Betty tries to be an earth-friendly citizen, but I need reminding from time to time of ways that I can show Mother Earth that she's my Number One Gal.
When I was planning Kitty's birthday party, I was all ready to go out and get some disposable tablecloths, some heavy paper plates, and some plastic cutlery. Then I remembered not too long ago, my good friend Karen gave a speech at Toastmasters titled "The Green Party." It was not a speech about the political party. Instead, it was a speech about how just by using reusable items at parties, we can avoid adding gunk to the landfills.
I called Karen and told her I wanted to give a Green Party. She squealed. She was happy. Another convert. And she was kind enough to loan me her supplies.
What Karen did a few years ago was invest in some white tablecloths. (She has different runners for them for different kinds of parties.)
Then she bought some sturdy but fairly cheap silverware.
She bought simple glass plates at the 99 Cent store. (These aren't her plates, but you get the idea.)
She keeps all these neatly packed away in her garage and then when it's time to throw a party (or her friend is throwing a party) she just gets it down and uses it. Genius!
Yes, after the party, I did have to wash the dishes and the tablecloths, but it was really not a big deal. In fact, it was really pretty easy and I was happy that my garbage can was not full of trash from the celebration.
I think about all the kid parties I threw when my boys were younger and I wish I would have just invested in some really good plastic plates and plastic cups and kept them to use over and over.
Sure it was a little easier just to gather up the plastic tablecloth and dump all the plastic forks and plates in the trash at the end of the kids' parties, but what kind of example was I setting for my kids and their friends? By purchasing reusable items, I would have been a better earth citizen and saved money too.
(Crafty people out there! Wouldn't it be a good idea to give a parent of a toddler a "Green Party Set" complete with sturdy, reusable party ware? You could include all kinds of cute cloth, or oilcloth tablecloths with runners and rugged plastic cups that could be used for years and years. A carrying case for all of it would be a bonus too!)
Since I plan to be a party girl for a very long time, I will invest in my own Green Party goods very soon. Think I should get this many plates or maybe a few more?
Thanks, Karen, for inspiring me! I will vote for the Green Party from now on!