With this season’s holiday parties, plan and hold ‘green’ events. You may not be able to do everything but even a few activities set the example.
Here are a few ideas to help your holiday parties, whether at home or work, to be more environmentally conscious:
Be zero waste. Boulder’s eco-cycle Zero Waste Holiday Guide you’ll find tips for reducing holiday waste, green giving ideas, and alternatives to wasteful wrapping paper! For Boulder County residents, page 2 offers a quick guide to which holiday items are locally recyclable, where to recycle them, and special tree collection and recycling sites.
Use compostable disposables. Eco-Products have an entire line of compostable of bio-ware of forks, knives, spoons, cups and plates. Although, these items can be a little more expensive and not decorated, they are eco-friendly and set the right tone and image for companies trying to be more green.
Donate extra food. If you have extra food, don’t let it go to waste. Consider giving it to the following local Colorado food banks; Boulder Emergency Family Assistance Center, Denver Rescue Mission, or Food Bank of the Rockies .
Provide alternative transportation options. When possible provide alternative transportation options to the holiday gatherings. Arrange carpools, provide van transportation or hold your event near a public transit stop.
Use less meat at parties. Meat consumption has a high environmental impact. Try some new holiday vegetarian recipes from Vegetarian Times.