How to Host a Green Holiday Party

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‘Tis the season of holiday parties. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Americans consume about 25% more trash than any other time of the year. That’s an extra 5 million tons!

This year, be a green host and throw a Mother Nature approved holiday party. From invitations to decorations to cleanup galore, just follow these simple suggestions:

Invitations

  • If you prefer to send paper invitations, consider using recycled paper (www.twistedlimbpaper.com) or reuse last years’ Christmas cards. Simply tear off the front of the card, write on the reverse and mail it postcard style

Decorations

  • Bring the outdoors in. Walk around your neighborhood and gather evergreen, holly and pinecone. Pick up some apples, oranges, cranberries, lemons and other natural items at your grocery store to create a festive look.

Atmosphere

  • Dim the lights. You’ll create a warm, soft glow, and will save electricity to boot.
  • For a delightful smell, boil a bit of water, add cinnamon sticks and orange peel and let it simmer on the stove.

Menu & Merriment

  • Support local farmers and business and plan your menu around locally grown, seasonal fruits, and vegetables and serve up organic, free-range meats.
  • Paper plates and napkins sound like a good thing when you’ve been slaving over a hot stove all day — but their environmental impact is huge.
  • If you must use disposables, use napkins made from unbleached recycled paper, cornstarch-based compostable plates and silverware and be certain to dispose of them in the compost bin, rather than the trash.

Cleanup

  • Don’t get lazy and toss everything in the trash. Set up a recycling center in your kitchen and make sure that your guests know to recycle.
  • Use planet friendly, non toxic cleaners. Most grocery stores carry green cleaning supplies—just ask!
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine while you sleep. Nighttime is best for running large appliances, since it saves energy and money.
  • Think twice before tossing scraps and leftovers in the trash. No need to waste all of the scraps like potato peels, stuffing stuck on dinner plates. You can place a compost crock next to your sink or a spinning composter outside using making this eco friendly food disposal a convenient process.

All of your guests will be green with envy!

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