Eco-Friendly Decorations for Your Parties and Celebrations

Eco-friendly decorations include the use of materials that don't pollute the environment. Discover how to make your parties more sustainable!
Eco-Friendly Decorations for Your Parties and Celebrations

Last update: 29 March, 2022

Many people think that eco-friendly decorations are boring or simple, but there’s nothing further from the truth. To save the environment, you don’t have to give up celebrating and enjoying yourself! It’s simply a matter of thinking about using decorations that don’t contribute to polluting and harming the planet.

Equally, by using eco-friendly decorative accessories at your party, you can save money. That’s right! You have the option of reusing some items such as tablecloths and hats, among others. To motivate yourself to understand this concept, you can start by making some beautiful digital party invitations. No need for paper, or stretching yourself with printing costs. How about that?

Eco-friendly decorations for your parties

Festive tablecloths.

The eco-friendly party includes using the things that can be reused puts consumerism aside.

This last task should become everyone’s goal when you consider that, according to a World Bank report, if urgent measures aren’t taken, by 2050, global waste could grow by up to 70 percent.

This report warns about the impact of plastics, which pollute and affect water sources and ecosystems over thousands of years. Their negative impact will grow if we don’t stop using them, especially single-use items (popular at parties) such as cutlery and plates.

Without further ado, we’ll suggest some eco-friendly decoration ideas for your party.

Reusable tablecloths

Tablecloths are very important at parties, they reinforce the decorative theme and take care of the table–protecting it from possible spills. However, many people simply throw them away after the party.

In this regard, there are several options. The first has to do with the use of stain-resistant or plastic tablecloths that support your decorative theme, but that you can reuse another time.

Moreover, if you use tablecloths with a design, you can reuse them to decorate something else. A second option is to use plain, recycled paper. If it’s a children’s party, provide a few paints and encourage the children to paint on the tables.

Hats: eco-friendly decorations

Hats for a party.

If there are going to be party hats, make sure they’re eco-friendly. Recycle cardboard or materials that can serve as a base and decorate them yourself. This is a fun task that’s sure to be highly appreciated by your guests.

To add more fun elements, reuse garlands or glitter on the tips of the hats. They’ll look beautiful and it won’t go unnoticed that you’ve put a lot of love into making them. You will be surprised to see what recycled material can become.

No balloons

We know that it may be difficult to think about a party without balloons, but it’s possible. Balloons are made of materials that take hundreds of years to biodegrade and end up being scattered everywhere after being popped.

Not only do they pose a risk to children, (who can swallow a piece and choke), but latex is toxic to birds and other wildlife who often mistake these remains for food. If you definitely want balloons, buy those made from 100 percent organic latex.

Paper lamps: eco-friendly decorations

Ecofriendly decoration with paper lamps.

A very beautiful and easy-to-make alternative at home to replace balloons is paper lanterns. As in the case of hats, you can use recycled and low-polluting materials. One of the options is to use tissue paper or cellophane, which allows the passage of light. Use bright colors that go with the theme of your party.

Now, it’s common to use candles in lanterns but these can burn the paper and cause a fire. Therefore, it’s recommendable to use artificial candles with rechargeable batteries to avoid contaminating the environment with alkaline batteries.

Meals and snacks for an eco-friendly party

When it comes to food, it’s important to avoid waste, so confirm your guest’s likes and dislikes in advance. Try to offer healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables because if they aren’t eaten you can compost them or place them in the organic waste container.

Avoid single-use plastics such as spoons, forks, cutlery, glasses, and plates. Instead, use implements made from recycled materials such as cardboard and even avocado seeds. They have a higher cost, but they pollute less. If you have no problem washing dishes, use glass or porcelain ones.

Do you like these eco-friendly decoration ideas?

As you can see, eco-friendly decoration doesn’t involve boring sacrifices or stressful changes. Parties can be environmentally friendly too!

Finally, if you want to give your guests a gift, recycle glass containers and place some delicious homemade cookies in them or make some scented candles. Decorate with recycled fabric scraps or paint. You just need to be aware of your impact on the environment and let your creativity reign.

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