These days, everyone is concerned about the impact we are having on the environment and wants to do their bit to help. Below are some helpful tips from Ecco Magazine on how to host an environmentally friendly event that will benefit both you and the world.
Planning to host a party this summer? Make it an eco-friendly, low impact celebration. We have put together a few tips to help you host this year’s most stylish shindig in your area with as little impact on the environment as possible. This party is sure to go down in history as your best eco-party ever. Enjoy!
One of the most important aspects of your low impact soiree is LOCATION.
- Not hosting the party at your home? Then have the event at a central location accessible to most guests. This will help decrease your impact as well as your guests’ impact on the environment by reducing carbon emissions.
- The great outdoors. Select a location outdoors so your guests can breathe fresh air and party outdoors like its 1999. Utilise the Earth’s natural resources (air, wind and natural beauty). This will also reduce energy usage associated with having an air conditioning unit.
- No need to spend money on fancy decorations that you will more than likely throw out. Instead use household vases to display blossoming flowers or decorated cardboard boxes to display art. Be creative.
- Avoid using incandescent lamps these use a lot of energy. Instead opt for energy efficient alternatives: Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED). They are more environmental friendly alternatives and reduce your energy usage by up to 75%.
- Cook local. Your menu should consist of locally grown and seasonal food. Purchase all the provisions you will need from local producers, most snacks, fruit and meats can be found locally. You will reduce your Carbon Footprint when you buy food produced locally.
- Incorporate your backyard garden provisions. Home grown treats are a delight at any event. This shows the versatility and thoughtfulness of the hosts.
- Always wanted to try organic foods? Well this is a great time to go organic. Incorporate organic foods like: peppers, celery and more into the event’s menu. Tell your guests their tasty treats are local and organic, you will definitely get a round of applause for your pesticide-free, locally grown cuisine.
- Printed invites are so blasé. Instead use greener, online alternatives like organisation website Eventility; since printed invites carry a larger carbon footprint. Today Social Media allows us to get closer to everyone both near and far, so set up an Eventility event and invite everyone you know.
- Have to print. Find printers that offer paper with recycled content, recycled paper, or paper from certified forests such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This non-profit organization promotes the responsible management of forests, thus allowing consumers the ability to choose products from forests that are socially and environmentally responsible.
- Still want to print? Make your invite a keepsake. Design an invite with double duty: Bookmark, recipe card, green tips to go.
- Try to encourage party goers to wear clothing made from organic material, hemp or bamboo. This will certainly bring a “green vibe” to the entire look of your party. Talk about great eco-fashion conversation, wow!
Recycle, recycle, recycle
- Help educate your guests on the importance of recycling. Ensure all your guests recycle their “empties” by placing a recycling bin in close proximity to the trash bin. You can store all the empty bottles collected throughout the night and give them to your local beverage producers or recycling facility.
- Carpooling: Persuade your friends to carpool and share a ride. This will reduce the amount of carbon emission accumulated during the ride to your party. It also provides for responsible driving.
- Utilise your old china and silverware you never get to use, this will definitely give the event that extra stylish touch.
Follow these great tips and your event is sure to be a success. Your family and friends will be looking forward to your next eco-bashment.