Go Green for 2013

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It’s the end of another year. Time for new resolutions, fresh starts and a great plan for New Year’s eve. Youphil.com brings you some ideas from all over the world for how to celebrate and do good all at once!

If you are looking for a party… go to the Greenhouse in New York City

The first club in New York City to have a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification, a globally acknowledged green building program, the Greenhouse has walls and floors made entirely of bamboo. The electricity for the whole club, including the entire sound system, is 100% wind powered and all lights are LED lights, which vastly reduce energy consumption. Even the staff uniforms are designed by Edun, a company set up to better trade relations with Africa.

This eco-friendly club will be hosting a party with a 5-hour premium open bar and live DJ performances.Ticket prices start at 165 US dollars for general admission. Included in the ticket price is a champagne toast at midnight and eco-friendly party favours to take home. 

If you want a picnic with fireworks...Sydney is the place to be

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney will be hosting a zero waste picnic at the North Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point. The aim is to be able to picnic on delicious food while making sure the environment does not feel impacted. All packaging used for the party is completely biodegradable or recyclable, so you can enjoy a guilt free dinner.

Relish the picnic basket that will be prepared for you with panoramic views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the midnight fireworks. Head over to the Eco bar Bar for some drinks and at the end of the night, take your folding beach chair home with you!

If you want some end of the year island time… head over to the Channel Islands.

The Channel Islands, off the coast of Normandy, will be hosting a Go Green ice party on the skating rink of Guernsey Island's Market Square. Organized by the JT group, the leading telecoms operator in the Channel Islands, the party aims to encourage locals to make greener choices in 2013 and reduce the carbon footprint of the rink.

At 4 pm on 31 Dec. 2012, the ice on the rink will be turned green. Skaters from all walks of life and all age groups are invited to skate the night away, as long as they wear something green! There will be prizes for the best costumes and mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine to warm you up after all that time on the ice.

If you are a fitness freak… join a midnight bike ride in New York City

Time’s Up, a grassroots organization based in Brooklyn, NYC that works to promote greener, pollution free cities, will be hosting a bike ride that starts at 10 pm on 31 Dec. 2012 at Washington Square Park in Manhattan.

Time's Up has been around for almost 20 years, working to educate people about how environmental impacts of everyday living can be reduced and how urban centres can become more sustainable.

Bring your bikes, or your skates if you prefer, and ride all the way to Central Park. If you can’t make it to Washington Square Park, don’t worry. You can easily join the ride at Madison Square Park at 10:20 pm.

If you prefer not to ride, but still support the cause, you can always go to the after party with fireworks at Belvedere Castle, Central Park, where the ride will end. Just remember it’s pot luck style – so bring some drinks and snacks to share!

If you want to add a personal touch... volunteer your time

Start your new year by giving more of your time. Head over to the soup kitchen in your local community and help prepare, cook and serve up a hot meal.

If you are in France, you can head over to any of the Restaurants du coeur, more popularly known as Restos du coeur (i.e. restaurants of the heart). The charity, set up in 1985 in Paris to distribute food packages and hot meals to the needy, now has 113 departmental organizations all over the country. Pick the one closest to you and make your way over. You'll not only be a part of your community in a whole new way, but you'll also get to help make someone else's new year a little more special! 

If you want something quiet but not too quiet… host your own green party 

It sounds easier than you think. Start with food and snacks from your local farmer's market. If it’s organic, it’s even better. Add some organic wine to your party must-haves. The Organic Wine Company, based in San Francisco has a great selection to choose from. Their wines are grown on family vineyards in the south of France and then imported in to the U.S. If you’re not based in San Francisco, don’t worry. You can place your order online.

For eco-friendly, recyclable and compostable tableware, order your party supplies from Susty Party. A registered B-Corporation, the company has a wide selection of goods you can order online and offers free ground shipping for orders over 50 dollars.

For the final touch, you can have a little collection pot where all guests contribute a small amount to be donated to a charity. Play some games and the winner decides which organization the donation will go to.

Photo Credit: Flickr/mazaletel

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