Parties can be a huge source of waste, from disposable plates and cutlery to wrapping paper, present packaging and unwanted toys. Here are some tips to reduce the environmental impact of your child’s party.
- Use reusable plates, cups and bowls (you could even purchase a kit with reusable cutlery and crockery and share it amongst your friends, school or local community group).
- Don’t use balloons – They easily escape to create litter and are mistaken for food by animals. Balloons can be replaced with reusable fabric bunting.
- Avoid plastic wrap by placing party food in reusable lidded containers or use beeswax wraps.
- Juice boxes are common at parties but are not recyclable. Buy large bottles of juice and use reusable cups.
- Have a Fiver party – Instead of presents that create clutter and waste you can gently suggest that if attendees wish to give a gift they give $5 and a card to allow the birthday child to buy their own present. This can also reduce stress and expense for the parents who need to buy the gifts.
- Wrap presents in reused paper or fabric.
- Use paper bags for party bags and include unwrapped lollies or cardboard favours.