How to Make Your Event a Little “Greener”
Whether you are having a family get-together or a community-wide event, there are ways to help you save money as well as save the planet in the long run.
First off, invest in any reusable products – From plates to gloves to tablecloths to containers! Do you often use plastic tablecloths to cover the tables at your picnic, monthly meetings, or special event? Next time consider opting for a few fabric table coverings that you can simply wash each time. They will last for years, unlike plastic tablecloths that will last for decades in a trash dump. The same goes reusable plates and silverware. You may not want to use your good china or daily dinning ware, but perhaps you could buy a set of durable, reusable plates (usually a heavy plastic) and utensils that you can use and wash for the next time. These make better options than Styrofoam and other disposables.
Planning to do a clean-up in the community or even at your own home or business? Will you be using gloves to collect the litter and trash along the way? Invest in garden gloves rather than latex/plastic versions. Much like fabric tablecloths and heavy plastic plates, these gloves can be washed and reused each time instead of being tossed in the garbage. In any case, it’s always best to find a way to reuse a product before recycling or even throwing something away.
Another thing to consider in planning your event is your location. If you can, hold your meeting or festival outside using natural light. Another option would be to hold an event in a room with plenty of natural sunlight where you would need no or very little artificial lighting. All of these options can reduce your overall energy usage.
Now on to the food! Every picnic or meeting has to have something to snack on! Why not try creating an entire meal from local farmers markets and fresh produce vendors. Supporting local farmers supports the local economy. Many of these vendors have organic choices to make your meal even greener!
Finally, make getting to your event more environmentally friendly. Encourage friends and family to walk, bike, or even use public transportation to attend your “green” picnic, meeting, event, or festival!
These tips are just a start to help your organization, business, and family make small differences with a big impact on both the environment and your wallet!