Have you already eliminated most single-use plastics in your day-to-day life? Try taking your plastic free challenge to the next level and hosting low waste events that are single-use plastic free.
Swapping balloons and other single-use plastic party decorations for reusable and eco alternatives is a great way to reduce your impact and inspire others to do the same. Homemade decorations can save money and the resources needed to manufacture and transport them. They can also be reused over and over. Some ideas include bunting, tassels, and tissue pom poms. You can use scrap fabric, scrap paper, newspaper, tissue paper, or children’s artwork to create decorations. You can also use lanterns, fresh flowers, string lights, and more for many occasions. Friends and neighbors are a great source of reusable decorations or materials for that homemade creation. Before buying anything, simply put the word out and see what you can borrow.
Want to send guests home with a favor or goodie bag? Choose options like art supplies (crayons, chalk, colored pencils), games (cards, dice, dominoes), seeds, plants, secondhand books, or homemade playdough. Don’t forget to think outside the box when it comes to packaging your goodies. Try using secondhand baskets or bags or consider making your own. Glass jars can be decorated and work well for a variety of items too.