Tableware for a Green Party
One of the best areas where you can go green at your next party is with the tableware. Using disposable will leave a huge mound of trash that will end up in a landfill and spend years, if not decades, decomposing. Here are some of the ways you can make your tableware eco-friendly.
Think Durable versus Disposable
While it is true that you don’t have to wash disposable items, over the course of several parties you will pay just as much, if not more, for the disposable tableware versus more enduring straws, cups, glassware, plates, bowls and cutlery.
Plastic straws are out due to their damage to the environment. Try paper instead. For more durable ones, try bamboo, stainless steel, or glass.
Young children can drop and spill things easily if the cup is too large. Small enameled tin cups might work well for parties.
Arcoroc makes a line of durable glasses in all shapes and sizes. You can also use jam jars or Mason jars for sturdy glassware at parties. This is the perfect way to make the most of them if the airtight gaskets start to age and get stiff.
Plates and Bowls
This will depend on your budget. You can find pretty sets of lightweight, break-proof Corelleware in a range of designs. They are perfect for everyday use no matter what the ages in the family. If you want a party set, choose something festive looking in a color scheme that will work well for a range of occasions, not just a birthday.
You can also buy stoneware, but make sure it is from the US and is dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Dishes made overseas can often be covered in a glaze that breaks down over time, especially when heated.
Melamine (Bakelite) is a common material for children’s cups and dishes, but it should not be microwave or used with very hot foods like soups or stews.
Stainless steel will hold up to the dishwasher. Cutlery sets come in many attractive and affordable designs. Avoid the ones with the colored plastic handles, as they tend to crack or snap.
Use for your tablecloths and napkins. Just throw them in the wash at the end of each party. Aim for useful colors. You can then dress up the look with table runners in cloth that can also be put in the wash, or use homemade placemats and table runners the children can create as part of the fun.
Shatter-proof bowls in a range of sizes are useful for almost any course at a party. Large serving spoons in stainless steel are durable and can also be used for most courses at the party.
What about Recycled?
If you still feel you want disposable tableware, look for recycled paper products created with post-consumer waste. Also choose products that have not been bleached; bleaching paper is very harmful to the environment also.
If you love the idea of greening your parties but really don’t have the space to store all sorts of spare tableware sets, consider renting what you need from a local party store or caterer.
All the above suggestions can assist with the reduction of landfill waste. Give some of these ideas a try!
Until next time!
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