Monday, December 15, 2008

Green up your Holiday Parties

Christmas time is just around the corner and I am sure many businesses are getting ready for there annual holiday parties. Courtesy of Earth911.com, here are some wonderful ideas on how to make your party eco-friendly:

1. Send Virtual Invites - You can save on paper by sending email invites. There are also certain websites that can help you manage your guest list, that will make it easy to see who has RSVP so that you are not buying too much food.

2. Buy By the Bunch - When you buy in bulk it saves on packaging and it makes it easier to clean up.

3. Light it up With LEDs - These lights are more energy efficient and you can now get different kinds of Christmas lights that are made from LEDs. If you like lighting candles instead try and make sure that they are made from non-petroleum products such as soy or beeswax.

4. Paper or Plastic? - Use reusable dishes instead of plasticware. You would not only be saving on the cost, but mose of the plasticware isn't recyclable. I know it would be more work, due to the fact that you would have to clean the dishes, but its better to save the environment and save money.

5. Post-Consumer Goodies - If you do however purchase paper products, try and make sure they contain the highest percentage of recycled content as possible.

6. Favorable Favors - Try and give environmentally responsible gifts and favors at your party or you can even make a donation to your favorite charity in honor of your guests.

7. Truly Evergreen - What would a Christmas party be without wreaths or a Christmas tree. Try when you are done with this festive items to recycle them, you can usually use a seasonal curbside recycling porgram or find a treecyling event.

8. The Morning After - Cleaning up after a party is always a downer, but since it has to be done you should make it worth everyones time and efort. You can recycle any bottles or cans that were used. Also if you have a ton of leftovers you can donate them to a food bank or a shelter. And remember to use biodegradable cleaning products.

Holiday parties are always fun and exciteing, but they can also be rewarding if you follow a few of these simple tips.

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