It’s no secret that I have recently become a vegan and started my mission in improving my life to ensure that I am putting a minimal carbon footprint on this Earth. There are things that are unavoidable, but the cruel industries of mass animal production for consumption are not only torturous and unnecessary for this Earth, but they are also contributing to larger scale global issues such as global warming, coral bleaching, and increased destruction of our only planet.
I want to help make things better, one step at a time, but I can’t ignore the passions of my life like event planning and event styling. These aspects of life’s celebrations help make this world a fun place, and I still want to host these wonderful events. Because of this I have been able to identify ways to host an eco-friendly and sustainable celebration that I would love to share with you.
You can have your cake and eat it too, so here are four ways you can host an eco-friendly event.
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Use Recyclable Products
Every year hundreds of billions of party items end up in the dump or in the environment, so why add to this waste with paper plates and party streamers when you can purchase recyclable products that look just as cute? Eco party supply stores such as Eco Party Box Australia, Susty Party, and Green Party Goods are a great way to decorate your party in style, and know that you haven’t added to the pile of biodegradable party supplies sitting in the dump.
If you can’t purchase these recyclable products, then recycle the party items time after time! Stick to plain coloured ceramic plates that are washable and in a versatile colour that you can use at your next party, or turn that Halloween cobweb into a Santa beard for Christmas. The opportunities are endless, so get your thinking caps on!
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Serve Vegan or Vegetarian Food
It might be hard for some people to shake, but vegan or vegetarian options are pretty damn delicious. Vegans save over 100 animals a year by not eating meat, and with so many options available for sustenance there isn’t really any excuse to chow down on a chicken that was raised simply for slaughter. I have seen countless fabulous looking weddings and events that have catered solely for a vegetarian or a vegan diet, and they prove that you don’t have to be barefoot to have a great animal-loving time.
A local vegan restaurant here called Sweet Bones also happens to host a vegan Thanksgiving every year, and while many might think the absence of a turkey means the end of Thanksgiving, it proves that the food can be delicious, and the event can be celebrated for the right reasons – giving thanks to what is good in your life, and not just stuffing your face with stuffing.
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Raise Money for a Charity
There are so many not-for-profit and charity organisations out there that do so many good things for the planet, so why not use your celebration as a chance to give back? It’s common amongst events such as weddings where a donation to a chosen charity is given in lieu of gifts, so the same situation can be applied at other parties as well – including birthdays or anniversaries.
Even collecting gold coin donations at an event, or simply collecting money at a party is a good way to raise some much needed funds for a cause that you believe in. Have a look online at the donation pages for any charities you may want to raise money for, but for some ideas you can have a look at Alzheimer’s Australia, Animals Australia, Greenpeace, the RSPCA, the Mercy Foundation, or Palliative Care Australia, just to name a few!
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Ditch the Invites and Do the E-Vites
Invitations can mean a lot of wasted paper that looks great to begin with, but only a few will end up surviving to be apart of a wedding scrapbook – the rest will end up being thrown out. And unless you have used biodegradable paper or even seed paper (where the paper turns into a seed that grows!) that is definitely not the way to an eco-friendly event.
We’re lucky that in this day and age, people have access to technology, which means they can have access to your invitation for your event. There are so many ways you can put your invite together – make a website or use a blog template to direct your guests to the information they need. Send an email or use a template email to jazz your email to be more than just another work email.
There are so many options, you won’t be hard pressed to find an invitation that will suit your needs and not end up killing trees!
So there you have it – four different ways you can plan your event to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. If you have any other ideas, or hosted an environmentally friendly party yourself, send me some photos or a message to my email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the contact page on my About me section.
Stay tuned for some more environmentally friendly weddings and events being featured on The Party Connection soon!