Children’s parties usually take a huge amount of planning and preparation work, from the invite list through to the party bag fillers. So much work goes into the smaller details but one thing that is often overlooked is what happens after the party. Hosting the party at home will inevitably involve a big clean-up party in the aftermath of the party but how much thought has gone into disposing of waste and trying to ensure the party is as eco-friendly as possible?
Due to the nature of parties for children and the catering, games, wrapping paper etc. they can generate a lot of waste. If you are looking for a way to help the environment and host an eco-friendly children’s party then read on.
1. Use biodegradable balloons
Balloons, either ones that blow away or ones that get put into landfill as rubbish can cause a lot of issues. Animals often mistake them for food and this leads to death when the balloons are consumed. They can also cause animals to get tangled up or block their airways, so balloons are a huge danger. That is why it is better to get ones that are biodegradable to reduce the risks as much as possible.
2. Eco-friendly party bags
It is a similar situation with party bags and the materials of standard party bags are harmful to the environment. Buying biodegradable party bags or materials that are recyclable or reusable is the most eco-friendly option. Similarly, you should also make sure to incorporate green party bag fillers.
3. Send email/online invitations
Traditional paper invitations might look nice but it is a lot more eco-friendly to send online invitations, either by email, Facebook invitation, or even text message. It doesn’t mean that you can’t send attractive, well-designed invitations; it just means that you send them through Internet-based methods. It also means that you do not have to wait for RSVPs to come back and you can remind people through the relevant channel rather than relying on kids to take them home from school to their parents.
4. No disposable cutlery
Plastic plates and cutlery are often bought and used for a few minutes during a party then thrown away. This makes them particularly bad for the environment when you take into account how much use you get out of them. Of course, you can get ones that are biodegradable these days, which is much better for the environment.
5. Food compost
If you are throwing the party at home then you can prepare for there being lots of food waste by setting up a food compost to dispose of all of the food that is left over. Good planning around how much food to buy will help to reduce the food waste. You can also send people home with some of the food if you have lots remaining after the party or you can go round to your neighbours to ask them if they want some.
Or you can get creative in the kitchen and use it for ingredients for food the next day! It is relatively easy to set up a food compost, but you need to know which items you can put onto a food compost, for example, dairy products and meats should not be added as they can attract rodents. Fruits and vegetables are fine, as are eggshells, bread, pasta, rice, chips and plenty of other foods that are typically served at parties. You can use a compost food list to check whether you are okay to put the food item into the food compost.