It's Sunday and I know I should be posting fabulous links for you to check out, but instead I am going to ask you for links. You see, I am in a bit of a quagmire and need help. One of the non-profit committees I serve on is planning a fundraiser selling ice cream at the county fair. I like ice cream, it's July, hopefully it will be hot and we'll make lots of money. That's all well and good; however, when I started going through the supply list my predicament began.
- Paper Towels (8-10 pkg) - 6 packs
- Napkins (4 pkgs - white) cheapest ones - 10 packs
- Spoons (white plastic - 500 count) - 10 boxes
- Disinfectant Wipes (pkgs of 3) - 5 packs
- Rubber Gloves (*the plastic ones do not work with ice cream* - 2 pk containers) - about 5
- 8 oz Styrofoam cups (used for ice cream when customer doesn't want a cone) - 6 boxes
- 12 oz Styrofoam cups (for malts) - about 6 boxes
- 16 oz Styrofoam cups (for Root Beer floats) - about 6 boxes
- 2 cardboard signs (Markers to write the menu on)
- 409 Spray (To wash off tables and counter)
- Water - depending on weather. Last year we went through 120 (24 pack) cases.
Reading through this I could feel my pulse quicken. My heart began to race and I think I even broke a sweat. Ever item on that list makes me cringe!
5,000 plastic spoons!
12,000 Styrofoam cups!
2,880 plastic water bottles!
You see my predicament?
I need a cost effective, more environmentally friendly supply list so I can fulfill my obligation without compromising my beliefs. HELP!
I am looking for paper cups, wooden spoons, compostable, biodegradable, recycled, anything! They need to be fairly cheap. I know that eco-friendly products cost more and I am willing to pay the price, but I am only one on a committee and this is a fundraiser. Higher costs = less profit. If the price is too much over the current list I will surely get shot down. Just talking them into recycling bins for the water bottles was a challenge.
I have been scouring the internet without much luck, so I thought I would throw out a Superhero SOS, in hopes that one of you have been through this already and may know of a resource to use. Anyone?