As Independence Day approaches, you may be brainstorming ways to decorate your home, prepare your party, and celebrate in style. But have you considered how to do all of this sustainably?
We all know the aftermath of a party can often leave us with a heap of waste - from food scraps to disposable plates, utensils and decorations, much of it will end up in the landfill once the final guest departs. To make matters worse, most party supplies available in the market are made of plastic and other disposable materials that are harmful to the environment.
As we collectively awaken to the importance of reducing our environmental footprint, planning a sustainable event with reusable, recyclable, or compostable items is becoming easier and more affordable. From DIY party decoration tutorials, reusable decor and low waste activities are a fun way to generate less waste and make your party unique.
At Friendsheep, we believe that celebrations and sustainability should go hand in hand. That's why we've curated a selection of eco-friendly products that are perfect for your 4th of July party.
Create a festive atmosphere with our Red White and Blue, Under The Stars, and Fireworks Eco Garlands. These beautiful, handcrafted pieces add a unique touch to your decor and are sure to capture your guests' attention. Handmade for fair wages by artisans in Nepal, these garlands add a burst of patriotic color to your space. Our garlands come in several sizes and with extra thread, which allows you to space the beads as per your liking. And the best part? They're reusable and come in a handy storage bag, making them a sustainable choice for years to come.
Don't forget about our Red White and Blue Eco Coasters and Trivets. These coasters not only protect your furniture but also serve as colorful, festive accents to your party decor. The absorbent wool makes them ideal for all summer drinks - no more wet ring marks left by sweaty beverages on your furniture!
You might have seen our unique handmade Stars & Stripes - Special Edition dryer balls. Not only are these a practical, eco-friendly alternative to dryer sheets, but they also make for great decorations, and can double up as fun toys for kids and pets at your 4th of July party. How about placing them in a clear jar for a patriotic centerpiece that will also spark conversation about sustainable living? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for an extra joyful effect.
If you like boosting your guests mood with aromatherapy, we suggest you sprinkle everywhere our super cute star eco fresheners! They're great to decorate tables, furniture and catch-all dishes. Use them unscented or with essential oils. After the gathering, they'll make for great party favors or can be used all year long to scent your clothes in the closet.
Remember, a sustainable 4th of July doesn't stop at decorations. Consider using your everyday tableware, or if you prefer disposable chose compostable plates, cups, and cutlery for your meals. Set out a few sharpies so that people can write their name and reuse their cups. Serve locally sourced, organic food, and organize a recycling station for cans and bottles, add a compost bin for compostable items, napkins and leftovers. No need to be fancy, grab a canister or a cardboard box, have the kids paint it red, white, and blue, and write “RECYCLE” and “COMPOST” on it. You’ll be surprised at how many guests will be thrilled to do their part in protecting the Planet.
After the celebration, our dryer balls can return to their primary job - making your laundry routine more sustainable. They naturally soften and fluff your laundry, eliminating the need for single-use dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners that come in plastic jugs. Plus, they help reduce drying time by up to 40%, saving you time and energy.So why not celebrate Independence Day the sustainable way? It’s time to invest in reusable, everlasting - and compostable at the end of their life - decorations. Items that are unique, handmade with love and for good, items that will be passed down to the next generations. With Friendsheep, you can make 4th of July fun, festive, mindful, and Planet friendly.
Every year, over 400 million tonnes of plastic are produced worldwide, half of which is designed solely for single-use. A meager 9% of all the plastic produced gets recycled, and annually more than 23 million tonnes of plastic end up in our lakes, rivers, and seas. Packaging and single-use items are among the main culprits of this plastic pollution.
If you’re looking for ways to freshen your laundry in a way that aligns with your lifestyle, read on! Here are three simple solutions that are safe, natural, cost-effective, earth and animal friendly, and FUN. DIY fans – we’ve even included a recipe to make your own essential oil spray!
When you care about the environment, how products are sourced, avoiding toxins, limiting waste, and promoting fair trade wages, gift-giving can seem challenging. Perhaps even overwhelming. Especially when your friends fall into the category of not ‘needing more’. Though the holidays don’t have to hurt the environment. And the gifts you give can leave a smile on your loved one’s face – and the Artisan’s and the Planet’s!