3 Steps To Cut Down On Party Trash

Trash day in my neighborhood makes me sad. Driving down the street, I see house after house with giant piles of senseless trash. Those homes that have obvious recyclables sitting by the curb make me especially unhappy. Not to mention those with toys and home goods that are still 100% usable (don’t worry, when I see those I rescue them!).

My family of four, including a baby in disposable diapers (yes, I know), produces only a single bag of trash each week. Often that bag isn’t even full, just stinky. That’s it. But we regularly overflow two bins of recyclables weekly. It can be done, without much effort I might add.

I was recently challenged by Glad to throw a party taking the One Bag Challenge – filling only one bag of trash from the party. I was psyched to take on the challenge to show that it can be done. Learn more about the One Bag Challenge and Glad’s commitment to bettering the environment here.

With summer upon us I invited the neighborhood gang to celebrate with some water fun in the back yard. To really showcase the success of the challenge, I invited everyone – 24 kids and 20 adults. Yep, I decided to take a One Bag Challenge for party of 44! Yes, that’s right I decided I could host a party with 44 guests and only produce a single bag of trash.

Want to cut down on your party trash? Follow these three simple steps:

Step 1 – Use sustainable and biodegradable partyware. Not only is it good for the planet, but it is totally chic too. Out of all my party prep, my dinner plates received the most compliments — go figure! I served my guests on bamboo plates from Bambu. If only I was a composter, all of my plates, cups, silverware and napkins could have gone into a compost pile… Someday.

Glad One Bag Challenge Step 1

Step 2 – Decorate your space with reusable decor. For my party I decorated with leis that served as party favors and reusable tiki torches. (Notice a theme here?) The decor was also budget friendly, I picked up the leis at Target $1 for two.

Glad One Bag Challenge Step 2

Step 3 – Make sure your recycle bin and trash bag are in plain sight. To encourage people to recycle, I placed my recycle bin right under the table. No it isn’t pretty, but it reminded people. (Although I still went fishing in the garbage after the party for stray recycleables.)

Glad One Bag Challenge Step 3

So, of course, the question remains… Did I meet the challenge? Of course I did! One bag with room to spare! If it wasn’t so stinky, I would have put it in my kitchen and kept adding to the bag. I could have crammed a lot more into my Glad bag, it was made for stuffing full. But alas my husband made a face when I suggested this possibility. Oh well, I guess this week we will be putting two bags by the curb. But neither one will be totally full!

Glad One Bag Challenge Success

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Disclosure – I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Glad and received a One Bag kit to facilitate my review, a kit to give away, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

92 thoughts on “3 Steps To Cut Down On Party Trash”

  1. I’ve been trying to cut down on waste by buying reusable containers for lunches. My husband just got some new glass containers for his lunch. I’m trying to cut down on plastic too.

  2. I use real plates and utensils instead of paper or foam and I try to limit napkins and paper towel usage 🙂

  3. I buy refill tubs of formula instead of buying all of that plastic! Thank you! This is awesome! Mattandcolleen Fuller on FB

  4. I cut down on waste and trash everyday. When I go for my walks in the morning with my son I pick up other people’s recycling that they throw out of their cars. I also compost all of my fruits and vegetables.

  5. We have stopped using the little plastic grocery bags all together and have been collecting totes to do our shopping with. We also by as much natural food as possible which means less packaging waste. We don’y use paper towels or napkins we have switch to cloth and reusable items. We try to re purpose anything that might be useful in any way and it we can’t we take it to be recycled.

  6. I cut down on waste by using reusable products when I can, then recycling or composting almost everything else. I only keep a very small trash can, and only have to empty it around every 2 weeks.

  7. We cut down on waste by only using disposable products when we have a lot of guests. We are also careful the recycle everything possible.

  8. Food we give to the chickens and goats and waste by using stainless steel water bottles and towels instead of paper towels.

  9. While browsing your Green Living section this article re: cutting down on party trash caught my eye. I have never tried to have a party and be left with only one bag of trash but I think I can do it! I’m having a party this weekend when my daughter, a nurse who had to work Christmas Day and the day after, brings her family for a belated Christmas celebration. I’m going to try the One Bag Challenge — will let you know how well I succeed.


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