Incorporating sustainable practices into your event can seem like a daunting task. With the right approach, though, it can be a simple process that doesn’t take away from the practicality or atmosphere of the event. With that in mind, here are some of the easiest ways to host a spectacular get-together and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
Switch out the decorations
No matter what aesthetic you’re aiming for, the colour scheme can be green – and selecting alternatives to the usual plastic-laden decorations is a great way to start. Some ideas include choosing biodegradable balloons, using bubbles to create a celebratory vibe, or even taking a hole-punch to some leaves to get truly natural confetti. The phrase ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ is in that order for a reason: after you’ve cut down what you can, look to party hire businesses so that you can reuse their materials – for example, plant hire is a trendy way to create a gorgeous aesthetic, that just happens to be responsible too.
The most obvious way to be sustainable in regard to your party food is by using recyclable or biodegradable plates, cutlery, and cups. Thankfully, these options are very accessible these days. However, a sustainable food supply doesn’t stop at forks. What about the food itself? Whether you’re using a caterer or supplying your own party food, look into using locally sourced ingredients and implementing a zero-waste menu.
Invites and gifts
Most events are organised online, but if you’re having a larger and more formal event like a wedding, consider doing your invites via email or having a dedicated event website. This not only saves on paper (and loads of money), but cuts down on the additional environmental impacts of postage as well. Additionally, if the event is one where gifts will be given, there are plenty of gift options to ask for outside the realm of consumable products. It may be an idea to request an experience gift, gift cards or money, or for your guests to make a charitable donation in lieu of a present.
Are you going to have a dress theme? If so, this often means guests are buying an outfit, especially for the occasion. If you’d love to have a theme that requires a special dress code, go for an option that can already be found in most people’s wardrobes (like an all-white party), or something that requires a trip to the thrift store (like a vintage style or decade party).
By adopting these simple steps into the party planning process, you’ll end up with a more environmentally conscious event that you can feel good about! Our team can help you, get in touch with us here.