difference!
Hosting a green New Years party is much easier than many people realize. For further tips, visit Hipcycle; we have some great tips on everything from how to upcycle items to make cool decorations to what sorts of easy habits you change to help the environment for your New Years resolution.
Danielle is an upcycling, green living, environmentally friendly, recycling, tree-hugging freak of nature... in the most eco way possible of course! She spends her weekends saving the planet and will now be writing about it for the Hipcycle Blog.