The Three R’s


  • Instead of material gifts, focus on experiential or digital gifts.

  • Plan event activities that don’t require material items. 

  • Prepare an appropriate amount of food only as much as you think you need.


  • Decorate with repurposed and reusable items. 

  • For smaller events where food vendors will not be applicable, use reusable dishware. The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center Dish Pantry is an option ( as well as using your own.

  • Encourage guests to bring reusable water bottles. 

  • Bring surplus food home, send home with guests, or donate applicable items. 


  • Compost all food scraps, food-soiled paper, and BPI-certified food serviceware.

  • Recycle all materials that can be.