Eco Holiday & Christmas Party Tips | How to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
A Few Planning Tips to Reduce Waste + Reuse what you (or friends/family) already have + Recycle:
Avoid single-use disposables. Need additional glasses, plates, utensils or serving pieces? BORROW them from friends and family. Sure, not everything will match – get creative, there are clever ways to mix it up. Having a sit-down affair with multiple tables? Create a theme for each table with different place settings for each – you get the picture.
Instead of bottled water - Use large glass dispensers for water in which you can float cranberries or sliced fruit for additional party pizzazz.
Use cloth napkins. Toss in the wash and reuse for years. Always a great investment and matter of fact, make a great gift if you are looking for last minute zero-waste gift ideas!!
Use natural décor. Simple with a big wow factor. Check your local Christmas tree dealers and farms or hardware stores for evergreen cuttings. Add pinecones or zero-waste DIY holiday decorations. So many great ideas online using items you already have at home. Here’s one more link.
Invest in stainless steel straws and say goodbye to single-use straws for good! This is a prime opportunity to introduce these straws to your friends and family not already using them. Find stainless steel reusable straws made here in the USA at Mulled Mind and many other options online.
Make it very easy for your guests to find your well-marked recycle bins indicating what items go where.
Know your city’s recycle guidelines to ensure you recycle all accepted items possible. Let’s face it, the holidays always mean more parties, more dinners and more company visiting – all resulting in more trash & items to recycle (hopefully much more of the later). Did you know many cities recycle greeting cards and metal or aluminum pie plates? This includes the aluminum chafing and serving trays. Bubble wrap can usually be recycled with plastic bags at most grocery stores. Most cities have this information posted on their website along with drop-off locations for large items and household hazardous waste items such as batteries, outdoor/indoor lights, old electronics, etc.