Eco-Friendly Parties

Christmas Waste © Planet Ark

Parties are the cornerstones of this season. You can add a touch of green to your celebrations with a few simple steps:

  • Choose eco friendly decorations like seasonal flowers and bees-wax or soy candles.
  • Opt for re-usable plates and cutlery, or alternatively select bamboo and palm leaf picnic plates and bowls that can be reused several times then composted at the end of the season (available from www.biome.com.au and other eco-friendly retailers).
  • Buy locally produced food and drink and remember to choose sensibly-packaged produce.
  • After the party, make sure that you clean up properly! Mark your recycling bins and garbage bins clearly so that your guests know where to put their disposables.
  • Left-over party food makes for a nice lunch the next day and once you're ready to throw away remaining food scraps ensure that they are composted or worm-farmed, rather than put in the bin to be sent to landfill.
  • You can also put your biodegradable plates and bowls (if you have them) into the compost. Download a comprehensive composting and worm-farming guide below.
  • Remember to recycle all of your party hats, empty champagne bottles, corks, beer bottles, aluminium cans, fruit mince pie trays and biscuit tins.
  • To find out how to recycle other party-ware visit RecyclingNearYou.com.au or call 1300 733 712.

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