Top Tips for Throwing a Waste-Free Event
In April, FLM Harvest joined Meredith Agrimedia, the CropLife Foundation and other key partners to launch the No Taste for Waste initiative in New York City. No Taste for Waste is a partnership between FLM Harvest and other agribusinesses and organizations to highlight farmer contributions to reducing food loss and how we can all work together to minimize waste.
In keeping with the spirit of the initiative, we aimed to host an amazing panel discussion and launch party with as little waste as possible. Here are three of our favorite tips to help you minimize waste while maximizing fun at your next event.
Put your blooms to good use. The beautiful flowers decorating our event were provided by Repeat Roses, an organization that recycles floral arrangements by donating them to hospitals and nursing homes after events. Repeat Roses donated these sunny yellow blooms to The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care & Treatment in Harlem, an organization that fights for quality, dignity and accessibility in cancer care for low-income patients.
Ask your caterer to deliver big taste with less waste. We hired a caterer who shared our vision of reducing food waste. Instead of plastic glasses and plates, real stemware was used, and plates were 100 % compostable. As an appetizer, we served up peeled broccoli sticks made from the stalks with a tangy dipping sauce. Attendees also noshed on recipes featured in the “Waste Less, Save Money!” bookazine such as Sweet & Salty Bark made from crunchless saltine crackers.
Keep things digital. Rather than printing programs, we provided attendees with a digital program so they could read all about the panelists without the extra waste. All other event elements, like the nametags for example, were reusable or recyclable.
With these three tips, you’ll be sure to deliver a big splash without the trash at your next event. Want to learn more about the No Taste for Waste initiative and ways you can reduce food waste in your home? Check it out here.