7 Stylish (and Eco-Friendly!) Party Ideas

Photo: Alison Gootee/Studio DBy Amanda MacMillan


The couple behind Ladies & Gentlemen Studio salvage vintage serving utensils by restoring shine and giving handles a cheerful color treatment

Server, $60 each; LadiesandGentlemenStudio.com

Skipping a paper towel in favor of a cotton tea towel--like this handwoven, fair-trade version by Creative Women--can make a big impact: It's been estimated that if everyone did this just once a day, Americans would save 571 million pounds of paper a year

Tea towel, from $28; CreativeWomen.net for stores

Photo: Alison Gootee/Studio DCheers!

Pack a bottle of organic bubbly in a wine tote (made from old sails!) that encourages re-gifting. Write the date and recipient's name on the bag's "log," and start it on a journey around the world--or at least your circle of friends.

From $35; SeaBags.com

Photo: Courtesy of Wine PuntsBottoms Up

Made from wine bottles recycled from restaurants, these hip Wine Punts drinking glasses take their name from the dimple winemakers traditionally leave on the bottle's bottom. Diverting glass from the landfill? We'll drink to that

From $24 for four; WinePunts.com

Alison Gootee/Studio DDoubly Sweet

These fair-trade vegan truffles are as gentle on the planet as they are bold on the tongue, with flavors like raspberry-balsamic and beet-coriander. Once the chocolates are gone, reuse the pretty porcelain pint they're packed in to store berries.

$35; LagustasLuscious.com

Photo: Courtesy of the Container StoreGot You Covered

If aluminum foil and plastic wrap are your go-to methods for storing leftovers, consider this: aluminum and plastic will likely linger in landfills for hundreds of years--if not longer. Cover Flex Silicone Lids stretch and stick to fit over pots, plates, and bowls just like foil or wrap, but the durable covers are dishwasher-safe and reusable

$20 for three; ContainerStore.com

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Photo: Courtesy of MethodGood, Clean Fun

Stocking the bathroom with Method's new soap bottle--the first of its kind to be made with plastic pulled from the ocean--will help clean guests' hands and our planet.

$5; MethodHome.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Night Owl Paper GoodsThe Write Stuff

Night Owl Paper Goods spunky thank-you cards, made from sustainably harvested birch, are almost as green as e-mail and will mean so much more to your host

From $6; NightOwlPapergoods.com

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