Although traditional birthday parties can be fun, they can also create a lot of unnecessary excess waste. From wrapping paper to paper plates, the trash starts piling high as guests begin to throw away their garbage.
As it becomes increasingly important to reduce our carbon footprint, you may want to consider throwing an eco-friendly birthday this year.
Whether it ‘s for your kids, or a friend, supporting the environment will only be a great addition to the birthday festivities. There are several ways to keep things green and in return, celebrating the day with little impact on our planet earth.
Tips for a Green Birthday Party
This year, instead of buying costly invitations, consider using free printable birthday cards from the internet that you can print out using eco friendly paper. There are so many websites now that offer a diverse array of invitations to suit any kind of party.
Search the Internet to find the best invitations for your party’s theme and make sure to send the invitation with plenty of time before the party. This will help avoid delayed responses, especially for those who don’t check their mail often.
When decorating for your birthday party, try to minimize the amount of balloons, or paper decorations used. You may not have realized that these items will eventually be thrown away, creating more waste.
As a green alternative, consider decorating your house with bright, cheerful house plants that will not only help the quality of air, but will also last for a long time. Try cutting some fresh flowers from your yard to place around the house.
If you still want to use paper decorations, try using recycled paper and remember to once again, recycle the paper after use. When shopping for decorations, keep in mind that there are a few things like a tablecloth that can be used over and over again.
More Ways to Reduce Waste
Another great way to support your local farmer’s and to keep things green is to serve organic food at your birthday party. Foods that are not grown organically have the potential to contain harmful chemicals and are detrimental to the environment.
You can visit your local farmer’s market to pick some of the best fruits and vegetables in season, or just visit a near by health food store that sells organic products.
Consider baking your cake from all natural ingredients, or support a bakery that uses all organic ingredients. Not only will you taste the difference, but also you will feel better as you strive to help the environment.
Instead of using disposable paper plates and utensils this year, pull out your real plates and silverware. This will minimize the amount of trash produce and will also contribute to the birthday’s festivities.
If you are concerned about the amount of dishes that will need to be cleaned after the party, there are disposable plates available that are not made from trees.
These plates are also soak-proof and biodegradable. Many plates are now made of corn, potato, and even sugar-cane pulp and can become apart of your compost when finished using.
Make this year’s birthday memorable by reducing your carbon footprint and following a few of these environmentally friendly tips. Your guests will be impressed with your consideration for our planet and may choose to have a green birthday party themselves.