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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

One Bag Event: Post 1

I got chosen as one of 10 bloggers to be a part of a collaboration of Foodbuzz and Glad to promote recycling, compost, and elimination of waste. As part of this, I received Glad products, and a trash can/recycling bin. Even though I was compensated for these posts, the opinions contained in the post are all my own. 

As part of this program, I am supposed to host a "One Bag," event, meaning that there is only one bag of landfill bound waste. In order to achieve this, I'll have to use other means of disposal, like recycling and compost. 

When I was growing up, my mom always recycled. One of our chores that we rotated through was called "Recycling," and it meant that you took the cans/cardboard out to the recycling bin. 

When i came up to school for the first time, I realized that we didn't have a recycling bin. For the first week, I saved my cans in hopes of something turning up, but nothing did. Instead of tracking something down, I just gave up.

The trash can we got from Foodbuzz has two sides, one for recyclables, and one for trash. It'll be much easier to recycle, now that we have a spot to put it, and we can just take the bag straight to the recycling center. Why didn't I think of that before? 

I researched recycling a bit in preparation for my party, and I learned that you can recycle sooooo many more things that just cans and cardboard. Reading glasses, books, screen doors, shingles, car batteries, and old jeans can all be recycled. For more things you can recycle, visit here

Compost was another thing I grew up with. My mom would have a collection in the kitchen that we'd take out to the compost bin in our garden every day or two. This was another thing that college lacked. I didn't have a garden to take the compost to, so I figured that it just wasn't possible. 

Since receiving my recycling kit in the mail, which also included an in-home compost, complete with filter, I've had a re-ignited excitement for composting.  The bags included with it have "Odorshield" technology as well. 

I know I'm a nerd, but I'm totally excited about both the compost and my new trash can! 

I've been doing a lot of brainstorming lately, trying to think of what I can do to create less waste for my party. 
Here are some of the ideas I came up with:

  • Using mason jars instead of paper cups. Not only does this save paper, but it's super cute too!

  • Having an ice cream sundae bar using homemade chocolate cups

  • Having a bar-b-que using foods that aren't too messy and easily disposed of (ie hamburgers with corn on the cob(this could go to compost) )
  • Using plates, cloth napkins, silverware, and cups from your home. If you're having a dinner party, this definitely can help eliminate waste. 
  • Serving hors d'oeuvres or finger foods, so the only thing party go-ers need is a napkin or a small plate. 

  • Ice cream sundae bar with the waffle cone bowls

  •  Serving soda, or other beverages that come in aluminum cans(easily recyclable)

  • If you do use paper or plastic cups, have markers or stickers nearby so that guests have a way to identify their cup, and prevent them from using multiple

  • This is totally a personal preference thing, but plastic silverware is able to be washed in the dishwasher. if you collect the used silverware at your party, you can wash it and re-suse it at your next one. 

I'm still brainstorming more ways to eliminate waste at my party. Do you have any more ideas you can think of? 

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At September 8, 2011 at 8:22 PM , Blogger Danelle said...

Awesome ideas! I love those mason jars. I sometimes get cheap "real" plastic dishes to use for food photography (Target always has cute ones)--the kind that can be washed and used again. It would be cool to get a collection of those to use and re-use at parties. It would even be fun if they didn't all match. Every guest could have a different plate design!

At September 9, 2011 at 7:37 AM , Blogger Jenni Rollins said...

Great job girlie! Hooray for promoting recycling and doing it in such a creative way. How can I get a hold of one of those indoor compost things?

At September 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM , Blogger Erika said...

@Danelle-That's so funny because I talked to a lady who's a recycling expert as part of this, and she suggested the same thing! I think that's such a great idea

@Jenni-Thanks! I'm trying to figure that out myself. As soon as I do, I'll let you know!


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