With Christmas a few days behind us, fab new eco-products in our closets, kitchens and garages, and New Year’s Eve just ahead, here are our recommendations for a Green New Year’s Eve:
If you’re throwing your own party:
1. Use glassware instead of plastic. No one likes to drink out of plastic anyway. Inexpensive glasses can be picked up at your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or Saint Vincent de Paul‘s, or new from Crate and Barrel (who is having an up to 50% of winter clearance sale), Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table. Store these glasses with your Holiday decorations and pull them out each year when you throw a big party – reusable and beautiful!
2. Cloth napkins instead of paper. Again, these can be purchased just about anywhere that carries household items, or if you’re really crafty and have oodles of time on your hands you can make your own. If you’re Martha Stewart material, you could even personalize them for each of your guests. Me, I just use white linen. If you have to go paper, use 100% post consumer, non bleached paper products.
3. Use LED lights when you’re decorating.
4. Set up a carpool or hire a van to ferry guests to and from.
5. When you’re ready to clean up, use eco-friendly soap like Biokleen, Method or Seventh Generation and compost all your food, paper and biodegradble garbage.
If you’re going out:
1. Use public transportation or carpool to your event.
2. Drink locally made wines or liquor.
3. Eat at a local, family owned restaurant and order organic.
4. Skip the plastic water bottle – bring your own reusable, or if you have to get a plastic cup from the bartender, hold onto it for the night.
5. Encourage just one other person to do the same!
Have a safe and happy new year’s eve!