The environment is a tremendous concern in today’s world, and most people are trying to make their habits more eco-friendly. This trend is growing, so why not follow suit and make your birthday habits more eco-friendly with a green party?
There are simple, everyday things you can do to go green. If you don’t already recycle, start. If recycling pick-up isn’t available in your area, commit to separating your garbage from recyclable goods and make a weekly or monthly trip to your local recycling center.
Another easy change is to replace every light bulb in your house with high-efficiency bulbs. Technology has come a long way, and these bulbs put off great light without using a lot of electricity. Then, go one step further and make it a habit to turn lights off in rooms you aren’t using.
Finally, another easy, inexpensive fix is to replace the chemical-based cleaners in your home with non-toxic ones. This is safer for everyone in your household, especially for any young children or pets that might ingest the products. Again, great improvements have been made with all natural cleaners and you can easily choose the non-toxic cleaners that will work best in your home.
Green Party Planning
First, if you are hosting the party in your home, whether indoors or outside, refrain from using paper goods. Even if you are having a large gathering, resist the temptation to go out and buy several packages of paper plates and plastic utensils. Instead, consider hiring a caterer. This way you don’t have to deal with food preparation, and caterers usually provide dishes and glasses. Now, you’re free to mingle with your guests and don’t have to worry about your dishes getting broken.
Consider offering drinks in cans and glass bottles instead of liter bottles with separate glasses. This helps preserve water since the dishwasher won’t have to be run several time to accommodate the glasses used. Then, decorate boxes in various hues of green; perhaps dark green could be for glass bottles, lime green for cans, and dark and light green stripes could denote plastic bottles. That way, your recycling is already separated for you at the end of the evening, and you won’t have ugly recycling containers overflowing at your party.
There are many ways to have a party with a purpose and maintain a celebratory atmosphere. Depending on your interests, you could send out invitations featuring green forests with a clearing in the center for the wording. Ask guests to bring a tree to plant, whether you will plant them in your backyard or meet at a specific location to plant the trees as a group. If you choose the latter, make sure you have permission to plant the trees and find out if there are any restrictions before sending out birthday invitations. Then, provide shovels and gloves and start planting. Afterwards, you could have a picnic near the new trees or head back to your house for a barbeque. After all, you now have two things to celebrate.
Following these simple tips will give you an eco-friendly birthday making your party will be a green success.