We recently has some friends over for dinner. Our first dinner party since going zero waste and it was quite a breeze (and in expensive!). Now that our dinning room is fully equipped with cloth napkins, refillable water bottles, and glass bottled condiments, there’s no need for use to produce a lot of waste just to have guests over.
We had a vegetarian menu due to our friend’s dietary choice. And we were happy to make a healthy meals to share without meat products. Everyone was satisfied and the most important part was being together.
// Menu //
- Starter: Guacamole – 2x avocado, ½ tomato, ¼ red onion, salt & pepper, vegan tortillas chips and oregano filled crackers
- Side: Salad with lettuce, spinach, red and green peppers, onions, radish, dried fruit & nut mix
- Main: “Pizza” – focaccia bread, goat cheese, red and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, honey, and olive oil
- Dessert: Mango plus 1 mango mousse, 1 chocolate mousse, chocolate covered raisins, coconut flakes, and some coffee
// Drinks //
- Water from our Brita On-Tap Filter
- Large Beers in refillable bottles
I went to a few different stores to get everything that I wanted to make for the party. Since they were in walking distance I was able to save time. I made sure to choose things that we could affordable purchase for 4 people, but still make a delicious meal.
If you’re local to Barcelona, here’s where I shopped for everything:
- Agricola Mau – fruit & veggies shop (they are plastic free!)
- Woki Organic Market – focaccia bread, chips, and crackers
- Biopassio – olive oil, coconut flakes, and chocolate covered raisins
- La Bodega del Sol – 2 large glass bottles beers from Espiga Beer
Our table settings
- Natura Casa – beautiful linen napkins
- H&M Conscious Collection – linen tablecloth (also available in US)
- Habitat – ceramic plates
- Culinarium – glasses
- Cutlery is from our already furnished apartment
// Waste Produced //
Because I purchased some products in glass, we have new jars and bottles for the house that we can reuse again and again. It’s a great way to increment your collection or jar, without having to purchase something extra.
- Compost: veggie ends, mango skins, compostable bags from chocolate and coconut
- Recycle: focaccia bread packaging, chips and cracker packaging
- Reuse: 2 small glass jars from the mousse, 2-1L refillable beer bottles
- Waste: We do clean up with our dishwasher. It’s not a compromise we are willing to make right now to do everything by hand. 🙂
Have you had a zero waste dinner party recently? What tips can you offer? Let me know in the comments!
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