Eco-Easy Entertaining

Eco-Easy Entertaining

The decorations are up, the gifts are wrapped, and now it’s time to party. Entertaining over the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful for you or the environment. Here are some tips for hassle-free hosting that doesn’t hurt Mother Earth.

1.) Don’t do disposable. Use your real dishes, glasses and stemware. They are more sturdy, generate no paper or plastic waste and make the event a little more formal (in a good way). Isn’t that why you bought them in the first place?

2.) Go local for any ingredients that you can, and give visitors a “taste” of your region of the country.

3.) If you can’t get it locally, buy it in bulk. Not only will it save you money, but the amount of packaging waste is typically significantly less.

4.) Toast locally and organically. Look for local and organic wines, beers and egg nog to serve to your guests.

5.) Turn down the heat. The guests, oven, holiday sweaters and spirits will certainly keep everyone plenty warm.

6.) Serve small portions, like the recipe below, so everyone can try a bit of everything without having to take more than they want (and having it go to waste).

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on December 19, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

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