A Great Green New Year’s Eve

Golden Fireworks

Fireworks by markyharky (CC BY 2.0)

Woohoo! 2015 is almost here! 2014 went by so quickly. I can’t believe it’s almost over. It’s been a great year, but I’m looking forward to all the good things to come in 2015. Are you excited for all the New Year’s celebrations? I know I am. Sparkingly cider. Fireworks. Confetti. It’s enough to get anyone worked up! This year we’ve made huge progress on the eco-friendly front and I’m sure next year won’t disappoint. Let’s end things on a good note and start the new year off right with a green New Year’s Eve.

Go For the Green: Zero Waste Event

What’s a zero waste event? It’s an event that leaves (or comes close to leaving) no waste behind. That means that everything gets reused or recycled! Pretty cool, huh? We’ve got the tips straight from the guru on how to throw your own zero waste event. It might sound hard at first and a bit overwhelming, but if you take it one step at a time, it’s actually quite simple. It’s as easy as switching from regular confetti and balloons to biodegradable confetti and balloons! You can even make your own eco-friendly confetti. Here are some things to remember when throwing a zero waste event:

Cup Pyramid
Cup Pyramid by Yogma (CC-BY);
  • Try using recyclable or biodegradable cups, plates and napkins.
  • Compostable tableware is the most efficient.
  • Keep recycling and compost bins nearby for easy access to guests.
  • Try making signs with guidelines for what is and isn’t compostable.
  • Use bread bowls and ice cream bowls when possible.
  • Prepare easy to eat appetizers such as finger foods.

Some areas even offer zero waste event kits.

        Green Organization

Green Party Favors
Party Favors by Kid’s Birthday Parties (CC BY 2.0)

Throwing a green event doesn’t only mean having eco-friendly options for guests. It can also mean being eco-friendly in your organization and preparations. There are lots of ways this can be done. Try carpooling, taking the bus, biking or even walking to the event to save energy and gas. In Los Angeles we’ve got tons of bike trails and Metro routes. You can get almost anywhere by bike or bus!

Instead of sending out paper invitations, save a tree and use evites and ecards. Some evite sites even offer ideas and brainstorms techniques for upcoming events. You can personalize your invitations or stick with the simple layout. Make an ecard for any occasion or even just to say hello. When buying food for the occasion, try being a little greener and purchasing food grown locally. You can even make green party favors. This way you can help your guests start 2015 off with an eco-friendly mindset. I hope everyone had a great 2014 and that 2015 will be even better! Stay green!

What’s your favorite way to throw a green event? Tell me about it in the comments section below!