5 Simple Ways to Green Your Super Bowl Viewing Party
Where there is a large event, there is always tons of waste to go with it. This couldn’t be more true of the Super Bowl. Examples of exhausting resounces comes in many forms. The International Business Times reports, “At the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, for instance, the Lucas Oil Stadium and related venues used around 15,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power about 1,400 average U.S. homes for a year.” That’s a LOT of power for an event that is only a few hours long. Business Insider also reports that, “Super Bowl XLVII, which took place in New Orleans in 2013, resulted in about 3.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, not including flights or transportation between venues. That’s equal to the annual tailpipe emissions of about 400 American passenger cars.” Then there are the tons of waste produced by consumables such as snacks, food, drink cans, paper products and much more.
The good news is that the NFL has implemented various environmental initiative to help counter the environmental footprint of it’s events. They have partnered with renewable energy companies to power events, the US Forest service to help plant trees, are starting to donate surplus foot to soup kitchens and kicked off various recycling programs. According to WasteDive, “Phoenix achieved a more than 80% waste diversion from trash generated downtown during days of Super Bowl XLIX kick off events, according to the NFL. And it piloted a first ever-compost program at the stadium on Game Day, as hosting stadium MetLife in New Jersey did the previous year. ” That’s great news for our planet!
So to follow our NFL heroes in their pursuit of a greener game day, here are some green tips you can easily do yourself!
It’s a whole lot cheaper than sending out paper invites and can be a whole lot cuter too. You can send these straight to your email list or even through a text message. The best part is that your guests can RSVP right away. Check out Evite’s super cute assortment of evites that will step up your game day to a whole new greener level!
Why this idea is so taboo is beyond us. There are sooo many meatless recipes that would be perfect for your viewing party! Did you know that 30% of the earth’s ice-free surface is used for raising livestock? According to research reported by Time Magazine, “The highest total of livestock-related greenhouse-gas emissions comes from the developing world, which accounts for 75% of the global emissions from cattle and other ruminants and 56% of the global emissions from poultry and pigs. Give the ozone layer a break for a day or two… or three! Check out some of these meatless recipes that will be a total crowd pleaser. You won’t even notice there wasn’t a chicken wing in sight! The earth and maybe a chicken or two will thank you too!
Make Entertaining Compostable
Forget those styrofoam cups and plates that are terrible for the environment. Did you know styrofoam is non-biodegradable and non-recyclable? It takes over 500 years for ONE styrofoam cup to decompose. Styrofoam is also made from a chemical called styrene which is known to leach into food and beverages. Many cities have even banned the use of styrofoam food containers due to it’s environmental and health impact. Go green with some seriously eco friendly bio degradable and compostable dinnerware. Check out Eco Products and Emerald Brand serve ware. These products are made from sugar cane, plant based plastics, plant starch, bagasse, bamboo, and eucalyptus. All renewable and all gone once your party is over. NOT 500 years later!
Skip Single Serve Stuff
Single serve drinks and snacks equal more packaging that end up in the trash. Try to buy in bulk to keep packaging to a minimum Try Office Snax Peanut butter pretzels or Planters reduced sodium peanuts. You can even do trail mixes, fresh veggies with dip or family size chips. When it comes to drinks, you can opt for home made teas and lemonade or pick up a keg instead of single serve beers. Make sure to have recycling bins placed near your spread. It’s better for the environment and your health!
Repurpose Existing Decorations Instead of Buying Single Use Ones
Bust out some of your white holiday lights or pick up some football string lights to use year after year. Save pasta jars to make cute mini footballs to serve chocolate desserts or dark colored beverages in. You can also repurpose some of those old tailgating keepsakes and a football into a centerpiece. Sure beats spending money on single use decorations that will only last one party. You’ll be surprised how you can spruce up your table with a few decorations you already have in your closet!