Have a Zero-Waste Party

Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s or just because, you can always make your party a zero-waste fete. Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell, authors of Celebrate Green offer these guidelines for making any party waste-free.

1. Decorate the tree together with edible/compostable ornaments (like hardened gingerbread cookies) and popcorn or cranberry garlands.

2. Use edible and compostable decor for the home and table.

3. Use cloth napkins and tablecloth instead of paper products.

4. Use only reusable glass and tableware, or compostable products made from corn, potato or other.

5. Compost all food scraps and send leftovers home with guests in pre-saved, re-purposed glass jars.

6. Serve organic or biodynamic wine with real cork stoppers. Recycle the glass bottle and compost the stopper.

7. Give consumables, experiences, carbon offsets or donations to a cause as parting gifts.

8. Use e-invitations or plantable invitations (imbedded with seeds).

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Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Heather G.
Heather G6 years ago

nice article

Dace K.
Dace K7 years ago

good article!

Natalie J.
Natalie Away J7 years ago

Great ideas!

Lupe G.
Guadalupe G7 years ago

all really great ideas

Monica D.
Monica D7 years ago

Thank you. I like the zero waste idea. Even a small amount of waste becomes large when multiplied by millions of people; we must all do what we can to reduce waste.

Ali O.
Ali O.7 years ago

Super cute ideas! I would love to try it!

Alexander Haulman

Excellent ideas to make holiday decorating and parties more environmentally friendly and much less wasteful.

Patrick Whyte
Patrick Whyte7 years ago

good ideas

Kay O.
Kay O7 years ago

good info!