Princeton Review recently ranked Syracuse University as the no.5 party school in the country. But is this an honor or an embarrassment?
Connon Thomas, a student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry – sister school of SU – explains, “it’s frustrating trying to walk or bike around glass and other trash in the streets and it’s usually due to irresponsible college parties the night before.”
Luckily, Syracuse University students can restore some dignity to their school’s impressive party status by throwing green bashes: eco-friendly college parties.
Here are 5 ideas for you to include in your next fiesta that will cut down on waste, leave a little more money in your wallet, and restore your party pride.
1. Throw a bring-a-can party.
It stinks when you get to a party and find out there is a $5 cover charge just to get in. What if, instead of charging admission in the form of money (which is hard to come by as a college student), people bring a can of food or a non-perishable item? It can reduce clutter in the kitchen and you can either use the food in your own pantry, or even better, donate it to a good cause such as a local food bank.
2. Recycle after your bash!
If you were worried about paying off all those thirty-packs you bought for your party, fear no more! According to one party host, about $25 was generated just from returning the empty bottles and cans from their weekend bash to the local Tops or Wegmans. Try putting a recycling bag near the trash can. Hopefully, people will use the bag instead of littering recyclables around your house. Even if they don’t, it may be worth it to pick up after them.
3. Make eco-decorations.
Instead of going out to the store to buy streamers and balloons, why not use your own creations to decorate your soirée? This can save you money and allow you to use things you would have thrown out otherwise, such as yarn, newspaper, and boxes. Light bulbs are a great example.
Follow this link for some fun light bulb ideas!
4. Throw a leftover potluck.
What better way to get rid of some of those leftovers you were never going to eat? Get together with a bunch
of your friends and have each person bring something from home! You shouldn’t have to go out to the store to make food for your friends when you have last night’s lasagna chilling in the fridge.
5. Have a tie-dye party.
Tie-dyeing with friends allows you to repurpose old clothes that may have ended up in the trash. All you have to do is supply the dye and tell them to bring their ratty shirts and pants. For dark colors, try bleach as dye.