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Planning an Event? It’s Time to Go Green

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Having a green event is something that anyone can do — all it takes is a little bit of research and some planning. There are lots of “green party guidelines” available online, or you can always choose to hire a green caterer or environmentally committed party planner to help out. Because events tend to consume so many resources and generate quite a lot of waste, “greening” your next event is a great way to lessen the carbon footprint of your next big (or small) bash.

What IS a green event? It’s an event that is organized with the goal of minimizing waste and promoting sustainable actions.  It’s not just about recycling though — it’s about reducing the amount of resources used, encouraging the reuse of resources, and making sure that materials are properly disposed through recycling or composting as much as possible.

Most of the “standard” ways of planning an event usually do have environmentally preferable alternatives. Some examples might include sending paperless invitations, buying seasonal locally grown food and flowers, using natural or reusable decor, minimizing printed materials, and buying event supplies and tableware that are environmentally friendly.

Here’s something to think about: according to the Green Restaurant Association more than 113 BILLION disposable cups, 29 BILLION disposable plates and 39 BILLION disposable utensils are used in the U.S. each year. Wow.

Using compostable tableware and serving utensils are one of the easiest solutions to going green at your next event. Choices go from simple everyday designs to more stylish options for higher end occasions.

At PacknWood, our extensive range of party and catering supplies make planning your green event much easier. Our catering trays have recycled plastic lids that easily transform the trays into take-out boxes for party leftovers, and our Stylish Sugarcane collection is biodegradable and can be thrown right into the compost heap. And our cornstarch-based disposable utensils are designed to decompose soon after use in a compost bin.

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Here’s another tip: if you choose compostable-ware,  it’s especially important to let people know WHAT IS WHAT, and WHERE TO PUT IT. People are used to throwing items that look like plastic (such as utensils) into recycling bins but compostables cannot be re-processed with regular plastic– they must go in the compost bin. Clearly label the recycling, composting and trash bins to let people know exactly where everything goes.

 

We would love to see pics of your next green event!

Cones And Mini Fryer Baskets: Perfect French Fries Displays

The snow is back! When the weather is cold and snowy, everybody would rather be inside and have a delicious hot comforting meal than walking around outside in the wind and go grocery shopping.

fries-picWhat is the American’s number one comfort food when it comes to meals? Yes, you got it, French fries of course! Americans love French fries and it is also one of the most popular side dishes in the world. Easy and cheap for businesses to make, hot crispy French fries are definitely one of the most satisfying food you can get, especially when it is cold outside!

Served as they do it in Europe – with cooked mussels or with a fried egg on top or with grilled steak – or simply the American way – as a side, covered in ketchup or other dipping sauces – so many people love French fries that restaurants keep re-inventing them.

On average, Americans eat about 29 pounds of French fries per year!

So if you are a business that is not serving fries yet, you may want to reconsider! And if you do, how about some originality in your display? Fries are delicious but if they are presented in a fun way you can be sure your customers will remember and enjoy it and more likely come back.

One of the most original fries serving idea is to do it in Mini Fryer Baskets. Not only your customers will have never seen it before, but it is also extremely convenient and awesome looking. Served as a side in a Wooden Tray with a Greaseproof Paper Liner, French fries have never looked so cool and yummy.

Another great idea that will also set you apart from competition would be to serve your delicious fries in Bamboo or Wooden Cones. Original, and Eco-friendly, fries look just as delicious as they taste! You are also sure to make an impression!
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Don’t forget that even though everyone loves fries, you still have to do everything you can to be different and stay a step ahead of your competitors and here’s your chance to do so!

Check out all of our other Eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com.  

Eco-Friendly Christmas: Host A Green Dinner Party

I don’t know if it is something you are aware of but every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas Americans throw away a million additional tons of garbage. A million! It is huge and unbelievable and yet true.

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Christmas is coming and now that you know that you might want to try to be responsible and as green as possible. Luckily, there are easy ways to go green at Christmas while saving time and money – most of the time.

First of all, most of you get a Christmas tree and who can blame you, it definitely bring the Christmas spirit in your home! Be smart about the kind of tree you get. Most reusable fake trees are not recyclable and very bad for the environment so use a real tree and pay attention to where it is coming from and how it has been grown. When it comes to your house and tree decorations, use natural products as much as possible! You can use flowers, or even make tree decorations with dry fruits.

 

What about the lights? Choose to use LED lights whenever possible. Not only are they more efficient but they also don’t need as much power which will be great for your power bill by the end of the month! Also don’t forget to turn your tree lights off when the room is empty – what’s the point?

Now what about your Christmas party? You are more than likely going to have some people over or host a Christmas gathering and being green is a very important thing.

First of all, try not to send paper invites. At this time where social media is so popular, is a lot cheaper and eco-friendly to send e-invites via emails, Facebook or even cellphones. If you really have to send paper invites, use recyclable paper and consider making them yourself instead of buying them.

You are now going to have to set the table and if you are having a lot of people over, you might not want to use reusable tableware and save yourself some time when the party is over. Don’t worry, there are a lot of eco-friendly disposable options you can choose from!

sugarcane-platesIf you want a classy table, my advice would be to go for compostable sugarcane plates and dishes. Stylish and 100% eco-friendly, they are also very functional as they are sturdy, grease resistant and microwaveable. You can also get matching sugarcane trays and sugarcane bowls depending on what you are going to serve!

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If you are looking for a more natural and rustic look, bamboo plates are definitely your best bet. Natural and biodegradable, they will add a special touch to your table and come in various sizes and shapes. Also grease resistant, microwaveable and leak proof, your guests will love them.

 

As far as the food you are going to serve, keep in mind that going organic is the best eco-friendly option. Many stores offer organic food, wine and beer and as organic products become available in more and more places, prices go down. Choose to serve pitchers of water instead of plastic bottles.

And last but not least, when it comes to gifts try to shop online to save gas and avoid the crowds. If you really have to go to the mall, think about bringing reusable shopping bags and save the earth some trouble. Choose eco-friendly packaging and try not to use wrapping paper as it ends up being a huge waste by the end of the night.

Have a great eco-friendly Christmas and as the French would say, “Joyeux Noël”!

Check out all of our great eco-friendly products at www.packnwood.com

Mini Cups Holders: Great Way To Serve Appetizers

No matter what kind of catering event you are organizing, the use of mini cups – whether it is for desserts, parfaits, appetizers or even tapas – is a must! Not only they are great to serve many different kind of food, but they are also very easy to eat and guests love them. Classy and elegant when they are black or white, original and great for food visibility when they are transparent, the many options available will make you and everybody around happy and excited about tasting all of them. My personal favorite is the transparent green mini cup! A bit more original than a simple clear mini cup thanks to its green color but still very classic and modern its outstanding clarity help food identification and make all appetizers look amazingly delicious. All of these mini cups – regarding the color – are great as they are freezer safe, obviously leak proof and most importantly 100% recyclable. Yes, it is important to be Eco-friendly, especially nowadays. mini-cups Now you might be thinking, all these mini cups are great but isn’t it going to be complicated to transport? The answer is no and here are 3 reasons why they are very convenient to transport everywhere and anywhere:

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  1. First of all, most of them can be used with a lid. You don’t have to worry about your delicious appetizers to overflow anymore! The lid will secure everything and make it safe for you to transport your mini cups.
  2. The second great new is that you can also get mini cup holders and be able to serve plenty of those mini cups at the same time in an elegant and secure way! Great to transport from 4 mini cups up to 24 mini cups, the mini-holder tray is a worry-free way to transport all delicate creations from the kitchen to wherever you event is. Combine with the lids, there is no way anything can go wrong.
  3. Last but not least, you can also get a perfect-fit box with window cover for the mini-cup holders and transport them in a beautiful and practical way. Unique take-out solution, you can’t be disappointed!

Go to www.packnwood.com to check out all those great items!

Compartment Trays, The Perfect Display Solution

Let’s talk about serving food at catering events, parties or even wedding receptions. No matter what type of event you are hosting, you have to think about what kind of appetizer you are going to serve your guests and most importantly, how you are going to serve and display them.

One of the best serving and display solution is the use of compartment trays. By using compartment trays, it is easier to serve food and condiments at the same time while keeping them separate so nothing gets soggy or mixed. It is a practical and stylish addition to any event.

When it comes to compartment trays, your options are endless and you have so much choice – shapes, material, style and design – it can be confusing to choose. Let’s go through a couple of them to try to figure out the one that would work best for you.

palm-leaf-compartment-traysIf you are looking for a natural and rustic look with and nice design, palm leaf compartment trays seems to be an excellent option! Whether you need to serve nachos, tapas, appetizers or desserts, you can find an adapted compartment tray made of palm leaf. From two compartments to seven compartments, palm leaf trays are a creative platter solution! Durable and versatile, they are very Eco-friendly – as they are biodegradable and compostable – and very functional as they are microwaveable.

You might be looking for something more upscale, bamboo compartment dishes are very classy and elegant serving solution.

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Available in black or natural bamboo, with two compartments or three, bamboo compartment trays are leak proof, microwaveable and suitable for any type of food from appetizers to desserts. Natural and durable, they are also the perfect Eco-friendly macaroon and sushi display dish. If you are looking for something that will help your food color pop, a black bamboo compartment plate seems like the best options!

sugarcane-compartment-trayThe last material you need to be aware of when it comes to compartment trays is the very economical and Eco-friendly sugarcane. Chic, elegant and very stylish, it is also one of the cheapest option you can find even though it doesn’t look like it! Microwave safe and grease resistant, sugarcane compartment trays are perfect for food serving no matter what kind of food item your kitchen will prepare.

Great for easy transportation, compartment trays serve your purpose and ensure efficient serving.

Check out all our trays and other products at www.packnwood.com.