Are you an environmentally conscious individual? If so, you know it’s not always easy to convince others to feel the same way.
Luckily, everyone wins when it comes time to celebrate the holidays. Here’s your guide on how to throw an eco-friendly holiday party.
Host an Ugly Sweater Party
A fun way to celebrate the holidays is to host an ugly sweater party, but make sure to stipulate that the sweaters can’t be new. For the party to remain eco-friendly, your guests need to find sweaters secondhand—for example, they could upcycle them from their parents’ closet.
If finding the perfect ugly sweater is too challenging, guests can even build their own from scratch by decorating a vintage sweater with household items. Nothing is more fun than a DIY project, so tell your guests ahead of time so they can start thinking of ideas!
Cook Vegetarian or Vegan Meals
Due to the carbon footprint of the meat and dairy industry, choosing to eat vegetarian or vegan meals is a more eco-friendly decision. Getting your guests to enjoy a vegetarian or vegan meal might be difficult, but as long as you make it delicious, they won’t be able to resist!
You can make cookies, cupcakes, or even brownies with vegan ingredients, and you can cook a light meal beforehand so your guests have plenty of room for these sweet treats. If possible, try to purchase your ingredients from local sources. This reduces the environmental impact of shipping the food and also benefits small businesses, which only strengthens your community ties.
Use Biodegradable Cutlery and Dishware
Going with reusable cutlery and dishware is fine for small gatherings, but if you plan on hosting a big party, there might not be enough for everyone. That’s why you’ll want to use eco-friendly party supplies such as biodegradable cutlery and dishware to lower the overall carbon footprint of your event. In addition, you can guide your guests toward making green decisions by marking your garbage and recycling bins clearly for paper, plastic, glass, compost, and metal.
Overall, choosing to stay environmentally conscious this holiday season doesn’t have to be impossible. Now that you know how to throw an eco-friendly holiday party, have fun and go green!