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Apr 27

Sustainable Celebrations

Posted on April 27, 2020 at 8:59 AM by Natalie Nebilak

From decorations to delectable treats, check out our suggestions for hosting a sustainable celebration!

Natural Confetti
Eco-friendly and biodegradable options abound in the arts & crafts world! Natural confetti is easy to make, in fact you probably already have everything you need; just some leaves/foliage and a hole-punch. Voila! Bonus: eucalyptus leaves give off a wonderful scent!

Materials you will need:

  1. Foliage from your yard
  2. A hole punch

  1. Pick up some leaves, flowers, and other pretty organic materials from around the yard. Please do not take your neighbors plants without permission!
  2. Use a hole punch to start making you confetti! The "rounds" will collect in the base of the hole punch. Just open the bottom and you'll have a handful of natural confetti.

HolePunch Confetti1 Confetti2

The plastic in glitter takes about 500-600 years to biodegrade. Even still, plastic never completely biodegrades, it simply gets smaller and smaller until we cannot see it with the unaided eye. These are commonly called "microplastics" and can only be seen with a microscope. Eco-friendly alternatives to plastic glitter are generally compostable, cosmetic grade, plant-based, biodegradable, and even vegan. Another alternative to buying natural glitter is to make your own at home! Creating your own glitter is easy and inexpensive. Use epsom salt and depending on how chunky you want your glitter to be, you can either leave it as is or crush it up a bit. Then mix your salt with water-based paints or food coloring.

Materials you will need:

  1. Sea salt
  2. Food coloring or water-based paint
  3. A baking dish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Put coloring in a bowl and mix with sea salt, creating as many color combinations as desired.
  3. Spread out the colored salt onto a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. 
  4. Remove and let cool.

Reusable Serveware
When hosting a party, skip the paper plate, napkins, plastic cups, and plastic straws for reusable dishware and utensils. While single use party supplies might seem convenient in the moment, there is nothing convenient about our landfills pile up with items that never needed to be there. 


Say NO to balloons 
There are two types of balloons that are commonly sold at the stores we visit – mylar balloons and latex balloons. Neither of which are recyclable, which is one of the reasons why balloons are far from eco-friendly. Add in helium (the only 100% NON-renewable resource on earth) which will lift them into the sky and wreak havoc if they ever get loose, and you have a triple whammy for environmental no-nos. Instead of balloons, try decorating with paper-based streamers and decor and items that can be reused for multiple occasions. Paper lanterns are a great replacement for balloons and you can use them over and over again!


Shop Green
Some of the best gifts we can give one another are our time or a handmade sentiment. Offer to take the special recipient on a local hike or to a restaurant you think they will love. Creating something for a friend is also a way to give them something that is one-of-a-kind. Shopping local and shopping green is a great way to support local businesses while being kind to our environment. For local Green Businesses in Ventura, visit our page HERE.


Sustainable Wrapping
Ready to wrap those gifts? Use recyclable papers or perhaps even a basket that the recipient can reuse! Avoid plastic ribbons and try using fresh or dried lavender and eucalyptus as an embellishment to your gift.


Offer sustainable refreshments
Locally sourced fruits and veggies make delicious refreshments for your celebration! Opting for a meat-free celebration can also reduce your environmental footprint. Remember to plan accordingly by making a list of all attendees so you don't buy too much food.