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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Sustainable potlucks

We got this email from a reader:

If you have suggestions for sustainable potlucks, put them up. The waste generated by so many disposables really bothers me. I'm sure the paper plates, plastic "silver"ware, and plastic cups I've used and tossed at potlucks over the years adds up to a shamefully large number.

I have been to some eco-potlucks where people bring their own reusable utensils, and just tote them home to wash. It's a great idea. It takes a lot of promoting and reminding for people to adopt this habit, but it's defnitely an eco-mitzvah.


Suggestions?

2 Comments:

At 1:52 AM, June 25, 2006, Anonymous Julia said...

Lessons from Kol Zimrah Jerusalem: If you include it explicitly and highlight in your havurah/invitation emails, and then only provide a very very small amount of disposables in addition to the host's kitchenware, you will reduce and people will learn that unless they want to get stuck eating soup out of a plate using a serving fork, they need to bring their own. This is what I always wrote: "DON'T FORGET! To reduce environmental impact and to make sure everyone is fed in body and spirit, please bring: your siddur, your own plate cup utensils, and your potluck dish."

 
At 5:21 PM, August 16, 2006, Blogger Jo said...

At TLS we've invested in 70 cloth napkins. One person takes them home each time and throws them in the wash. So at least the use of disposable napkins has been reduced.

 

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