This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 Q: How can I make my child’s birthday party more eco-friendly? A: Birthdays are worth celebrating, and you want to have fun doing it! With a few simple little changes, you can do your part to help create a healthier planet that your children will enjoy for their many years to come. Forget the disposable plates, cups, napkins and utensils that are common with parties. Instead, choose real plates and dinnerware for party use. Print invitations on recycled paper. Better yet, simply phone your guests to invite them to the party or send an e-vite, instead. Choose decorations that can be used over and over again, such as banners, tablecloths and wall decor. The more one-time use decorations that you buy, the more that will end up in a landfill. Encourage your kids to remember others, even on their birthday. Have your children donate outgrown toys to a ministry or shelter if they receive a lot of brand new toys for their birthday. Ask your child if they would like a few fewer toys this year, and have some guests donate birthday money to charities, like sponsoring an animal at the zoo.
Kimberly Button is a friend of Blessed Earth and green living consultant. She is the founder of greenWell, an eco-wellness company that helps families and businesses create healthier, greener living and working environments. For more information, visit www.getgreenbewell.com or www.greenwellconsulting.com.