Host a Green Barbeque: Entertaining on a Budget

Summertime is the time for barbecues, which usually means breaking out the plastic silverware and paper plates. But you might end up going through more of that paper and plastic than you think, with guests forgetting which cup is theirs or foods soaking through several layers of paper plates.

There is a budget-friendly and eco-friendly alternative to all that waste: using reuseable or recyclable dishes and utensils.

For smaller parties, consider using your everyday dishes – not only are they more presentable than the paper or plastic alternatives, but you can just pop them all into the dishwasher after your guests leave.

Also use cloth napkins instead of paper – they’re heavier duty, and they can be washed in the washing machine instead of tossed in the trash.

For larger gatherings, consider using either reusable or disposable dishes and silverware with recycled content, which can be recycled again. Preserve Kitchen, available exclusively at most Whole Foods Markets, makes 100% recycled plastic plates, utensils and cups that are dishwasher safe, reusable, and recyclable in communities that recycle #5 plastic. Products are available at Recycline’s online store.