Chances are, you (like us) cringe at the amount of plastic you have to dispose of after using one-use tableware at your summer soirees. And yes, it’s most definitely disheartening to realize that Americans produce, per the latest statistics, 251 million tons of waste per year.
That’s a lot of trash.
But we get it: Sustainable products are ugly, expensive, and hard to clean. But what if we told you we had options to fix all of those common issues? Ahead, check out the reusable and compostable, eco-friendly options for your next backyard party that look good and won’t break the bank. Just don’t blame us if you want to buy them all.
Portia Wine Glass, Anthropologie, $20
Think a reusable wine glass has to be made of cheap plastic or cost over $100? Uh, nope. This one is hand painted, and incorporates a pale blue hue that’ll really stand out. Try buying napkins in the same shade for a monochrome look.
60-Count Silver Cutlery, Target, $5
60 pieces of silverware for $5? We’re not kidding. Glam enough to upgrade even the most mundane get-together, this flatware set is compostable and reusable—just stick it in the dishwasher.
Reusable Pre-Cut Napkins, Roll of 20, Zara Home, $17.90
The problem with reusable napkins is they sometimes seem to look cheap. But not these ones from Zara Home, which are good for up to five washes. They’re also available in a variety of colors so that you can mix and match depending on your mood.
Stainless Steel Straws, Set of 4, Crate & Barrel, $6.95
Plastic straws are some of the worst things for the environment, and we understand the texture of paper ones might be a little funky—but these sleek metal ones are perfect, with a slight bend at the top that make sipping a breeze.
Herb Garden Coasters, Rifle Paper. Co., $14
Full disclosure: We’re in love with the founder of Rifle Paper Co., whose playful home is entertaining goals. So naturally, we had to suggest these reusable coasters, which boast a gorgeous and intricate floral-inspired print.
Compostable Wooden Assorted Tableware, 12-Piece, Birchware, $5.95
If you can’t fathom the idea of washing hundreds of knives and forks post a big bash, feel better about your choices by purchasing compostable flatware. Made without bleaches, dyes, or glazes, this super minimalist set composts in less than 60 days.
Crinkle Bowls, CB2, $6.95
These cupcake-holder shaped bowls are so fun, and add a playful edge to any party. Store everything from snacks to dips in these vessels, and wait for the compliments to roll in. They’re also completely dishwasher-safe, so cleaning them is a total breeze.
Round Wooden Plate, 7.4 Inches, 10-Piece, Bio & Chic, $2.98
These natural wood plates are easily washable, and come in a set of 10 for less than $3. Because of their sleek look, they will also go with any and all party accessories you decide to pair them with.
Wasara Bowl, Need Supply Co., $11
We’ve already sung the phrases of Need Supply Co., a super stylish new brand selling everyday essentials for under $25. This set of eight compostable bowls are a classic, and they’re stackable as well, making for easy storage. Buy several, and stock up!
Poplin Napkin, CB2, $3.95
Super lightweight and made with the finest cotton, this under $5 napkin comes in several hues, and is both highly durable and machine washable for ultimate dinner party ease.
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