If you're watching the game this Sunday, your focus probably won't be on how environmentally friendly the party is. Whether you watch the Super Bowl for the game, the commercials, or just to hang out with friends, you can still have a great party while leaving a minimum impact on the environment.
Parties are usually stressful enough to plan and host, and hosts will want to make things as easy as possible on themselves when it comes to cleanup. That usually means buying disposable plates, cups and decorations that can be thrown out easily once the party is over. However, a few eco-friendly tweaks to your party can make a huge difference for the environment.
Buy Foods With Less Packaging
A lot of party food comes pre-sliced on big plastic trays with lids. This makes things much easier on the host, but all that packaging is harder on the earth. Instead of buying plastic trays of pre-sliced meats and cheeses and pre-tossed salads in plastic containers, you can save a lot of plastic by buying the ingredients and preparing them yourself. The lettuce, cheese, meat and fruit from the produce and dairy isles are usually sold in minimal packaging. With all of the food served at parties, the packaging can really pile up. Just imagine how much waste you can help divert by avoiding already-prepared snacks! If you do buy the pre-sliced food trays, you can still make a big difference for the earth by recycling all of the packaging that you can.
Skip The Paper Plates And Plastic Forks
Instead of buying paper plates and disposable plastic cups this year, why not try some reusable plastic plates and cups? You may even be able to find football-themed dishes to make your party extra festive. If you'd rather not buy reusable plastic dishes, you could even use your own plates, silverware and cups. But with Super Bowl parties being somewhat chaotic, opting for reusable plastic instead of your own glass or ceramic dishes may save you some stress in case anything gets dropped.
Nobody enjoys doing the dishes after a party, especially when everyone else is focused on the entertainment. However, with reusable party dishes on hand, you won't need to worry about stocking up for next year's party. This will save you money in the long run and help the earth in the process!
Use Eco-Friendly Decorations
If you are decorating for your Super Bowl party, try to buy decorations that can be used year after year instead of decorations that have to be thrown out after the party. Some ideas for reusable decorations might be gel window clings, durable paper cut-outs, and a reusable table cloth. You can even make some decorations such as a banner made of recycled paper or cloth napkins decorated with football-themed stamps or appliques.
Make It Easy For Guests To Recycle
It can be difficult to make a party completely eco-friendly, and that's okay! Even one small step toward making your party greener makes a difference in the long run. If you do use plastic cups or have plastic waste or paper from anything at the party, set up a bag or box that is clearly labeled "Recycling." Make sure your guests are throwing anything recyclable into the designated recycling area instead of the trash. Most people will gladly recycle their plastic and paper items if you make it easy for them to do so!
Keep Up A Green Lifestyle Throughout The Year
Hosting an eco-friendly Super Bowl party is a great way to start – or continue – an eco-friendly lifestyle. Another way to continue living green is to consider making a car donation to Wheels For Wishes benefiting Make-A-Wish. If you've been meaning to upgrade to a more fuel-efficient model or you want to switch to biking or public transportation, we make it easy for you to get your unneeded car off your hands. Car donation is also eco-friendly because cars are either auctioned to new owners or they're recycled to make new vehicles.
If you're ready to donate a car, give us a call at 1-877-431-9474 or fill out our easy online car donation form.Best of all, your car donation will benefit your local Make-A-Wish, helping them grant more wishes for kids in your community! You can turn your car, truck, boat, RV or motorcycle into so much more than a vehicle when you donate it today.