Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest party days of the year.
For many people, that means a house full of friends and family as
well as pizza boxes, chip bags, beer cans and football decorations.
However, it is possible to have an epic Super Bowl party without a
ton of waste. It just
takes a little bit of planning to go green, and the planet will
thank you for your zero-waste celebration.
Tell your guests
There is no need to keep your guests in the dark about your goal
of having a zero-waste Super Bowl
party. When you send out your e-vites, make it clear you are going
green, and encourage guests to do their part by carpooling and
bringing their own cups and reusable containers for leftovers.
You can also ask some of your guests to bring a dish they made
at home. You might be surprised how many people are willing to do
Instead of using plastic decorations, you can make your own with
fabric. At your local craft store, you should be able to find
fabric in team colors, and you might be able to find some with team
logos. Use the fabric to make table cloths, napkins and banners.
When the game is over, you can use the DIY decorations as cleaning
Also, you can light up the room with strings of LED lights that you
can easily find in team colors. If you are really crafty, you can
make decorations with newspaper clippings about the game.
Carefully plan the menu
The food is the biggest source of waste at a Super Bowl party,
so if you are going green, this is the part that takes major
planning. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year
for pizza delivery and beer drinking, and both of those things can
produce a ton of trash. So ditch the pizza delivery and beer cans,
and instead, make your own pizzas and finger foods and order a
Homemade pizza and finger foods (sliders, chips and dip, deli
meats and cheeses, chicken wings, cookies, brownies) will remove
the need for plastic utensils. Buying your ingredients at local
farmer’s markets will also reduce your environmental footprint. A
keg will remove the mountain of beer cans and bottles in your trash
can. Just remember to use glassware or mason jars instead of
plastic cups, or
have your guests bring their own.
If you have guests that aren’t beer drinkers, you could opt
for a root beer keg or large containers of non-alcoholic drinks
that you can find at big box stores like Costco.
When it comes to the dishes, ditch the disposable plates and
instead opt for reusable, stainless steel camping trays or
recyclable dishes. Or use your real, everyday dishes. Serve your
food in large, reusable containers so you can easily store
leftovers and make clean up a lot easier. Another fun idea for the
party is to provide reusable glass
straws in team colors.
Label trash, recycling and compost areas
Use different containers for your trash, compostables and
recyclables and clearly label them, so your guests know exactly
where everything goes. A large pot is a great option to collect
food waste, reusable dishes can go in the sink, paper goes into the
compost or recycling piles and any cloth materials will need to be
Throwing a zero-waste Super Bowl party is a great goal, but it
doesn’t have to be perfect. It is possible that some of your
guests aren’t familiar with the concept of zero-waste, so be
patient and answer their questions. Explaining what you are trying
to do is a great way to spread the message. You are planting a seed
among your friends and family. Even if your Super Bowl party
isn’t completely free of waste, reducing the waste is a great
Last year, the Super Bowl itself aimed for a zero-waste event
Rush2Recycle. Even though it wasn’t perfect, it was a
gigantic step in the right direction. The program successfully
recovered 91 percent of the trash, with 63 tons of game day waste
being recycled or donated for reuse and composting.
Relax and have fun. Don’t worry about perfection. Taking these
steps toward reducing your Super Bowl party waste is reason enough
to celebrate and have a good time.
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Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
5 ways to throw a zero-waste Super Bowl party