The holiday season is in full swing, and even with Thanksgiving behind us, there is far more entertaining to do in the near future. If you want to make your holiday parties a little greener this year, there’s a slew of party supplies at your disposal.
While you’re doing your seasonal shopping, check out these 10 eco-friendly finds that will help you throw a green and jolly holiday shindig.
1. Wreath you can eat
This festive wreath will make a gorgeous accent to any home this season. And since it’s crafted with organic thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and red chili peppers, it’s also super useful in the kitchen. Measuring 12 inches in diameter, the ingredients for the wreath were grown on an organic farm in Northern California.
After the holidays, the tasty components can be saved and used in all your favorite recipes for up to one year. These wreaths make great gifts, too. But, remember to order early to guarantee on-time delivery for the holidays.
2. Savory organic wine
The Organic Wine Company provides a huge selection of wines made from sustainably-farmed Certified Organic grapes, including this medium-bodied red. This selection was created as a tribute to the company’s founder. So, naturally, it is their personal favorite. But if you also like whites, blushes or bubblies, you’ll find an organic bottle here, too.
If you can’t find this wine at your local grocer or prefer to save shipping costs and emissions, look for other sustainable wines from your local area.
3. Vintage cloth napkins
Making the switch to cloth napkins for your holiday dinner parties definitely ups the green factor, but these cheery napkins are also recycled, meaning double brownie-points.
Stay-at-home mom Jennie, also known as TerreMum, makes each of these cloth napkins by hand from vintage holiday cotton print. These napkins are reusable and safe to put in the washing machine. So, you can use them for all your holiday parties.
4. Windshield beer glasses
For the beer-drinkers at the table, check out these beer glasses made from recycled windshields. Handmade in Columbia and featured on UncommonGoods and Self magazine, these pilsner beer glasses are strong, sturdy (and heavy!).
These glasses have a subtle green hue from the original window tint. So, if you choose, they’ll match beautifully with your festive goblets. Note that because these glasses contain recycled content, no two are exactly the same, meaning your glasses are definitely one of a kind.
5. Creative chopsticks
A trivet, or hot pad, is a practical necessity for any dinner party. Why use potholders to protect your tabletops from fresh-from-the-oven casseroles when you can pick up an attractive and recycled trivet like this one?
Kwytza founder Bryan Parks has made it his mission to recycle the endless stream of disposable chopsticks by making practical art. This unique trivet can be used for hot or cold items, and will add a lovely accent to your holiday table.
6. Spiced-up salt and pepper
This fun little guy will surely put a smile all your guests’ faces this season, and he’s even made from a recycled material – a common kitchen essential: the spoon!
Utah-based welder Judson Jenning handcrafts each teeny butler out of reclaimed silverware. He calls his creations “Forked Up Art.”
To make your butler a little more festive, give him a DIY Santa hat! Look for some old pieces of red and white fabric in your home. Think: socks without mates, old dish towels or clothing with stains or holes.
Once you have your materials, fold the red fabric in half, and cut two identically-shaped triangles. Carefully sew the triangles together on the two longer sides to make the hat. Cut the white fabric to make trim and a topper.
7. Cozy candles
Candles set the mood at any holiday table. So, why not choose a candle on a mission this season? Stay-at-home mom Irene Guoz makes Soylar candles in her solar-powered home office from 100 percent soy wax and lead-free wicks.
These candles are held in soda or beer bottles recycled by members of her community in Long Beach, Calif., and she personally cuts and sands each bottle by hand. Many essential oil fragrances are available, but if you don’t want a scent competing with the smell of your dinner, they also come unscented.
8. Glassware with a story
Made in Italy from eco-friendly materials, this pretty glass bowl is perfect for salads. The Think Natural recycled glass collection of tumblers, plates and bowls is made from a compound glass using 30 percent recycled materials and is 100 percent recyclable.
A touch of glass adds some class to any holiday table, and at such a modest price, this bowl proves it’s easy to elegantly go green on any budget.
9. Pretty platters
Made from 100 percent recycled glass from reclaimed wine bottles, these wine bottle-shaped platters will add a whimsical backdrop to the cheese, vegetable or fruit platters you serve at your next holiday dinner party.
Each piece undergoes an 8-hour process to emerge as a one-of-a-kind platter that can be used even after the holidays. Two colors are available, Chardonnay and Bordeaux. So, you can choose the platter that suits you best. It even comes with a cheese spreader.
10. Name the place
Nothing says “fine dining” like place setting labeled with the names of your guests. But these elegant place card holders are a pretty and practical addition to any dinner table. Crafted by artisans in India, these beauties are made from 100 percent recycled glass, and they are available in two colors to accent your holiday décor.