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Top 3 tips to make your spring party a bit greener


Date Created: 03/14/2012


Top 3 tips to make your spring party a bit greener. The spring party season is on the horizon, and you probably have some big plans for the coming warm weather. When you've searched through countless party themes and have found the right party decorations for your bash, you can start to plan your color scheme, party favors and other activities that will keep everyone engaged. However, if you've hosted a large bash before, you know how much waste it can produce when the festivities are over. This year, make a commitment to sustainability and get your guests in on the act. Keep the following green tips in mind to cut down on the amount of trash that may be left behind.

1. Repurpose items. If you've purchased a bunch of spring party supplies, there's no reason why you can't incorporate them into future gatherings. Anything from leftover party curtains, confetti and gossamer paper can be repurposed down the line. On the other hand, products like catering supplies, balloons and streamers are better off being left in your recycling bin rather than ending up in the trash can.

2. An eco-friendly menu. Start by doing a majority of your shopping at the local farmer's market. This will ensure that transportation and energy costs are kept at a minimum, and you'll gain the satisfaction of supporting a local business. When you have your foods ready to go, consider skipping the propane or the charcoal and consider making your food over an open fire. You can very easily construct a fire pit and use your grill grating to act as a cooking surface. This will impart a different flavor to your culinary creations and it's a great change of pace from your ordinary methods.

3. Recycling containers. Everything from paper waste to aluminum cans can be sorted out and placed into a recycling bin, so place a series of small blue bins around the perimeter of your home. Additionally, to encourage your guests to dispose of everything responsibly, set up a trash can exclusively for food waste to make it much easier.

The spring and summer party season is one of the most exciting times of the year, but it shouldn't come at the expense of the environment. With a few tweaks in your party planning preparations, you can reduce your carbon footprint and make things a lot easier on your guests.


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