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3 sustainable swaps to decorate your next celebration
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3 sustainable swaps to decorate your next celebration

Your guide for how to safely celebrate with the earth in mind.

COVID-19 has completely transformed the way we interact, redefining what we consider a “party.” In lieu of large gatherings, people are enlisting Zoom to connect and celebrate life events.

It’s stated explicitly in Philly’s green phase guidelines that gatherings should not include more than 25 people. From graduations to Juneteenth, you may want to host a small gathering with your quarantine crew.

However, party supplies like paper plates and cups, balloons, and streamers come at an environmental cost. If you’re like us, the impact may make your skin crawl. The good news: there are swaps you can make to tread lightly on the earth.

Knock off the Fireworks

The summer has encouraged many Philadelphians to turn to fireworks. In addition to noise complaints, they have a slew of environmental impacts. Fireworks create air with metal particles, toxins and other chemicals can linger in the air for hours after. Some of these toxins don’t ever fully dissipate, and long term exposure has been linked to health threats such “coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks and even heart attacks”, according to the EPA.

1. No ‘fetti

Instead of reaching for confetti (and its negative impacts on the eco system), pick up a hole punch and spare leaves!

The green cut-outs act in place of confetti and offer the same celebratory effect. This free option also removes the worry of confetti clean-up, where pieces are inevitably left behind.

Want more colors? Check out biodegradable confetti options for your eco-friendly party. 

2. Choose Compostable Plates & Utensils

Although its best to tackle a sink full of dishes post-party, disposable plates, cups, and utensils may be more appealing. Paper plates generate a ton of waste, so look for compostable plates and bamboo utensils from vendors likeSusty Party who specialize in sustainable party décor. Make sure to compost them afterward. (Otherwise, they’re just another piece of trash in a landfill.)

*Note: most “compostable” plastic won’t even break down in local composting facilities or your home composting systems. Here’s the deal with biodegradable and compostable plastics.

Photo by Ankush Minda on Unsplash

3. Go Bigger (and Better!) than Balloons

Balloons may seem like a quintessential party decoration. They may make your voice sound silly and can provide endless hours of entertainment of “keep the balloon off the ground” games. But balloons and lingering plastic pieces harm wildlife, waterways, and ecosystems.

Try rice paper lanterns instead! They make for gorgeous, reusable replacements Greenpartygoods.com offers colorful decorations with rice or recycled paper.

Hosting a “green” party soon? Share photos of your green set up with us @GreenPhillyBlog on Twitter or Instagram.

Featured photo by Jen Causey at somethingturqouise.com

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Jada Ackley
Jada is a senior Environmental Studies major at Temple University with a minor in City and Regional Planning. Currently Jada is an Editorial Intern at Green Philly. Her Interests includes enjoying nature and advocating for sustainability! View all posts by Jada Ackley

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