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Make green the winner at your Super Bowl party

If you have plans to host a Super Bowl party, you may have to deal with trash-talking between guests, but you don't have to deal with bags of trash from the party. Host a greener party, no matter what colors your team sports.

Beer: You'll probably be stocking up on most of your party supplies at the grocery store. If beer is on your list, consider trying a few varieties of organic or locally brewed beers. If you're having a large crowd, renting a keg is both more economical and less wasteful. A full-size keg holds the equivalent of 165 12-ounce containers of beer and can be refilled and used over and over again.

Other drinks: For individually packaged beverages of all kinds, the greener choices are ones packaged in aluminum cans. Aluminum is the most valuable and cost-effective material that we recycle. Plus aluminum can be recycled and back on the store shelves as new product in a matter of weeks. When serving water, the best choice is to provide a pitcher of ice water and reusable glasses for your guests. If bottled water is a must, buy bottles made with less plastic and make sure they get recycled.

Dinnerware and utensils: Reusable dinnerware and utensils are the least wasteful means of throwing a party but it's not always practical. When shopping for the disposable products like napkins and paper towels, look for ones made from recycled paper. Paper plates are a bit trickier but noncoated ones are your best bet because they break down in the landfill more quickly. There are also fun and eco-friendly plates, bowls and utensils made from bamboo or other sustainable materials. However, these are easier to find online, so plan ahead.

What to serve: And of course, there are all the things you'll be putting on those plates. From carrots and celery sticks to wings and chips, buying in bulk creates less packaging waste, and you'll save money, too. Keep a few reusable containers on hand to send extra leftovers home with your guests.

Have bins handy: Don't forget to make it easy for your guests to recycle. If you have designated recycling bins for things like cans and bottles, these items will be a lot less likely to end up in the trash.

Make green the winner at your Super Bowl party 01/29/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:18pm]
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