Summer is no time to stay indoors, and we want to ensure the outside remains as inviting as it’s always been. Wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy your time outdoors while taking care of the environment around you? Well, you can! Make your outdoor party eco-friendly so your friends can have tons of fun without wondering what their activities are doing to the environment.
Go Completely Paperless
Start off by going completely paperless. Send out all your invitations digitally. Don’t kill any more trees by sending out elaborate paper invitations. Often, those invitations would just end up in the trash—and not the recycling either.
Going completely paperless means no paper plates or cups either. Don’t try to substitute them with plastic ones because plastic is much worse for the environment. Yes, washing dishes is a pain, but you save so many trees by sacrificing your time and leisure. If you can swing it, go for the cloth napkins instead of the standard paper towels.
Divvy Up the Trash
Have multiple sections for the trash at the end of the night. Depending on what you serve, some leftover food and scraps can become compost. Have clearly labeled places for bottles, cartons, plastics, etc.
If you don’t have your guests separate their trash themselves, enlist some of your friends or guests to help you with this task during or after the event. Depending on the size of your party, trying to do it all by yourself will prove difficult. You will want to party yourself, so don’t try to maintain the trash situation the whole night. Put up some signs so your guests can abide by the trash separation policy.
Don’t Flush It Down
When you’re hosting an outdoor party, you don’t want to force your guests to run back and forth between indoors and outdoors to use the washroom. If that’s the case, or if your outdoor event does not have a bathroom facility nearby, you should consider renting a few portable restrooms. Believe it or not, porta-potties are more environmentally friendly despite the bad rap they get. With a portable bathroom, you preserve water and prevent the spread of germs.
Keep the Noise to a Minimum
People don’t often consider how noise pollutes the environment. Blasting your music well past midnight causes more damage than you realize. Birds, bees, and other wildlife are sensitive to noise. Having your music carry on well into the night can disturb their circadian rhythms.
Play your music and have a great time. Enjoy yourself but be considerate of how much your fun affects those around you. Remember, your outdoor party is technically inside their home, so keep the volume at a respectable level.
Have fun this summer but remember to be kind to Earth by making your outdoor party eco-friendly!