Party with a con­science

Cel­e­brate with­out caus­ing any dam­age that lasts longer than a hang­over.

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - News -

Ki­tiya Palaskas knows how to have fun. The Mel­bourne-based au­thor of Piñata Party has made gi­ant fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions in the shape of roller­skates, cock­tails and a don­key (“it was so big you could ac­tu­ally sit on it,” she says).

As a pro­fes­sional party-starter, Palaskas is an ex­pert at hav­ing a good time, but she’s also aware that the prac­tice could more eco-friendly. Her sus­tain­able party ser­vice side­lines dis­pos­able wares and the waste­ful side of cel­e­brat­ing.

Con­sult Palaskas (ki­tiya­ and she’ll be ready with her set-ups, retro and re­us­able props, stylish serv­ing ware and colour­ful dec­o­ra­tions.

She has plenty of green tips: use hon­ey­comb balls, pa­per gar­lands and fresh flow­ers rather than bal­loons (the CSIRO re­gards them as one of the big­gest threats to marine life), and if you’re go­ing to stuff a piñata be­fore joy­ously smash­ing it open, go for “pa­per over metal­lic con­fetti and glit­ter – al­ways”.

In other party news, this was the year that plas­tic straws started vanishing from bars. In Aus­tralia, The Last Straw worked with 474 venues to pre­vent 20 mil­lion straws from end­ing up in drinks. In Au­gust this year, the Syd­ney Opera House went plas­tic-straw free, which will re­sult in mil­lions of straws be­ing di­verted from land­fill and oceans an­nu­ally.

Billy Crellin, an artist at Ade­laide’s

Jam Fac­tory ( jam­fac­, has his own so­lu­tion: colour­ful tubes made from glass. “The tech­nique is so old that peo­ple in Ger­many have the last name ‘tube­maker’,” he says. (That’s Röhrer, if you’re won­der­ing.)

Look­ing around at the world’s sus­tain­able cel­e­bra­tions, the use of plas­tic uten­sils, cups and plates will be phased out in

France by 2020.

And from Ja­pan, the Wasara table­ware range, which is made from fully com­postable sug­ar­cane fi­bre, can hold hot food and liq­uids for up to six hours be­fore soft­en­ing. It’s an el­e­gant up­grade on age-old green party tips, such as on writ­ing your name on a plas­tic cup (epi­cure­trad­

Wasara table­ware from Epi­cure Trad­ing. Glass straws from JamFac­tory. Stock­ists p168.

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