Think back to the last children’s party you attended; once the fun and games were over and all of the children had scampered off home what was left behind? If the answer is wrapping paper, cardboard plates, plastic and packaging you are not alone. Every year thousands of tonnes of plastic toys, batteries and unrecyclable wrapping paper are taken to landfill and can take over 500 years to break down.
As we become more aware of environmental issues within our own lives, sometimes it is easy to forget to apply that eco-savvy to our children as well. Parents looking to become more environmentally conscious shoppers should take a look at ethicalcommunity.com, a new online marketplace where users can browse from thousands of products, learn about the item's provenance, and then buy directly from eco-seller themselves.
It might surprise you just how much making a few small changes can dramatically reduce your environmental impact without making any compromises on fun or cost. With this in mind we bring you our top five tips for having an eco-friendly children’s party.
No more paper plates
As tempting as it can be to sweep everything into the wheelie bin after a children’s soireé , eco-savvy parents should make the switch from disposable to reusable. Use ceramic plates, bowls and cutlery over their paper disposable alternatives, as a one-off dishwasher load is certainly easier to manage than scraping paper plates clean enough to recycle. For extra brownie points take a look at Eko Earth Products whose stylish range of tableware is made from the by-product of bamboo and is fully biodegradable.
Home cooking is always best, so bake the birthday cake yourself using local Organic and Fairtrade ingredients and avoid all the unnecessary packaging and cost that comes with shop-bought food.
Ditch the goodie bags
Does any child really need another paper hat or tub of bubbles? Experience based parties such as a trip to the zoo or pottery making leave a lasting memory, which doesn’t get lost at the bottom of the toy box. If you are a traditionalist and are determined to give out goodie bags then why not consider switching to a re-usable gift bag and filling it with sustainable and natural goodies.
Use natural candles
Candles made with beeswax are naturally fragrant, nontoxic, soot-free, and non-allergenic. They’re completely renewable and require little, if any, additives which makes them a great alternative to Paraffin wax candles.
Lose the wrapping
Spending money on wrapping paper which is only going to be torn up and thrown away is not only a waste, but the glitter, laminate and dyes used in most wrapping paper prevents it from being recycled. instead why not make the wrapping part of the gift itself by wrapping it in a Myfuroshiki fabric gift wrap, a fun and affordable take on the Japanese art of Furoshiki (cloth wrapping). Meaning no wrapping, no tape, no waste and no guilty conscience for you!.