If other forks, knives, and spoons are needed, use compostable products.
Use cold cups made from plants that are 100% compostable (such as Greenware).
Use hot cups that are compostable (avoid all Styrofoam).
Provide napkins and plates that are 100% recycled paper and compostable.
If providing gifts to a large group, consider items that can be regularly used to reduce environmental impacts. These include: reusable grocery bags; reusable water bottles; reusable hot drink mugs; and t-shirts made from recycled plastic.
Consider a digital 'goodie bag' - coupons, free items, cards, tickets, etc.
For smaller events and personal gifts, consider giving activities, such as tickets to events or annual passes to local museums.
Instead of purchasing decorations, use small potted plants and then give them to guests.
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