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Planning A Party? 5 Ways to Make It Eco-Cool

By Recyclebank |
Everyone wants to be cool. This doesn’t have to involve hiring Lady Gaga or sweeping everyone away on a tropical get-away (but if you’re planning a party like that, I’d really love to be invited).

Everyone wants to be cool. This doesn’t have to involve hiring Lady Gaga or sweeping everyone away to a surprise tropical get-away (if you’re planning a party like that, I’d really love to be invited).

Whether you have plans for a casual BBQ or nice dinner party—indoors or out—you can make it an eco-cool extravaganza without the extravagance!

1. Use sustainable tableware!

2The best choice: Use dishes, glasses and silverware that you already own. But if a party without paper plates and throw-away utensils terrorizes you, there’s an alternative you don’t have to feel eco-guilty about. Verterra dinnerware made from fallen palm leaves and Aspenware cutlery made from made from hardwoods that are ordinarily burnt or left to rot during regular industrial logging. If you don’t use them for juicy steak or raw meats, you could easily wash re-use them. Otherwise, toss them in the compost (be sure not to toss the meat in there!)—they’re 100% biodegradable!

2. Serve slow food.

2An organic vegetarian main course made from locally grown produce is the best eco-option, but you can also feature sustainable fish, free-range chicken or grass-fed beef accompanied by locally grown, in season fruits and vegetables. To make it easy, find a community supported agriculture (CSA) near you. CSAs provide a direct link between local farmers and consumers. Why’s that cool? It’s all about presentation: guests will be fascinated to know the origin of the food they’re eating.  PS. Make your own dressing from organic olive or flaxseed oil.

3. Offer sustainable drinks.

2Consider biodynamic and/or organic wines, fresh marguaritas (6 parts blue agave tequila, 5 parts triple sec, 3 parts fresh organic lime juice with sea salt rim), or other drinks that contain organic fruits. Don’t want to play bartender? Check out the new 1800 tequila drink mix line, packed in light, recyclable cartons and sweetened with Blue Agave nector. Have filtered tap water on hand in a glass pitcher for the non-drinkers.

4. Glass and more glass.

It’s not an eco-cool party if you serve drinks in plastic. Instead, use your own glassware or—if you’re in need—purchase these cool Fair Trade goblets and drinking glasses made from recycled glass. For an added touch of coolness, go with glass straws.

GlassDharma straws
are hand-blown from glass and even have a life-time guarantee against breakage (Note: that does NOT mean you can throw them against the wall).

5. Screen —or just bring up as a convo starter—an environmental-related movie

2Like Oceans (now in theatres), No Impact Man, Toxic Soup, or Fuel. Serve organic popcorn (I recommend popping it first).

About Lynn

The founder of and I Count for myEARTH, Lynn is also a contributing editor to Just Cause Magazine and other online publications. You can find her on twitter & facebook. Guaranteed. Most days between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. She practices breathing when she thinks of it, runs, intends to do more yoga and loves to eat ice cream and 70% or higher dark chocolate. She lives in the Chicago surburbs with her husband, son and two feisty cats. She lives on the computer.

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  • Lawrence M. 3 years ago
    great ideas.
  • Jean G. 4 years ago
    I think using real glasses and dishes says a lot about the level of 'partyness' that's going on. I watch for sets of glasses/dishes at Costco and when they're on sale to be discontinued I snap them up. Now I have several different types of place settings - festive colors, shapes and designs that cost practically nothing as well as great beverage glasses and servers. buy gigantic tablecloths on sale as well - one matching huge one and one to fit the table. I cut the huge one up and make cocktail and/or dinner napkins to match the table or wraps and bows for the chairs. Huge tablecloths can be had all day long for $5 or so, and make wonderful curtain panels.

    Liked the article, but I have an issue with the drinks! Beautiful specialized drinks with fancy ingredients....but the non-drinkers get filtered water? Boo. At least as much creativity and effort should go into the non-drinker's drinks as into the drinker's beverages. How sad to come dressed to party, bring a hostess gift, see the pretty drinks everyone is holding, and be handed a pitcher of water "Here, help yourself." Really? How about those large glass drink dispensers with an assortment of fresh fruit floating in blackberry herbal iced tea, or scooped out pineapples as cups to hold icy fresh fruit punch, or imported ginger 'beer' or, or, or, I could just go on and on but I'll spare you. My point is just that because we're going 'green' doesn't mean that we're going spare, dry or boring. Liven it up, peeps! It's summertime! Party on, dudes!
  • sunny e. 4 years ago
    love it
  • Allison J. 5 years ago
    love it!!
  • Elaine F. 5 years ago
    good ideas.
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