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.

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Green Holiday Parties