Are you ready to party on February 7th? Whether you’re in it for the game, the ads or simply to watch Beyoncé diva it up at half-time, celebrations surrounding Super Bowl Sunday can generate super amounts of environmental impact—and not in a good way. But a few simple changes can green your party while you cheer on your favorite team. In addition to choosing natural and organic food and flowers, décor choices have a lot to do with whether or not you’re creating a sustainable event. We hooked up with Jennifer Hankey of Healthy Green Schools, an educational program designed to transform schools into safer, healthier and more sustainable environments for children and staff, to share a few simple tips that can make a difference in your Super Bowl sustainability.
Super Bowl Décor
Looking for cool lights to set the mood? Switch to LED! Environmental Lights has the largest selection of colorful LED lights around, and they come in really interesting shapes like pine cones and stars. LED lights are long lasting and so energy efficient that you can save about 90% on your electrical bills when compared to traditional lights.
Don’t buy tacky disposable plastic table covers for your Super Bowl party—a sustainable fabric tablecloth in your favorite team colors is a far better way to show your devotion. Tablevogue has an amazing selection of affordable reusable fabric table covers for any celebration.
Flatware & Plates
Disposable bamboo flatware and plates offer a healthier and sustainable alternative to traditional plastic or—god forbid—styrofoam disposable tableware. Bamboo Studio’s offerings are elegant, strong and totally biodegradable. And their products are made from the sheath of the bamboo plant, which falls to the ground as the plant matures—turning trash into treasure!
Bringing your favorite dish to the party? Try transporting it in a reusable and sustainable container. LunchBots stainless steel containers are leak-proof and insulated, but contain no toxins, BPA or phthalates.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Remember to set up a recycling bin next to your trashcan, making post-party cleanup a breeze. Most curbside recycling programs accept pizza boxes and glass bottles post-party—check Earth911.com to find out what’s acceptable for recycling in your area.