By Fredrica Syren
Our beautiful baby girl turned six years old last week. I still can’t believe she is the same tiny baby who struggled so much with jaundice and weight loss the first month of her life due to a somewhat early birth. Now she is a confident little girl with a mind of her own who loves dancing, dressing up, dolphins and all kinds of berries. She is very nurturing and caring.
Of course we needed to have a birthday bash to celebrate Bella, but it’s a difficult task to accomplish and still create minimal impact on the environment. Luckily, we don’t go overboard on birthday parties but, still, parties do come with tons of trash, etc. To do our best, we used paper plates and cups made from recyclable materials and, except for a dip, all the food — including the gluten free, vegan carrot cupcakes with pink frosting — was bought at the farmers market. We served cupcakes, a homemade pumpkin bar, fresh fruits and cut up veggies with a homemade vegan ranch dressing. Bella chose the menu and, again, I’m lucky she is so down-to-earth. She does not care if her presents are small or large or even if they are used. She just loves spending time with her friends and family, and having a cupcake.
So this is what we like to do to minimize our carbon footprint during a birthday celebration:
· Use paper plates, napkins and cups made from recyclable materials
· Make the food ourselves
· Buy food from our local farmers market
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