Birthdays and holidays are the perfect times to think about green living. From reducing waste to protecting wildlife, there are many ways you can help the environment while you celebrate. Here are some tips to try.
At your own celebration.
Do you and a friend have birthdays in the same month? Consider throwing a joint party to double the fun and reduce the waste!
Designate an area for your guests to place their trash and recyclables
Choose healthy organic or natural snacks that are grown or produced locally
Make your own ice pops or cake at home. Store bought treats are expensive and come with wasteful packaging.
Use environmentally friendly or reusable plates, bowls, cups, straws, and utensils
Decorate sheets and fabrics for banners and tablecloths instead of buying paper ones or reuse store bought decorations from year to year
If you’re barbequing, switch to organic hot dogs and hamburger beef
Choose natural juices or sodas
Ask your guests to donate to a charity instead of bringing a gift
Consider giving guests a small potted plant or have them create a craft out of recycled materials instead of goody bags
Cleanup afterwards with non-toxic products
Invited to someone else’s party or celebration?
Here are some tips on how to be a green guest.
If you’re planning on giving the guest of honor flowers, consider a potted plant. They last longer and can be planted in the ground so your gift will be present for years to come.
Instead of a toy that has a lot of packaging, try giving an active gift such as movie tickets or passes to a museum.
Reuse fabric, gift wrap, or bags around your own home for gift giving.
Make or purchase a card made out of recycled paper
Create your own gift wrap by decorating paper shopping bags.
Looking for a gift for a younger friend or family member? Many companies such as Green Toys sell toys made out of 100% recycled plastic that are made in the USA.
Green Winter Holidays
Have you seen this pine?
It is called the Norfolk Island Pine and is commonly given as a holiday gift in a festively wrapped pot. While these living holiday trees may look pretty along with the rest of your decorations, if they are planted in the ground they will grow to be very tall and can cause great damage during a hurricane.
Encourage your families to give small native plants such as the Southern Red Cedar or Sand Pine as gifts instead. They can be easily planted in the ground and are not harmful to the environment.