Thanks goes to Josie for writing to us and saying; "For my daughter Indy's 6th birthday, we did it completly rubbish free, The goodie bags and prizes consisted of homemade bags made from material scraps from the op-shop, small pansys in old cat food containers - they look lovely and the tins just get recycled when the season ends.Dancing sticks made from branches, a small loop screw and ribbon, we plaited coloured string into their hair, they decorated their own cupcakes, you can also put some sunflower seeds into little bags for them to grow, make your own badges, collect pretties from the op shop to use as prizes. HAVE FUN!"
If possible, it is a great idea to borrow cutlery and plates and afterwards settle in for a bit of washing up. This obviously avoids the landfill waste of traditional disposable plates as well as the energy consumed in their production.
If disposable is the only option for you then check out these potato plates, they also sell cutlery made from potato starch and are a great party talking point!
For more biodegradable items such as rubbish-bin liners and straws visit
Provide separate bins for guests to dispose of rubbish so that you can re-home later on.
We threw a rubbish free party for over a 100 people without any rubbish. We got a wonderful keg of Organic Pilsner from Harringtons Brewery, cases of wine from Villa Maria and a few extra from Richmond Plains (organic vineyard). Both of these vineyards package their wine with completely recyclable material.
Consider having a dipping bowl with hand towel instead of napkins, guests have loved it at parties we’ve thrown.
Biodegradeable products such as straws could be worth considering but you might want to read what we say about biodegradeable plastic first.
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