How To Throw a Green Outdoor Party

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According to the Clean Air Council, every day 43,000 tons of food are thrown out in the United States, and each year Americans toss out enough paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons to circle the equator 300 times. That news can really ruin the party! Here are some great suggestions to keep any event positively green.

Go paperless on invitations

One of the advantages of digital technology is that it really can be a green alternative. Email your friends and family your party invitations and save a tree!

Plan organically

Get all your party food locally, which can really reduce the impact on the environment by reducing the cost of transportation from other states. In addition, you should only consider organic foods and beverages. These products were grown free of fertilizers and pesticides, and by supporting organic farmers with appetizers and drinks made from organic products, you are truly and positively impacting the environment while still having a good time. There is even organic beer and wine!

Go aluminum

As more and more beverages are being packaged in plastic bottles the attitude is generally that plastic can be recycled too. But in reality it takes 95 percent less energy to recycle an aluminum can than to create a new can from raw materials. Serve your cold drinks in aluminum so you can recycle much more easily. Designate one of these specialized recycle containers just for aluminum cans. Besides, aluminum will really help cold drinks stay cold longer.

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Say no to Styrofoam

Styrofoam is a landfill nightmare and one of the most common sights at any get-together. Go with recycled paper plates and party ware so that cheese dip bowl from Labor Day 2015 does not last for 1000 years.

Clean up green

Avoid using plastic garbage bags as much as possible. Plastic is like radioactive material to the environment-it lasts a long time, up to 10-20 years! Use these popular recyclable waste containers to keep waste under control at your event. No need for bags, each container can be easily recycled. Designate different containers for glass, aluminum cans and anything else you can recycle. When the party is done, simply give them to your recycler. The containers are lightweight, easy to assemble and if you really party a lot, they can be reused. That’s right, just empty your recyclables into recycle containers at home and fold these nifty corrugated waste containers back up for the next party you plan!

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