Follow our eco party-going tips to negotiate the rocky
shores of Christmas and New Year indulgence and you’ll sail through this year’s
festivities with flying colours.
with family and friends
If you’re going to be attending the same party as folks who
live near you, why not put your heads together and work out a designated driver,
public transport plan or taxi share in advance, so you’re not scrambling to
make individual arrangements at the end of the night?
Think ahead and line
your stomach before drinking
Drinking on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster and a
fair few embarrassing photos on Facebook the next morning...
Foods with a high natural fat content, such as sustainable
salmon, mackerel, yoghurt, cheese, nuts, olives, mayonnaise and avocado, help
slow down the rate of digestion in the stomach and therefore slow alcohol
absorption in the bloodstream.
So, if you know the corks at the office party will start
popping at 4pm, don’t rely on an emergency chocolate bar – think ahead and pack
a quick meal of high fat healthy foods to eat beforehand. No photocopier
shenanigans for you!
without ending up green in the morning
Overconsumption is always in the news in the run up to
Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so we won’t go over that well-trodden ground,
except to point you at NHS advice and to recommend the old tip of alternating a glass of water with each
alcoholic drink! Make it tap water instead of bottled for a cheaper, extra eco
As this is a green guide, we’d add an extra piece of
encouragement: cut the carbon footprint of your winter party season by drinking
local brews where possible. Opt for British and European wines and fizz, local
beers and British-distilled spirits.
Artisan British gin – the new local trend
Help with the
Office parties, in particular, tend to develop organically
with no one really taking charge once the glasses start clinking. If you can,
set up a couple of labelled recycling boxes near the drinks table so that glass
bottles and aluminium cans get separated from the rest of the party mess as you
Say yes to leftovers
Generous party hosts will often end up with a tableful of lightly
grazed snacks at the end of the night and begin offering ‘doggy bags’ to the
guests as they leave. Accept anything that takes your fancy, especially if the
food may go to waste otherwise.
>> Toast leftover nuts and add them to curries and
>> Half-eaten bags of crisps, crackers and pretzels
can be frozen for freshness, crushed and used as a tasty crunchy topping for baked
>> Many sandwiches, cakes and puddings can be frozen for
up to three months.
Foods you didn’t know you could freeze
When you get back
If you’ve been drinking, start the rehydration process with
a couple of glasses of tap water before you sink into bed. You’ll thank
yourself in the morning!
The morning after
Thought you were on for a swift couple of drinks and an
early night? The best laid plans, eh?
When suffering the effects of an intense night before,
rehydration is the key. Drink lots of water through the day to get rid of that
headache. Bear in mind that very cold water can ‘shock’ a delicate stomach and
leave you feeling even rougher, so go for a glass of lukewarm tap water or a
peppermint tea initially.
Avoid junk food (and all that excess packaging) – your
body’s already trying to process the ‘junk’ in your system from the night
before. Try something simple and nourishing for breakfast, such as porridge or
a boiled egg.
If your hangover is accompanied by a dicky tummy, no need to
buy expensive rehydration sachets, we can mix up home versions from our kitchen
cupboards that are to all intents and purposes the same (plus zero waste!):
rehydration salts: Dissolve six level teaspoons of sugar and a half level teaspoon
of salt in a litre of warm tap water. Adding a little juice or squash can make
the solution taste more palatable. Sip slowly and take things easy!
How do you handle the perils of the Christmas party season? Share
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