Ecoed’s 8 Top Tips on How to Green Your Christmas Party
Take inspiration from Ecoed’s 8 Top Tips on How to Green Your Christmas Partyand make sure that your Party, whether at home or in the office, becomes a more sustainable event this year!
The season to be jolly is very soon upon us. Christmas can be one of the most wasteful celebrations of the year – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Take inspiration from Ecoed’s 8 Top Tips on How to Green Your Christmas Partyand make sure that your Party, whether at home or in the office, becomes a more sustainable event this year!
1. Venue & Catering
The lead word here is of course: no single-use. Did you know that the word single-use is the word of 2018? Your Christmas Party should absolutely follow suit; no single-use cups, glasses, plates, serving trays… and the list goes on. Speak to your venue or caterer – you are the client, you decide. And make sure any napkins are at least compostable!
2. Food & Drink
Think organic, local produce, free-range, vegetarian, vegan. With the food choice you can make a big difference on the environmental impact of your Christmas Party – and make it healthier too. Do your best to avoid food waste – could surplus go somewhere useful or at least be composted?
As for drinks… do I even need to mention that there is no need for straws, of any kind. If you do need them (perhaps there are people with disabilities or young children around), then use re-useable straws.
3. Secret Santa
Rather than buying stuff for each other that we do not need, why not agree to give the money to a charity chosen by the party goers? Or join one of the shoebox appeals where the contents go to a child somewhere which might not have a merry holiday otherwise? it will save wrapping paper too.
I am only saying LED lights and reusable material. You get the idea. Be creative!
5. Christmas Tree
A fun and worthwhile idea, good for the planet and our environment, would be to get the party goers to plant trees instead of taking one out. If you are desperate for one, check if it is FSC certified and make sure it is planted somewhere or at least recycled at the end of the holidays.
This is about safety as well as saving carbon emissions. Encourage people to walk or cycle (healthiest option!), use public transport or car share. Transport is usually the biggest culprit in environmental impact of events.
7. Christmas Cards
Go for e-cards instead and support a charity while you are at it!
8. Games and entertainment
For a bit of fun and healthy competition as well as raising awareness of human environmental footprint and inspiring party goers to take action – run an Ecoed Challenge with us!
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