Last year, more than 111 million watched the New York Giants best the New England Patriots for a second time in Super Bowl XLVI. That also meant millions of Super Bowl parties around the world and an increase in waste and recyclables generated.
“A Super Bowl party is a great opportunity to shape some green habits,” said Justin Caporusso, public affairs manager for Waste Management. “There can be a cost savings to it, too.”
As you and your friends and family prepare to judge this year’s crop of Super Bowl commercials and/or watch which Harbaugh team prevails, consider the following:
6 simple and easy Super Bowl party green tips
I. Carpool — If you’re hosting a party or going to one, encourage ride sharing, especially if parking is limited.
II. Buy in bulk — Whether it’s snacks or drinks, go for less packaging. One two-liter bottle is almost three 12-ounce cans.
III. Finger foods — When someone can grab and munch, that typically means fewer plates and utensils. For those who prefer to eat their pizza or hamburger with a fork and knife, bring out the silverware and china.
IV. Two-container (or three-container) system – One for trash, one for bottles and cans and, if available in your area, one for food waste. If given recycling options, most folks will use it.
V. Support local products — Whether it’s a microbrew from down the street or homemade salsa from the farmers market, buying local helps reduce carbon emissions.
VI. Television reuse — If you finally decided to upgrade your TV, consider donating your old one to charity or to any college student living in the dorms. And don’t forget to recycle the cardboard box that the new one came in.
“Regardless of which team wins the Super Bowl, we’re all winners if we’re able to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Caporusso. “The more materials we can recycle, the greater the impact on saving Earth’s precious resources.”
Waste Management, based in Houston, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. To learn more, visit http://wm.com.