Make your party ‘green’

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  Save money and the environment this Labor Day with ‘green’ party ideas.  Sonja, Kelsey, and Claire are EcoFellows from the Center for EcoTechnology and they showed us how we can party greener.

Preparation:
-Send out e-vites instead of paper invitations
-Encourage guests to walk, bike or help them arrange a carpool
-Get a head count to avoid food waste
-Bring reusable bags to shop
-Try to use your own plates or buy disposable ones that you can compost

During the party:
-Clean the grill
-Use a natural gas or propane grill instead of charcoal, if you do use charcoal use FSC certified
-Cut up food into small pieces when grilling
-Label cups to avoid wasting

Cleanup:
-Put trash, recycling and compost bins in noticeable areas, making sure that they are clearly labeled.
-Encourage guests to bring Tupper-ware so they can take home leftovers
-Using your dishwasher? Turn off the “heated dry” setting
-Donate leftover food to local food bank or shelter

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