Sustainable Celebrations

Sustainability, Equity, Environment, Economics

 

Tips and tricks for sustainable celebrations. Whether you're looking for local or organic food and recipes, craft and gift ideas, ways to reduce and reuse, or just general tips for a sustainable social gathering – you've come to the right place! Check back often as new items will be coming shortly! Have an idea or suggestion to include on this page? Email sustainability@prairiestate.edu with "Sustainable Celebration Resource" in the subject line.  Be sure to include the web link, if available.

 

Five Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

Be Thankful for What's Local

Buy local and organic foods where possible. How many items can you purchase that were grown within a 100-mile radius?

A Zero-Waste Meal

Use re-usable containers for your preparations and left overs instead of aluminum foil, plastic wrap or plastic bags.

Donate Your Oil

Deep frying a turkey this year? Many local organizations will collect your used frying oil and convert it to biodiesel.

Get on Your Feet

Look for walks or runs in the area benefiting the local community. Not only will you be helping a good cause, you'll be making room for extra helpings.

Get Your Garden Ready

Consider composting your leftover turkey carcass – but be sure to clean the bones of all meat to avoid attracting rodents and an undesirable smell!

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Food Pantries

If you need assistance or would like to donate, please visit FoodPantires.org.

Five Tips for a Sustainable Halloween

Dressing Up

Save money and the environment! Check out the Salvation Army or local second-hand shops for an original costume idea or a fabulous deal on a gently used costume.

Consider making a home-made costume or renting one from one of the many Halloween stores open this time of year.

Collecting Your Treats

Use a re-usable shopping bag or pillow case to collect your goodies. If you need to purchase a bag, consider purchasing one in which the proceeds go to charity.

Giving Out the Goodies

Try buying non-genetically modified candy or organic treats where possible. Whole Foods has an entire aisle of these goodies, and many other stores are carrying brands such as UNREAL which is free of corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, GMOs, artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

If buying in bulk, consider purchasing the Hershey's or Nestlé's brands, both listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

Foot Fun

Why drive from neighbor to neighbor when you can walk? Consider taking your children to safe neighborhoods where they walk door-to-door, or come to Prairie State College for the Halloween Family Fun Fest where your children can enjoy games, hayrides, popcorn, surprises and more!

What to do with that Jack-o'-lantern?

Consider composting your jack-o'-lanterns versus throwing them in the trash. This will ensure your pumpkin doesn't emit methane gas in the landfill!

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Sustainable Costumes That Won't Break the Bank

For more tips and tricks, visit the sustainability center in room 2630.