Reducing waste at parties and gatherings


December 22, 2017


Making gatherings sustainable infographic

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A little bit of planning and clever reuse of boxes can go a long way towards making your gatherings and parties a sustainable one. Here are our quick and easy tips to doing so:

    1. Plan ahead to minimise wastage
      By making a list and checking it twice, you can prevent impulse buying and over catering. A list helps ensures you haven’t forgotten anything, reducing the potential for multiple trips to the grocery store or farmer’s market.
    2. Freeze, not chill your leftovers
      Store your leftovers in the freezer, not the fridge. This keeps the food longer, rather than throwing it all out one week later should you forget it’s there.
    3. Setup recycling corners for easy waste management
      Reuse those extra cardboard boxes and set up a “recycling collection corner” near your seating area to make recycling easier. When it’s full, just empty the box into your kerbside recycling bin.
    4. Regift unused presents
      If you have received gifts you’ve never used, consider regifting them to those you know would use it instead, rather than letting them collect dust or letting them go to waste.
    5. Avoid single use plastics
      Instead of using disposable napkins, switch to cloth napkins and fabric table cloths when laying out the dinner table. These can be reused multiple times, as opposed to the single-use kitchen towels and paper napkins.

And those are our top 5 tips to make your family gatherings and parties sustainable. Have your own? Share it with us on social media using the hashtag #sustainablefuture.