Plastic Free Birthday Parties

Plastic Free Birthday Parties

Here at All About Party Bags, we’re used to writing blogs discussing party bags ideas such as pirate themes, or great party ideas for Christmas. However, with all the recent reports and news surrounding climate change and plastic pollution; it begs the question. What can parents do to cut down the amount of single use plastic used during a birthday party? Is a plastic free birthday party possible?

The Problems With Plastic

Plastic pollution and global warming is a major issue in our 21 st century society. Many would argue that climate change is the most serious threat humanity faces as a species. In fact, earlier in 2019 when speaking at MLK Now in New York City, US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “the world will end in 12 years if we don't address climate change”. Then later in the year Greta Thunberg said at the United Nations, "The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say - we will never forgive you."

Plastic pollution and global warming are significant issues that our society faces, and as such, people are constantly taking steps to go plastic free. So what can you and your family do to ‘do your bit’ for the planet and make your children’s birthday parties use as little plastic as possible?

Taking Steps To A Plastic Free Birthday Party

Plastic is so integrated into our daily lives it may at first seem like an impossible task to separate ourselves from plastic; however there are many fantastic alternatives available.

  • Disposable Plastic Cutlery
    Commonly seen at parties, disposable plastic cutlery sets are a great opportunity to reduce the amount of plastic at the party. At first it may seem difficult, after all the convenience of disposable plastic cutlery is very advantageous, as often people don’t have enough reusable cutlery sets to cater for all of the party guests. However, just because you’re aiming for plastic free doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of disposable cutlery products. For example, you could swap the plastic cutlery for recyclable wooden alternatives.

  • Throwaway Party Cups
    When we think of throwaway party cups, the red cups often seen in films and television shows come to mind. These cups, whilst fantastically lightweight and incredibly convenient are a prime example of where you can ditch single-use plastic. Instead of opting for the throw away cups, you could instead choose more resilient alternatives, such as a reusable plastic cup, or better still avoid plastic all together with a drinking container made from a plant-based material such as drinking cups made from bamboo.

    However, if you would like the convenience of a disposal item, you could choose a bio-plastic that is compostable. Various different forms of PLA cups can be used for cold beverages and as they are made from plant based resin, they’re entirely compostable and as such recyclable. This means that whilst the material is still technically a plastic, it’s still a great alternative to single use plastic cups which cannot be recycled.

What Plastic-Free Options Are Available For Party Bags?

  • Wooden Toys As Party Bag Fillers
    Our online party bag shop is filled with lots of awesome wooden party bag ideas. For example, you could add wooden bead rings and bracelets to party bags, or if you’re looking for a wooden game perhaps some of our awesome wooden biff bats ; or finally for an activity we have some fun colour-in face masks made from wood.


  • Plastic Free Party Bags
    Plastic is commonly used for different styles of party bags. Whether it’s a plastic fibre used to make a fabric bag, nylon to make organza style bags, or just your generic plastic goodie bag made from types of plastic such as LLDPE or HDPE. However, you can take a step away from plastic and choose party bags made from a different material.

    For example, not only are our red tartan drawstring bags great value with a funky design, they’re also made from cotton, which means the bags has lots of awesome uses after the party. Cotton is a fantastic material, as not only is it recyclable, but it’s also biodegradable. This means that any cotton fibres that cannot be recycled anymore can instead be composted, not taking up space in rubbish dumps.

For More Party Bag Ideas, Please Visit Our Blog

If you’re looking for more party bags ideas, our blog is filled with lots of great suggestions and advice. For example, if your child loves Disney movies, we have a fantastic list of 3 ideas for Disney birthday parties . Alternatively, if you want to get a head start on next year’s birthday party, for example if your child is turning 10 and you want to make it extra special, we have a great guide to help you do exactly that.

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