Greening a Holiday Party
'Tis the season to be jolly�and green. The holiday season is a time when many give thought to the idea of gratitude. This makes it an appropriate time to emphasize environmental sustainability during office holiday parties and year-end celebrations, seeking ways to minimize its impact on the environment and maybe even giving back.
Use the following tips for creating a sustainable holiday soiree. Or, they'll come in handy in 2015 as green meetings and events continue to gain in popularity.
� Avoid paper invitations: Stick with electronic invitations using a service like Evite or Punchbowl. If it's the kind of event that calls for a paper invitation, consider tree-free products or those made from 100% post-consumer stock.
� Choose an eco-friendly venue: Look for a space that is known for its sustainable offerings and one that will make it easier to handle logistics in an eco-friendly way. Look for a venue near the office or that can be reached via mass transit.
� Mind your decor: Avoid fresh flowers. Instead choose pine cones, acorns, pine boughs, greenery from the yard or reusable holiday decorations.
� Do the dishes: Use washable dishes, glasses, flatware and linens that can be reused rather than discarded. Should it be necessary to go disposable, try to use products made from recycled and/or compostable material.
� Give green gifts: A holiday party may include a little something for the attendees to take home. Good choices are organic or recycled gifts or gifts that benefit the environment. Useful items such as a pen, comb or seed packet are wise. Or, consider a photo booth where attendees can have a photo taken.
Alderton, Matt, http://www.successfulmeetings.com/Event-
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No Plastic Water Bottles: Eliminating plastic water bottles is a simple way to green your event. Serve drinking water in pitchers or at water stations.