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3 ways to green your summer event

The season has arrived for outdoor gatherings of all sorts: company picnics, family reunions and parties in the park.

reusable dishware, recycling and directions by bike

Here are some tips and resources for greening your events:

Use ‘real’ dishware

Ever tried cutting something with a plastic knife? Probably not the best experience.

Real (reusable) cutlery, dishware and cloth napkins provide a nicer — dare we say, classier — experience, while also being considerably better for the environment


Most event waste (such as disposable cups, plates and napkins) can't be recycled or composted.

But if you’ll be serving drinks in bottles or cans, you can make recycling signs that show just those items, or even rent recycling containers and signs for free — just be sure to book in advance.

Event waste signs

Go by bike (or foot, or bus…)

In the event invite, provide tips for arriving by bike or transit: nearest bike parking, close-by transit stops and a link to TriMet’s trip planner.