Talk of the Town: November 2019
The holiday season is here! This month we’re exploring ways to green up our festive gatherings. We’ve uncovered ways to increase sustainability from supporting local produce markets to hosting an eco-friendly party.
Plan the perfect holiday gathering with local bites from these amazing indoor markets across the Chicagoland area. In season goodies like apples, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and squash promise to be the perfect start to a tasty meal!
- Green City Market
Alternate Saturdays, 8am – 1pm
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago
- Logan Square Farmers Market
Emporium Arcade Bar Logan Square, 2363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
- 61st Street Farmers Market
Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Ave, Chicago
- Evanston Farmers Market
Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston
- Geneva Green Market
First Congregational Church, 327 Hamilton St, Geneva
The Eco-Friendly Kitchen
Getting party ready could mean a fair amount of time prepping in the kitchen. These expert-approved items are a great way to green up your space while helping to reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday shindigs.
- Swap out one-time use paper towels for a reusable cloth option.
- Eco-friendly and reusable, beeswax food wraps are the perfect replacement for plastic wrap. There are even some great DIY options out there, if you’re feeling crafty!
- Plastic bags are out—silicone storage bags are in! They’re airtight, and most are microwave and freezer safe to boot.
- The classic mason jar is a multipurpose kitchen tool. Store everything from leftovers to ingredients, or grab a few for your next trip to the bulk aisle at the grocery store and skip plastic containers altogether.
- With a variety of options available, reusable produce bags will help you avoid unnecessary plastic while shopping for your holiday feast.
- Natural dish soaps, like Mrs. Meyer’s, reduce the pollutants washing down the drain while keeping your kitchenware squeaky clean.
We love a good party, but there are a few ways to make your gathering more eco-friendly with some easy changes. Many of those classic party goods—from paper plates to streamers—are intended for single-use, but these simple adjustments during the planning stages can help you have a more sustainable celebration
- Invite with Style
Try some new school ways of an old school method—the invite! If you plan on sending out paper invitations, consider using seed paper. This unique paper has seeds embedded throughout, so once your guests have the necessary information, they can work their green thumb, plant the paper, and watch it grow. Visit botanicalpaperworks.com for more information.
- Think Compostable
Paper and plastic goods generate a ton of waste, but if the thought of washing dishes after hosting a huge party stresses you out there is a happy medium! With a little research, you’ll be able to find compostable plates, cups, and utensils. Companies like Susty Party specialize in ethically sourced goods that look great too. Visit sustyparty.com for more information.
- Add Some Flair
Balloons aren’t just passé, they’re no good for the environment—but don’t let that stop you from hosting a stylish affair! Rice paper lanterns and garlands add a splash of color to any party (we love the options from Green Party Goods), while DIYers will love upcyling some tissue paper or wrapping paper into eco-friendly confetti. For more information, visit greenpartygoods.com.