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Green Your Superbowl 46 Party
If you live in New York or New England you're most likely looking forward to Superbowl celebrations this year. The old New York - New England rivals are at it again for 2012's Superbowl 46. EarthShare New York has put together some tips for keeping your Superbowl party as envrionmentally friendly as possible.
1.Cleaning: It's a must for before and after (and sometimes during) parties. By using eco-friendly cleaning products and re-usable rags instead of paper towels, you will be doing yourself, your guests and the environment a favor. Here are some tips from EarthShare member Center for Health, Environment and Justics (CHEJ) on green cleaning.
2. Re-usable dishware: Instead of buying plastic and paper products for your food and drink, allow your guests to use your dishes. Or ask them to each bring their own glass and plate. Washing dishes (especially with eco-friendly dish soap) is considerably less harmful than throwing away plastic products. And using a dishwasher uses 80% less water than washing by hand. Plastics spend thousands of years (or more) decomposing. Imagine, the cup you use could still be around for Superbowl 3046! If you must use disposable dishware, pick up the bio-degradable brands. Here are some recommendations by Practically Green.
3. Deocrations: Keep the decorations to a minimum. Unlike most holidays, you probably won't get to re-use these. If you already have fan memorabilia from one of team playing, pull it out and use to decorate the party area. If you're buying paper napkins, get the colors of your team (or of both teams if you're inviting mixed company). Between jerseys and hats, decorations won't be the most necessary for team spirit.
4. Recycling: Make sure to ask your guests to recycle what they can. Don't assume they will know what can be recycled and which bin to put their trash in. Have clearly marked trash receptacles for different types of waste.
5. Food - Cooking and Composting: Buy food from local farms. Yes, there are still some open in the winter. Go to Local Harvest's website to find out what local farmer's markets are open near you. Try making a mostly locally grown chilli or buying local cheese for a platter. After the party, there's bound to be leftovers. You can easily compost food with this handy guide from EarthShare.
6. Beer: Superbowl parties are usually not complete without beer. Check our EarthShare's Green Beer guide for resources on organic and local beer, brewing your own, and information on can versus bottles versus kegs.
Let us know what you did to keep your party green. Go team!