Whether you are attending or hosting a party for Super Bowl XLVI, you can score one for the environment. There are easy ways you can reduce waste as you prepare for the festivities.
Set the stage for success by using reusable and washable plates, platters, silverware, napkins, cups and mugs.
Keep packaging waste at bay by purchasing in bulk, bringing your own reusable shopping bags when you shop and serving drinks in pitchers instead of individual serving containers.
Green your grill and buffet by featuring local produce, meats and treats. Year-round farmers markets in Ballard, the University District and West Seattle are plentiful with seasonal crops and meat from local farms. Local foods are also available at grocery stores and specialty shops like Rain Shadow Meats.
When it is time to clean up, encourage your guests to pitch in. Set out your recycling containers, and if you have food scraps and yard debris collection service, help guests keep food waste out of the garbage by using a collection container for food scraps.
According to the US EPA, nearly 113 billion disposable cups, 39 billion disposable eating utensils, and 29 billion disposable plates are used in the US each year.
The best environmental alternative is to use durable, reusable and washable serviceware, even when considering the energy used to manufacture reusables and the water and soaps used to wash them(1).
Source: (1) EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
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