DIY: Host a Sustainable Outdoor Gathering This Summer
As the summer days approach, it’s the perfect time to gather with friends and enjoy the warm weather outside. Why not make it even more special by hosting a sustainable gathering?
Embracing eco-friendly practices not only helps reduce our environmental footprint but also creates an atmosphere of mindfulness and care. Doing this small but important work with your friends and family is a sure way to bond, as well as show your commitment to helping the environment.
1. Start by Mindful Menu Planning
Begin by curating a menu that showcases seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Visit farmer’s markets or choose organic options to support sustainable agriculture practices. Buying local is a great way to support your community while avoiding industrial farming.
Emphasize plant-based dishes, which have a lower environmental impact, or consider incorporating sustainably caught seafood or ethically raised meats.
2. Reduce Food Waste
Combat food waste by accurately estimating the amount of food needed and preparing smaller portions. Encourage guests to take leftovers home or provide composting options for food scraps. Get creative with repurposing food remnants into delicious recipes or consider donating excess food to local charities or food banks.
3. Eco-Friendly Table Settings
Opt for reusable tableware, such as durable plates, glasses, and silverware. While plastic and paper plates are easier, they don’t provide a beautiful table setting that can be achieved with your own silverware.
If disposables are necessary, choose compostable or biodegradable alternatives made from materials like bamboo or sugarcane. Cloth napkins and tablecloths add an elegant touch and can be washed and reused for future events.
4. Ambient Lighting
Make the most of the summer evenings by utilizing natural lighting as much as possible. When additional light is needed, opt for candles made from soy or beeswax, which are more eco-friendly than traditional petroleum-based candles.
If it is a larger gathering, we understand that candles can be a fire hazard. If you must use energy, consider solar-powered outdoor lights or energy-efficient LED bulbs that can create a magical atmosphere while minimizing electricity consumption.
Topgreener further has helpful devices that can aid your lighting, such as our astronomic timer switch that ensures the light isn’t left on during the day.
5. Decor and Ambiance
Embrace nature-inspired décor by using potted plants or fresh flowers as centerpieces. Repurpose items from your home or thrift stores for unique and sustainable table decorations. Consider using reusable or biodegradable materials for party favors or personalized place cards.
Encourage carpooling, public transportation, or cycling to reduce carbon emissions. If possible, host the dinner party in a location accessible to guests using eco-friendly transportation options.
By hosting a sustainable summer party, you’re not only treating your guests to a delightful experience but also showing them the beauty and importance of conscious living. Through mindful menu planning, waste reduction, eco-friendly table settings, and embracing nature-inspired ambiance, you can create a memorable and environmentally responsible gathering.
Let your sustainable gathering inspire others to make positive changes in their own lives.