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Throw an Eco-Friendly Holiday Party

How many holiday parties do you have down on your calendar? The holidays are here in full swing and we here at RedFish Recycling are very busy hosting and attending parties!

Whether you’re throwing a party for your co-workers, friends or family, here are a few tips to keep your party green and environmentally friendly.

Invitations
If you’re going to throw the best holiday party of the year, you have to let everyone know about it! Invitations are a party must-have but sending out paper cards is time consuming and wasteful. Save time and go green by creating fun e-invites that can be sent through your e-mail. Check out Punchbowl.com where you can look for fun design templates or create your own!

Food
You can’t have a party without good food! The holidays are a great time to share your famous recipes with friends and family, but did you know that every year tons of food gets wasted? When cooking for the holidays, try to get the most accurate count of guests attending. Then cook for that number. Usually people will bring their own dishes so you don’t have to worry about running out of food.

Another eco-friendly tip is to buy fresh, organic foods from local farmers. Check out the Brownsville Farmers Market in Linear Park. They are open every Saturday from 9 am to noon. When you buy from the farmers market, not only will your recipes have more flavor, you’ll be supporting local business.

Decorations
Party decorations help liven up your space and really help set the party atmosphere, but you don’t have to spend a fortune on them! Try these:

  • Use LED lights. They use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 10 times longer.
  • Reuse old sweaters and blankets to create cloth decorations like stockings for the mantel or snowflakes to hang on your door. RedFish Recycling Holiday Party Tips
  • Make an organic wreath out of twigs and branches. Click here to learn how.
  • Create fun ornaments out of old lightbulbs and paint.

There are hundreds of great DIY decoration ideas on Pinterest.

Tableware
This is the hardest part to go green on. The best way to reduce waste at a holiday party is to use reusable plates, cups and utensils, but we understand that the fine china is not appropriate for large groups. Luckily you can find great eco-friendly disposable tableware that is made of recycled materials. Check out these plates and utensils from Eco Party Time or look for products that say “biodegradable” or “recycled”.

Don’t forget to set up a recycling bin at your party! With RedFish Recycling, you can throw your recycling all into one bin. We do all the sorting for you!

If you have any questions about how to make your holiday party eco-friendly, ask us on our Facebook page