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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

One Bag Event! (Post 3)

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. 


This is finally my post about my actual One Bag Event!  
You can read the previous posts here: Post 1 and Post 2


It was so much fun, and we used hardly any trash! I didn't get a very good picture of our "one bag," but I have this for you: 



If you can't tell, that is paper plates in a trash bag. The only trash we had at our party were plates and napkins. In my other posts, I talked about how using reusable plates would be a really great way to cut down on waste? Well I looked at literally every store in town and there was NOTHING! I could not find any plastic sets, let alone glass, to save my life! I guess that's what we get for living in such a small town! I did get some super cute serving plates though. 


Yay! Recycled cans! 
Fun story: When I was stapling this classy homemade sign onto the cardboard, I stapled my finger. Holla. 


Fun people came: 


Chris & Monika


Kaitlin, Laura & Jessica


Troy & Kathleen



We ate tasty food: 



Veggies and dip, Spinach Artichoke Dip with chips, and Stuffed Jalapenos & Mushrooms.



Spinach Artichoke Dip.


Sugar cookie, fondue, & fondue dippers.


Sugar cookies!



Dewbies! 


Marshmallows for fondue. 


Strawberries & Bananas for fondue. 


Stuff to dip in fondue. 


Awesome chocolate fondue!


Sticks for dipping in fondue. 



And what's a party without my adorable nephew Blake?



Things I did to ensure that we only had one bag of trash: 
*I announced to everyone at the beginning that this was a "One Bag" event, and explained that the point was to only get one bag of trash. 
*Brought soda as a beverage, and had a clearly labeled recycling box for the cans. I showed everyone where it was, and made sure they recycled. It was funny because if someone forgot and started to throw theirs away, someone would always remind them. 
*Tried to purchase items with minimal packaging. The only thing that had excess packaging was probably the creme puffs because they were in a box, and then a bag inside the box. 
*Used earth friendly plates that were made from recycled material(next time I will be using plastic though!)
*Used finger foods so that we didn't have to use plastic silverware. 


I'm so glad my party turned out the way it did. It was a lot of fun to plan, and even more fun to actually throw! I felt successful in getting the "less waste" message across in a non-forceful way. 

Sadly, I only have one more post about the One Bag Event. Stay turned for that next week!


I know you're all stressing, but don't worry! Recipes for these will be coming your way ASAP! 

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