Eco-Chic Party Essentials

recycled bottles : bamboo serving trays : cork tray : coasters ecochic spring party ideas

As more and more people are concerned with what is happening to the environment, many are looking for party ideas on how to throw an eco-friendly party. Recycling things makes a huge difference. With a little bit of imagination, you can find new purposes to used objects.

So instead of heading to the store for new stuff, hunt the flea market to dig vintage tabletop items and home accessories. Throwing an eco-chic party is an excellent way to persuade your friends that they can both live in style and care for the environment.

And you are not limited to the rustic look anymore. I found items that rock. I selected four eco-friendly products and an eco-friendly idea to help you prove your case to your friends on Earth Day.


Corks can also protect your tables and countertops from hot pots and pans. Martha Stewart designed a cork trivet. You will need about 50 for a medium sized trivet. Use corks as a holder for the table place cards, to display the cheese tags for the cheese platter.

The bended Cork Tray looks pretty cool. Designed and developed for Branch, the Cork Tray is a more sustainable version of Urbana Design’s bended plywood tray. A big advantage of using cork, the top creates a non-skid surface.


The Golden Brown Serving Trays are by Bambu, the maker of Veneerware. The trays are 100% organically-grown bamboo, with non-toxic adhesive and natural food-safe wood oil.

I introduced Veneerware last October as the most stylish eco-friendly disposable dishes. I still think that.

Recycled Glass Dishes

The rustic charm of the Del Sol green tinted bottles comes from used glass containers. The glass is shaped in molds and then, embellished with rustic seams and thick rims. These 32 oz. stoppered bottles can be used for dressings, oils, vinegars, lemonade, ice tea and water.

The bad news for North American tree huggers is that the Del Sol tableware collection is made in Spain. Old glass bottles, bowls and plates can be found at the flea market.

Recycled Tires

Some items can be fun like the Six-Pack Coasters made of recycled tires. The package-storage is quite ingenious. Inspired by the conventional 6-pack, simply pop out each individual coaster for use. When finished, pop it back into its handy “ring” for storage. The Six-Pack Coasters are handmade by JoshJakus in Oakland, California.

How to: Cork trivet on Martha Stewart
Buy online: del sol recycled bottles at Sundance Catalog price: $25 USD for 3
Buy online: Serving Trays: Golden Brown by Bambu – price: $22 USD sm, $42 lg
Buy online: Cork Tray at Branch – price: $150 USD
Buy online: Six-Pack Coasters by JoshJakus – price:$18 USD

  • letrodectus
    April 8, 2008 at 12:41

    I absolutely love your blog! I’m new here, but I have already found so many inspiring things! Keep up the great work 🙂

  • Area Rugs
    April 8, 2008 at 17:34

    Absolutely great post. A lot of people preach about being environmentally friendly, but this is not just theory but a simple practical application that anyone can do. Thanks.

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