If you’re planning an event, here are a few simple tips to make it a little more environmentally and socially responsible:
1. Use paperless invitations
Youâ€™d be hard-pressed to find someone these days who does not have an e-mail account. Why not take advantage of modern technology by sending an evite? Many online businesses offering this service are springing up, providing users with beautiful and elegant options for every taste and style. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits, electronic invitation services are budget-friendly and allow for streamlined RSVPs, guest-lists, etc. Whether youâ€™re inviting friends over for dinner or organizing a huge birthday celebration for a loved one, paperless invitations are a fantastic alternative.
A sample selection from Cocodot.
2. Serve coffee and tea without saucers and offer bite sized hors d’oeuvres that don’t require plates
This is a simple way to save water! Less to wash = less water waste.
3. Give locally sourced party favors that support local businesses
Perhaps you have delicious honey or fresh fruit jam made in your area, organic wineries or a charming crafts fair in your town. Consider using these vendors to supply your party favors; supporting local artists and farmers is one way to make a meaningful difference in your local economy.Â Based in Ojai, California, Heavenly Honey provides all natural, organic honeyâ€”a delicious favor!
4. Encourage ridesharing
Reward your guestsâ€™ carpooling or alternative transportation efforts with a drawing for thematic prizes. Be sure to let guests know in advance so they can plan ahead!
5. Waste Not, Want Not
Take measures to prevent generation of waste. For example, ask guests if they would like water before pouring, reuse eco-friendly centerpieces by donating them after your event to local Senior Care facilities or other organizations, deliver leftover food to the local homeless shelter. Of course, waste is bound to occur, so consider hiring a waste audit manager who will work with the caterers to oversee the sorting of trash, compost and recycling in the kitchen. Check out Green Project Consultants for more information.
Let’s green the world, one party at a time!