The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. Twenty million Americans participated, and the event is credited as the birth of the environmental movement. As of 2011, 1 billion people take part annually in Earth Day celebrations. These observances bring awareness to environmental issues like global warming and recycling. The host of an Earth Day party should be environmentally conscious and make sure the invitations are as eco-friendly as possible.
The most eco-friendly invitation option is to go paperless. It's as simple as sending an e-mail to your contacts or creating an event on social networking sites. You can also purchase e-invitations that feature graphics and music and are sent to people's e-mail addresses. By using virtual invitations, you're conserving natural resources and ensuring that you don't contribute to the amount of waste in garbage dumps. You are also saving the environment from being polluted by mail delivery trucks.
Recycled paper is the best option for paper invitations. Look for packages of paper that say "recycled material" on the label. The higher the percentage of recycled material, the better it is for the environment. Look for 80 percent recycled paper. This can be put in a printer to make invitations. You can also purchase biodegradable paper made with leaves and herbs; handwrite the invitations with a calligraphy pen.
Seed packets are a good invitation option because guests will get two uses from one package. Find seeds that are easy to grow in your climate. Vegetable seeds are best because they'll provide people with food that is fresh and pesticide-free. Look for seed packages that are made of paper and have a bit of blank space where you can write the party information. In a line or two, write the time, date and location of the party and a phone number or e-mail address.
Energy-efficient light bulbs often come packaged in individual boxes. Buy a light bulb for every household you plan on inviting and write the party information on the cardboard box. This way, you'll be encouraging your friends and family to conserve energy, and you can feel good about spending your money in support of an Earth Day campaign. Make sure you buy a standard-size light bulb that will fit the most common-size light socket.
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