Details and Decor

“Eco-Schwag”

How many times have you walked into an event and been handed a gift bag only to throw out everything inside when you get home? There are two problems intertwined with gift bags and accompanying trinkets people don’t want or need. First, it is a waste of resources and second, it is a waste of your money. Reconsider what party favors, if any, you are distributing to guests. Is it something they will use or value? Is it durable and reusable? If there is an oversupply, can you use it at subsequent events?

If you do insist on gift bags, research whether there are greener options available. Tote bags provide guests with a useful shopping tote that can reduce the need for plastic bags, meanwhile acting as a branded advertising opportunity for your company or organization. Other options to consider include coffee mugs, pint glasses, t-shirts, or keychains. There are a host of party favors that actually have a useful life long after the event. Be sure to find out if your product can be made of recycled materials

LOCAL

Advertising Specialty Services
402 East Montogmery Crossroads
Savannah, Georgia 31406
Phone: 912-920-4901, Fax: 912-920-0435
www.adspecialtyservices.com

Celebritees
1014 Atlantic Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 912-233-9941, Fax: 912-233-9942
www.celebritees.net

Spectrum Printing and Marketing, Inc
P.O. Box 30608
Savannah, Georgia 31410
Phone: 912-897-7228 , Fax: 912-897-0154
www.spectrum.tm/promotional_items/green

ONLINE

Hundreds of online retailers sell ‘green’ promotional items. There is an environmental (as well as economic) benefit to purchasing promotional material locally rather than having them shipped in from an online source, but if you cannot find what you are looking for locally, be sure to seek out the greenest possible product from an online source.

Green Printing and Signage (non-vinyl)

The amount of trees sacrificed in the name of event promotion is staggering. Fortunately the industry has grown to a point where all flyers, invitations, post cards, and signs can now all be produced on recycled paper. When you are talking with printers, simply request 100% post-consumer fiber to ensure your invites have the lowest environmental impact. Want to go even further? Request soy-based inks, produced from soybeans rather than petroleum. They are also better for printers since they release fewer fumes during production.

Many events need signage to recognize sponsors, showcase causes, and provide direction to guests. Traditionally, these signs are vinyl-based PVC, which are hard to recycle and have been shown to release carcinogens during production. Fortunately, a cost effective green solution exists for these as well. Bamboo signage is now available and looks just like the traditional vinyl signs but without the associated environmental impacts. Make sure to explore this option with your printing vendor.

Accurate Lithography
43 Goethe Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-757-2612
www.accuratelithography.com

With over 60 years of printing experience, Accurate Lithograph has the largest five-color press between Charleston and Savannah, printing with only soy-based ink on their off press. All jobs – large and small are welcome. They also offer mailing and and digital printing services.

Image is Everything
223 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 888-495-9222
www.imageiseverything.net

Image is Everything is a full service, high-quality digital printing company that specializes in offset lithography, large and grand format and digital printing services. They use low VOC inks for all print projects and even offer paper recycling to the public.

The Kennickell Group
1700 East President Street
Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: 912-233-4532
www.kennickell.com

Kennickell has recently been approved for certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, indicating the company prints on paper that is certified as “environmentally friendly” through the entire paper production process, from the forest to the end user. The company says it’s the largest paper recycler in Savannah and recycles an average of 40 tons of paper each month, in addition to an average of 2,000 pounds of aluminum.

La Paperie
409 Whitaker Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-443-9349
www.lapaperie.net

From stationery to journals as well as perfect gifts for the bride or mother-to-be, La Paperie is a unique addition to Savannah ‘s shopping experiences. The Neah Bay Douglas collection features hand-pressed botanicals on handmade papers as well as letterpress printing. For those wanting personalization, La Paperie carries numerous monogram items including notecards, embossers, stamps, and even wax seals. Many recycled paper options are available.

Spanish Moss
501 East Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Phone: 912-234-8808
www.spanishmossprinting.com

Spanish Moss Printing is protecting the environment through recycling paper and the use of soy-based inks. They replaced petroleum-based inks which makes it easier to recycle printed paper. A great selection of 100% post-consumer recycled paper is available to complete a environment-friendly printing job.

Biodegradable Supplies

As mentioned on page 14, it is best to employ reusable glassware, napkins, linens, and utensils whenever possible. The next best option is biodegradable since most serving ware contaminated with food is not able to be recycled. Biodegradable options exist for all your foodservice needs and guests will not notice the difference. Instead of sitting in a landfill for thousands of years, biodegradable supplies (often made from starches from corn, potato, or similar) are able to break down in less than three months once they hit the landfill.

Dade Paper
Phone: 800-226-3233
www.dadepaper.com/greensafe

Dade Paper offers a wide range of recyclable and biodegradable supplies, including plates, utensils, cups, napkins, and more made from bamboo, sugars, corn, and recyclable plastics. They can also provide green cleaning supplies.

Reusable Glassware

Acknowledging convenience, using and tossing plastic cups creates an exorbitant amount of waste. Even if plastic cups are recycled, it takes more energy and water to recycle those materials into new products than it does to wash and dry real glassware.

Not to mention that most plates, forks, and other food-contaminated supplies cannot be recycled and must be thrown away. Glassware is a nice touch and there are a multitude of local suppliers for reusable serving supplies. If your chosen caterer cannot provide them, try contacting one of the companies listed.

Classic Party Rentals
8115 Waters Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31406
Phone: 912-927-2666
www.savannah.classicpartyrentals.com

In Any Event
709 Stephenson Avenue
Savannah, Georgia 31405
Phone: 912-691-1940
www.inanyeventsav.com

Savannah Special Events
1200 West Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31415
Phone: 912-944-6200
www.savannahspecialevents.com

Energy Efficient Lighting/Supplies

If specialty lighting is required to create ambiance and mood at your event, avoid inefficient incandescent lighting. Fluorescent and LED (light emitting diode) lighting can cut energy usage by over 75%. They can be dimmed, colored, shaded – nearly anything you can do with an incandescent lamp you can do with an LED or fluorescent bulb. Not every lighting or audiovisual company has these capabilities, but start with one of the companies below to explore your options for more energy-efficient lighting.

Advanced Audio/Visual Rentals
2700 Gregory Street #270
Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: 912-232-9920
www.a-vrentals.com

Stage Front Presentation Systems
6 Southern Oaks Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31405
Phone: 912-236-1345
www.sfps.com

Centerpieces

Vast amounts of money and effort go into creating beautiful centerpieces that only end up in the trash when the party is over. Instead, think about using potted living plants, which attendees can take home at the end of the night. This option provides an unexpected perk for the attendees who will then have an ongoing memory of the event. This has been done successfully at weddings, awards ceremonies, and everything in between.

Get creative with the plants. Many herbs are beautiful and durable and can easily be transplanted into a garden. There are some companies that focus on these types of arrangements and most shops could do the trick. If you’re a DIY, simply visit a garden store and pick up attractive pots and some plants. A second option is reusable, rented centerpieces, such as candles or glassware. All you’ve got to do is turn them back in and you have eliminated waste.

Green Cleaning and Janitorial

When clean-up time rolls around, why ruin all your greening efforts by unleashing bleaching agents and toxic chemicals in your clean up process? The key here is to implement a green cleaning program for the event, which is really a lot simpler than it may seem. First off, ditch the standard cleaning chemicals which are loaded with volatile organic compounds and other toxins. Opt instead for cleaners that are natural and bear the “GreenSeal” certification.

Any commercial brand of cleaner produces a GreenSeal labeled version – you simply need to work with the janitorial staff to find one on their list. If you’re bringing your own supplies, swing by Publix, Kroger, Target, or Fresh Market, all of which carry multiple lines of green cleaning products such as Seventh Generation and Method. And when reaching for soaps to wash the dishes, again look for biodegradable soaps, also available from many brands including Method and Seventh Generation.

Saved by the Belles Cleaning and Concierge
Phone: (912) 373-8616
www.bellesinsavannah.com

Provide non-toxic residential cleaning services and also provide errand services for busy individuals. Cleaning service is available on a weekly, biweekly, or on a monthly basis. Concierge services include grocery shopping, gift shopping, party set up and clean up, and more.

The Savannah Soap Company
12324 Largo Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31419
Phone: 912.335.1538
www.thesavannahsoapco.com

The Savannah Soap Company is the only green laundromat facility and largest retailer of natural and organic soaps in the nation.

David’s Dry Cleaning
www.davidsdrycleaners.com

Multiple Locations:
640 East President Street
Phone: 912-232-8181

4519 Habersham Street
Phone: 912-352-1155

609 E Montgomery Crossroad
Phone: 912-925-7301

471 Pooler Parkway
Phone: 912-748-6808

Pickup & Delivery: 912-631-8808

David’s Dry Cleaners is owned and operated by David Reeves. A Savannah resident for over 35 years, David purchased a dry cleaning business in 1990 and successfully ran for sixteen years. In 2006, desiring a more eco-conscious facility, he began David’s Dry Cleaners. He built his state-of-the-art dry cleaning plant that utilizes EPA-approved detergents and an environmentally friendly dry cleaning solvent.

GREEN EVENT PLANNERS

Instead of searching through each category, why not call someone who has already started implementing green practices into their own operations and events?

The Detail Department
Tammy Ray
Phone: 912-604-1267
www.thedetaildepartment.com

Saved by the Belles Cleaning and Concierge
Phone: (912) 373-8616
www.bellesinsavannah.com

Provide non-toxic residential cleaning services and also provide errand services for busy individuals. Cleaning service is available on a weekly, biweekly, or on a monthly basis. Concierge services include grocery shopping, gift shopping, party set up and clean up, and more.

Simply Savannah Events
Layla Mayville
Phone: 912-596-7104
www.simplysavannahevents.com

Whether you want to incorporate local wines, serve a completely organic menu, or use eco-friendly invitations, Simply Savannah Events is prepared to offer many options for you. Check out their blog for a list of green vendors.

Primping

Local spas, bath shoppes, and cosmetics boutiques can help you go green from first stages of dressing for your event.

Pretty Woman Day Spa
23 Plantation Park Drive # 302
Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
Phone: 843-815-2200
www.prettywomandayspa.com

All day spa services use natural and organic products. Some of the products are local and others are fair trade products that provide sustainable livelihoods for women of other countries. They also provide green beauty services for brides, such as hair and makeup.

Nourish
202 West Broughton Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 912-232-3212
www.nourishsavannah.com

Nourish insists on using only the highest quality blend of skin moisturizing ingredients to not only cleanse the skin but also improve its health and vitality – free of the chemicals, detergents, mineral oils, surfactants, and parabens that harm our bodies and our planet.

See Jane
323 West Broughton Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 912-234-1080
www.seejaneshop.com

ATTIRE

The age-old struggle with what to wear is made easier with fashionable, sustainable selections from the following local boutiques, designers, and trendy thrift stores.

THRIFT/VINTAGE

ARC
6 West State Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 912-234-1175
www.shop-arc.com

Civvies
22 East Broughton Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 912-236-1551
www.civviesclothes.com

BOUTIQUE

Custard
422 Whitaker Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 912-232-4733
www.custardboutique.com

CUSTOM DESIGNS

Haberdashery
311 West Broughton Street, Studio 1
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 910-840-2160
www.www.habsav.com.com

ACCESSORIES

Add the perfect touch to any evening vestments with accessories from the following designers, who utilize found objects for a truly “upcycled” product. Options available for women or men

Brazen Design Group (Upcycled Jewelry)
Phone: 912-272-9410
www.brazendesigngroup.etsy.com

Meredith Sutton Jewelry
www.meredithannesutton.com