Who wants to party when the economy is cooling and the planet is warming?

9 Apr

Can the earth count on you as much as you can count on Rick Astley?

Can the earth count on you as much as you can count on Rick Astley?

Guest post by my sister Sarah in honor of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22nd. This is also part of my series on Holidays in 2009.

While the twofold threats of economic disaster and climate change don’t lend themselves to a party mood, here is an idea that may make you want to throw a party after all.

How about a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Party? That is the mantra by which environmentalists everywhere live their lives. Why not put that to use when planning a party?

Ask your guests to bring items they no longer want or need that someone else might have a use for. Potential themes include: toys, clothes, baby gear, household items, paperback books, CDs, and DVDs, but the possibilities are endless! Once your guests arrive, let the bartering begin.

By turning your party into a miniature swap meet, your guests get to reuse and recycle any number of items. Items that may have lost their luster to the original owner may just put a sparkle in the eyes of one of your guests. And who knows, maybe you’ll get that one-hit-wonder CD from back in the 80s or 90s in the process (Vanilla Ice or Gerardo anyone?)

Also, because giving feels really good, put your guests in a good mood right off the bat by asking them to bring a can or two of food to donate to a local food bank. Et voila, a socially-conscious-yet-not-preachy party that benefits all and harms none, including the planet. If you can manage to arrange carpooling and organic food, then you’re even more awesome.

By reducing our consumption habits (who needs to buy a new CD when you just snagged Rick Astley?) and compounding this with reusing and recycling items that others no longer need or want, hosts and guests alike will walk away with something “new” without having spent a dime. The planet, and your wallet, will thank you.

And so will the folks at the food bank.

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