“We have to cultivate contentment with what we have. We really don’t need much. When you know this, the mind settles down. Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly.” Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
As caterers we keep always keep sustainability in mind, constantly reviewing and refining our processes to achieve best practice; our kitchen waste goes to feeding local chooks or is composted and then used in our garden, we are conscious of food miles and keep supplies as local as possible, and our disposable plates and cutlery are eco friendly (biodegradable and sustainable).
If you want to celebrate with an eco friendly event here’s a few tips to consider;
- Source drinks that come in glass bottles or hire a dispensing system that does away with bottles all together
- Source organic Australian wines
- Adopt a no straws, no plastic policy
- In all the details choose renewable materials, quality over quantity and where possible biodegradable or recyclable products
- Choose décor carefully and make sure that anything you use is plastic free and can be repurposed or gifted after your celebration
- Send digital invites
- Use local businesses
- Ask for sustainable gifts- there are some fantastic online registries like http://www.notanothertoaster.com/natv4/home that offer experiences, honeymoon contributions and charitable donations as well more traditional gifts.
- Make a plan for leftover food- have some ecofriendly containers on hand and food can be given to guests, staff and vendors.
- Gift your guests a thoughtful eco friendly party favour- metals straws, homemade treats, a seedling.
- Recycle old glass bottles to use as vases (get you friends and family onto collecting your favourite bottles in the months before the event).
- Hire plants and if flowers are high on your agenda try and source them from a local grower. Have a plan for the flowers post party- give the excess to a nursing home or send guests home with a posy and a leftovers goodie bag.
- Blow bubbles made from environmentally friendly detergent rather than confetti.
- Aim for no post party garbage bags, compost food waste, recycle bottles, paper and cardboard