Last Saturday I had the pleasure of being invited to the GLAD® One Bag Tailgate held at USC and co-hosted by actress Ali Larter. I had never been to tailgate before and since this is my first one, I think I am pretty spoiled by it and will be hoping my next tailgate (should I ever go to another) is just as swankified.
Food was catered by Heirloom L.A. whose motto is "bring farm to plate" and the entire spread was utterly delicious. Everything was fresh and homegrown, at the same time beautifully presented. Yes, this was at a tailgate. Then you had the compostable plates made from fallen palm leaves and forks made of birch and everything was just so good for the environment.
Then I also had the privilege to get a bit chatty with the lovely Ali Larter. Despite appearing in movies and television, her most important role to her will always be mom to her almost one year old, whom she affectionately calls Teddy. In fact motherhood is what opened her eyes and made her more aware of the need to take care and give back to the environment. We both agreed that when you have a child, your heart just opens up like you have never felt before.
Some simple tips she said that can help us all waste less are using water filter system in your home or Brita pitchers. Her excitement to partner with GLAD® and USC in wasting less came easy because she grew up an avid sports fan thanks to her father. Therefore, an event where everyone usually comes with a lot of goods and leaves with a lot of trash, is the perfect event to get everyone to try to be more eco-conscious and realize what items could be recycled and composted. Also, to get people to make smart eco-friendly purchases based on that criteria of recycling and composting. She also spent some time Saturday afternoon speaking with some local youth about the importance of being eco-friendly and teaching them how to waste less.
And just like most moms out there, Ali even has her own favorite blog reads, which includes everyone's favorite recipe go-to place, Smitten Kitchen. It is fun to know that even celebrities are blog readers!
The event was wonderfully put together and a great start at educating others how to waste less. There were containers where items could be put in and separated based on trash, recyclable, and compostable. Honestly, we do pretty well recycling in our own home, but we have never really thought about composting though Ben has wanted to make a compost bin for our garden. I think we will add that to our to do list because I can think of countless items we throw away that are compostable.
The entire event was thoughtfully put together and all geared towards nothing going to waste. To encourage less waste, GLAD® is also giving away ten $2,000 grants to high schools, so if you know a high school that might be interested, you can get more info here. You can peruse the GLAD® to Waste Less site and get all sorts of tips and information on how you can help the environment one bag at a time!
So tell me, do you have any good tips you do in your own home to help the environment?