These days more and more people are becoming environmentally sensitive in their planning. Here are five ways you can throw an event while preserving resources.
Shop local when it comes to food. Much of our food waste comes from shipping. And it takes a heck of a lot of fuel to get those global delicacies to your table. You also lose the freshest tastes when you get your fare from far away. Buy locally produced artisan cheeses instead of Brie. Buy sustainable pork or grass-fed beef burgers. Choose locally produced baked goods and desserts. This will help the planet, the farmer or local artisan and your guests’ taste buds. The same goes for wine and beer. Try out wineries and breweries in your area and serve local bevvies to your guests. If there are no wineries in your area, choose organic. Frog’s Leap Winery and Bonterra Vinyards are great options. Caterers like Affairs to Remember Caterers in Atlanta recycle and compost their waste and even offer 100 percent compostable meal boxes. Other caterers will be eager to work with your eco-friendly preferences and find local vendors to match your green desires.
Choose vintage attire and jewels. Sellers like LipStickWhiskey offer fabulous vintage dresses and accessories. And GreenKarat.com is a great place to snag an eco-friendly engagement ring or wedding band.
Buy local florals. This reduces your carbon footprint and insures freshness. You can also use mini trees at your eco-fete and you can plant them afterwards. Or pot up moss as a mod alternative to arrangements. We’ve even seen people skip florals completely and use vintage broaches. You could also add in some reusable bowls of fruit or veggies that compliment your flowers. Get creative and tell us what you come up with!
Use sustainable supplies. Websites like SustainableParty.com sells cups, plates, flatware, bowls and more to help you reduce the amount of waste an event can generate. They also offer a Best Practices Guide, free of charge, which is a 35 page PDF for anyone interested in throwing an eco-friendly event. You could even buy disposable plates and bowls made from sugar cane from Whole Foods.
Pick paper invitations that are made with 100% post-consumer, renewable green energy and are Green Seal™ Certified like those at SummerPagePress. And don’t forget the great e-invitation templates available on My Punchbowl, Evite, and pingg.
Even if you’re not ready to go green all the way, if you consider the above while you’re planning and try incorporating at least one green aspect into your event, you’re helping the planet. And remember, the best way to go eco-friendly at an event is to first refuse, then reduce, recycle and reuse.
Check out how one Georgia bride chose green while still creating a formal, high style, traditional wedding at GoGreenInStyle.com!