Waste free party tips

David and Gabby Locke and the Entire Tech team receiving their Switched on Business Award from City of Armadale Mayor and Chairperson of the South East Regional Energy Group, Ruth Butterfield. They were joined by Cr Aaron Adams (City of Gosnells / SEREG delegate), City of Melville Business Development Advisor Stuart Tomlinson and Sustainability Engagement Officer Jess Sutherland. Photo credit: City of Melville. 

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.