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Here's a list of ideas for your zero waste / sustainable journey. I hope this helps! As a preface:

Decor
  • Use leaves or branches that have fallen in your yard or local park as table or wall decor.
  • Dry out fresh flowers as decor. I've had success with eucalyptus and billy balls. Soaking them in a mixture of water and vegetable glycerine helps them retain their color as they dry out.
  • Find decor at thrift stores, Craigslist, and Bunz.
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Hors d'oeuvres

Prepared foods are packaged in a lot of plastic. For events, try to prepare foods with minimal packaging. Even better, prepare finger foods that don't require utensils.

  • Cut veggies and serve with homemade hummus
  • Dates stuffed with peanut butter and topped with chocolate chips
  • Cookies
  • Stuffed baked and halved baby potatoes
  • Olives
  • Nuts
  • Fresh fruit
  • Toasted sliced baguette with bruschetta
  • Popcorn
  • Buy locally made bread, slice it, and serve it with various spreads (local jam, nut butters, olive tapenade, roasted red pepper spread, etc.).
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Paper plates
  • Choose washable, reusable plates
  • Buy banana leaf plates
  • Look for rentable plate/cutlery sets. Some libraries and local organizations are starting to offer this to the community for a small deposit.
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Single-use cutlery
  • Choose reusable cutlery. Look for good deals at thrift stores.
  • Compostable cutlery should be a last resort. They don't always get composted, and a lot of resources go into making and transporting them.
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