Green Birthday Tips
We all know that it is our individual responsibility to consider our environmental impact and make changes towards reducing our footprint on the planet. We are replacing our light bulbs, recycling, bringing our own bags grocery shopping and so on and so forth.
But did you know that your next big birthday bash could be both environmentally and socially responsible? Here are ten things you can do to benefit your environment and community while partying like a rock star!
1. Choose a location whose rental fees will benefit the community at large like a museum, park, historic home, not for profit.
2. Make sure your venue is close to public transportation and that your guests are made aware of this fact. You can even offer a special present for those who take public transportation such as a free subway pass or a recycled grocery bag.
3. To reduce paper consumption and printing costs create a minimal invite on recycled paper or a re-usable item like a branded packet of forget me not seeds directing guests to an event webpage with all of the details including car pooling and public transportation routes.
4. Cut down on cut flowers…hire a local artist to create centerpieces (recycled materials, found art sculptures) then raffle or auction them off to guests.
5. Go vegetarian (or more vegetarian) This is not only good for the animals it will also help cut down on ozone depleting methane gas production.
6. Recognize and appreciate your designated drivers…a special raffle or fresh fruit juice bar
7. Set up recycling stations and include clear and easy to follow instructions of what goes where.
8. Think of creative ways to seat guests that don’t involve paper place cards (potted herbs with their name painted on the pot) These are also great take home gifts.
9. Rent linens/glassware/flatware...avoid plastics and disposables.
10. Support local musicians and dj’s; forgo canned music for live talent.
Bonus: Hire a green event planner with a solid reputation and proven track record who will green your event for you!
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