Memorial Day - the ultimate celebration of American pride - is just around the corner, and with it comes the plan to gather with family and friends. This is the time to reflect on history and appreciate all those who have fought for our freedom. Memorial Day is also often considered the start of the summer. It's a long weekend, with temperatures warm enough to enjoy time in the backyard, at a park, or on the beach. No matter how you choose to celebrate, you can honor those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom by making your celebrations more sustainable. And don't worry, whether you host a small gathering or a large party, Eco Party Warehouse has some amazing patriotic tips (and products) to make your party sustainable and environment friendly. So get your family, friends, and neighbors together for an old-fashioned party with a new (and green!) twist!
Grill - This Memorial Day tradition is already one of the most environmentally friendly ways to cook. But instead of charcoal, that mixed with sunshine and other pollutants add to ground-level ozone, consider grilling with propane gas, natural gas, or solar energy. Using these alternative sources that present the most eco-friendly way to grill these days reduces air pollution and lessens your impact on the Earth.
Food - Memorial Day is all about hamburgers and hotdogs, corn on the cob, potato salad, and chips, but consider the impact the cheap-and-easy-food has on the environment and your body. A much better option is to shop at a local farmer's market for your Memorial Day celebration. Over the holiday weekend, many local growers will be back selling their fresh produce in your neighborhood. Take this opportunity to teach your children about the importance of buying fresh fruits and vegetables grown nearby. If you are lucky, you can even grab fresh meat from a local farm to support the local farmers and be more eco-friendly with your food options this year.
Sweets - If you are going to make a family dessert for your Memorial Day, double it. The sweetest way to show your thanks is by giving a homemade treat to the home of an active or fallen soldier. The tasty treats will make for the perfect ending to a perfect weekend! And if you want to make your dessert the star of your Memorial Day get-together and put everyone in a patriotic spirit, creativity display it on our fabulous eco-friendly plates, trays, or bowls.
Tableware - Remember to avoid single-use plates, cutlery, and cups, especially ones made from Styrofoam and plastic. The best option is tableware, flatware, and dinnerware made from completely natural, renewable materials. So get creative with your table settings and switch to Eco Party Warehouse's biodegradable tableware. If you still want more red, white, and blue, simply tie your biodegradable utensils in a red ribbon, and place them on a blue napkin.
Compost - Compost leftover food scraps and other organic trash. Don't forget the recycling and compost bins around the property - having a goal of a zero-waste party will not only help the Earth but perhaps even educate your guests. It is also easy to do composting in your own backyard - it will save you money and help your yard and garden.