How To Have a Sustainable New Year's Eve Party for 2022

A New Year's Eve party can be both fun and sustainable. Through keeping things plastic-free and low-waste, it's possible to ring in 2022 on an eco-friendly note.

It's time to be more aware of our consumption habits. After all, we are noticing the effects of climate change that are transforming our world. As inhabitants of the planet, we need to make conscious decisions for a better future.

When it comes to festivities and holidays, we tend to go all out. We buy the best decorations, put up the brightest lights, wear the best clothes, and much more. However, if you are serious about making a change, you can go sustainable this New Year's Eve. 

Be inspired to do something bigger than balloons, plastic hats and cups, and confetti. Here are the top ways you can celebration the new year sustainably. 

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1. Send An E-Vite 

Money doesn't grow on trees, but paper does, and you don't need to waste it on fancy invites. Instead, use the marvel of technology by sending e-vites to your family and friends.

The best part is that there are no barriers to creativity as you can choose from endless designs, colors, and much more. You can try one of the three businesses below to set up your e-vite.

2. Sustainable Decorations 

Many of our decorations use plastic that goes to waste after New Year’s Eve is over. For an eco-friendly New Year’s Eve, you need to invest in sustainable decorations. Instead of plastic, you can choose biodegradable products made of cloth, bamboo, canvas, recycled paper, etc. 

For example, instead of balloons, you can invest in paper lanterns this New Year’s Eve. You can also use sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton to create your banners. Even your photo booth can be devised from cardboard boxes to create makeshift structures. 

Be sure to hit your local thrift store this year and invest in sustainable party items, props, and clothing. You will save money while creating a fantastic yet environmentally conscious celebration.

Please avoid confetti, sparkly things, and beads as they end up in the ocean. You can find some great sustainable decorations at EcoPartyTime.

3. Reusable Or Biodegradable Serving Items 

While buying plastic plates and cups seems like a good idea because they are cheap, you can always switch to biodegradable serving utensils.

For example, there are many serving utensils out there made from paper, bamboo, and other sustainable materials. Here are two places below that you can consider:

You can also serve drinks in glasses instead of plastic cups. If you don’t have enough glassware for your guest list, you can always check out your local thrift store. Many of them store dinnerware at the best prices you will ever find.

Related: A Full List of The 60 Best Online Thrift Stores of 2021

4. Avoid Fireworks 

Yes, we love watching fireworks on New Year’s Eve, but fireworks and a green New Year’s Eve don’t go together. Fireworks harm insects, bats, migrating birds, and nocturnal wildlife. Besides that, the chemicals from fireworks percolate in the water and soil that harm our ecosystem even further. 

Instead, you should find alternatives to fireworks for your guests. For example, you can have a light show indoors, or you can have a piñata filled with chocolates and goodies. While it may not be as exciting as a firework, it will still add more fun to your party without harming the environment.

5. Food 

People might not remember anything else about your party, but they always remember good food. However, it would help if you kept your guests fed consciously to avoid waste. Each year, more than 100 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S.A.

Besides that, there is a lot of waste with food, too, such as plastic. For example, you should avoid going into the frozen aisle of a supermarket to shop for party food. That is because the packaging that comes with it is wasteful and contributes to litter. 

Instead, go to your local farmers' market and shop for local and organic produce. You will be amazed at the items you can find there to create the best food for your guests. If you have food leftover after the party, you can store it in Tupperware and give it to your guests as a party favor. 

6. What You Will Wear

A green New Year's Eve will begin with you and your choices, and your dress is an essential aspect of it. Many of us get swept in glitter and sparkle. Fast fashion is worn a few times, and after that, the clothes go in rubbish but take thousands of years to break down. 

Besides that, the micro-plastics in your clothing can end up in the ocean and destroy wildlife. A recent study revealed that British people spend more than £3.5 billion on Christmas clothes, and out of these, eight million items are only worn once. To avoid wasting your clothes, here are a few tips you can incorporate this year:

  • Purchase an outfit from your local thrift store
  • Do a DIY project on an old clothing item to make it new
  • Borrow something from a friend or family member
  • Wear something you have that you have never worn
  • Avoid sparkles and glitter as it contains plastic
  • Swap clothes with a friend

You can choose any of these options to have a conscious outfit this New Year's Eve. You don't have to spend on new and wasteful items, and you can still look your best. 

7. Party Favors

Skip the plastic when offering party favors as an eco-friendly New Year’s Eve is incomplete without conscious party goodies. Instead of using a plastic bag for the goodies, you can always use a brown paper bag to stash the party favors in. Besides that, you can provide sustainable party favors to your guests to encourage a green thumb. 

For example, you can add mini succulents, wood key chains, cruelty-free lip balms, and much more. All of these will let your guests know you value them while ensuring they also understand conscious consumption. After all, change begins with us. 

Final Words 

A green New Year's Eve is possible if you have the drive and passion for taking these steps. Once you follow these guidelines, you will have a fantastic celebration to keep your friends and the planet happy. Who knows, you might even inspire someone with your sustainable party to follow in your footsteps and throw sustainable parties in the future. 

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