If there’s one thing we love about summer, it’s the stacked social callus. And after this year, putting on your party threads has never been so enjoyable. Whether it’s picnics by the beach, fancy nights out, or just a good ol ‘party dinner, summer is where socializing takes place.

But here’s the thing; this year’s social season is all about slowing down, reconnecting, and living a great life, both for us and for the planet. This is why we have partnered with the ecological team of BioPak to help you take advantage of sustainable hosting. Whether it’s polished decor, compostable cutlery, or zero-waste catering, here are seven easy ways to upgrade your event to eco in style.

Collect conscious decor

Your local Kmart’s seasonal aisle can be tempting, but it’s a sure-fire way to collect things you just don’t need. If you want event decor that will last for many seasons to come, consider collecting high quality, versatile pieces that can adapt to the occasion. Get the right laundry factor with Bed Threads tableware collection– 100% French linen tablecloths to placemats and napkins; these parts will last a lifetime. Accent your decor with handcrafted ceramic vases, recycled glass candle containers, and dried or eucalyptus flowers. By nailing down the basics, you’ll always be ready for a mindful reunion.

Opt for party favors that won’t last

Yes, you read that right. When choosing disposable cups, plates and cutlery, make sure he spends as little time as possible on this earth. That’s why biodegradable options are where they are. Our choice for planet-friendly picnics and party supplies is BioPak. They’ve moved to make their packaging completely plastic-free, as well as offering essentials that break down in your compost. From wooden cutlery to cane dishes and paper straws, they’ve covered your wellness event perfectly. Best of all, you can pick them up at your local Woolworths, Aldi or IGA. While you’re at it, level things up and head to Compost connection to familiarize yourself with composting in your area.

Go zero waste with catering

If you’re tasked with serving the smorgasbord yourself, rest assured that zero waste catering doesn’t have to come at the expense of flavor. In fact, choosing options that rely on less packaging often means the item is both fresh and made with love. As far as carbs go, get a French stick from your local bakery – bruschetta, are you up to it? You can also try your hand at homemade crackers, DIY candle-lit hummus, slime-worthy pesto, or a technicolor display of organic vegetables. Trust us, your guests will be impressed. Or, if you’d rather grab something on the go, opt for a Mexican treat from Guzman and Gomez, which use herbal packaging.

Reduce, reuse, manufacture

Whether it’s a Christmas dinner, New Years brunch, or birthday party, you will need a few special items to make the occasion even more memorable. Forget the golden number balloons (very unbearable) and instead put your creativity to work. Bring new life to old garish Christmas decorations with a stroke of paint, or make a DIY garland from old cardboard boxes. If they are gifts, opt for reusable wrappers like a cloth towel or scarf instead of single-use wrapping paper.

Adopt seasonality

If you’re making the effort of an eco-friendly shindig, you might as well work harder to connect with nature and the seasons. When it comes to flowers, we know they can be a big waste of money and resources. But if you want to add flair to your event, opt for seasonal local varieties to reduce your floral footprint. The same school of thought applies to production. Check which fruits and vegetables are in season when planning your menu and do your best to source them locally. Anyway, see you at the farmer’s market.

Return your community

Going local is where it is because it cuts down on the transportation emissions involved in sourcing your products. Plus, your hard-earned money is spent where it belongs – in your community. From food and catering to furniture rentals, beverage supplies and decorating, there is a plethora of talented creatives around your neighborhood ready to enhance your event. Whether it’s grabbing drinks at your local craft brewery or scoring desserts at your neighborhood baker, you really can’t go wrong. And if you’re wondering where to start, check out Good beer Co which uses compostable beer ring holders.

Get from E Transport

Remote and hard-to-reach places were also remote last year. In keeping with the laid back vibe of this event season, it’s all about making your shindig easy to access. Choosing a central location is a bonus in every way, especially for getting home safe after a drunken evening. Additionally, you can encourage customers to ride the green train with eco-friendly transportation options like walking, carpooling, public transportation, or electric scooters.

Get those good feelings this summer by supporting both your party and our planet with BioPak. Their compostable range of picnic and party supplies are filled with good things like wooden cutlery, candy cane dishes, and paper straws.

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