Celebrate plastic free is easy! Whether you're a host or a guest, you can avoid a lot of plastic waste at parties and celebrate sustainably. Because after beach parties, garden parties, or just barbecues, there's usually a bunch of plastic waste left behind. Transfer your plastic free life now also on the celebration. Today you'll get 10 ideas for a plastic-free party that are easy to implement and really not time-consuming. Let's go!
1. plate made of wood & sugar cane or bring it yourself
This is really super easy! Quickly grab the plate from the kitchen and pack it. Your party will leave behind a lot less trash. And if your guests don't want to take things to the party themselves, the party can still be sustainable. Either provide some extra plates from your kitchen or offer sustainable disposable plates from Papstar. The plates are made from sugar cane or wood from German forests, for example. Since 121 cubic meters of wood grows back in Germany every year and only 76 cubic meters of wood are cut down, this makes the party sustainable and plastic-free despite the waste it produces. The following are two recommendations:
2. stainless steel & paper straws or omit them altogether.
Does it really look cool to drink from a straw? 😉 If your answer is yes, then you should at least switch from plastic straws to sustainable paper, glass or stainless steel straws for a plastic-free party. Because since straws are usually only used once, they make way too much plastic waste. If you need straws at all for your party, here are three recommendations for a plastic-free party with paper, glass or stainless steel straws:
3. offer sustainable party cutlery or snacks that do not require cutlery!
You can celebrate the plastic-free party even more sustainably by either directly offering only snacks that do not require cutlery (garlic bread, pizza pieces, etc.) or by offering sustainable cutlery. As with plates, you can also get plastic-free spoons, forks and the like made from sustainable wood. Even finger food bowls are available in sustainable form. This way there is no plastic waste and you show how easy it is to celebrate sustainably. The following suggestions for your party cutlery:
4. use reusable stainless steel ice cubes for cocktails!
Stainless steel ice cubes are especially cool for whiskey drinkers, but are also wonderfully suitable for cocktails and co. Simply put them in the freezer. The ice cube alternative is hygienically safe and cools for an extremely long time.
5. bring your own mug, water bottle, glasses and cups.
When it comes to drinks, there are again two options for celebrating the party as sustainably as possible. If you live sustainably anyway, you always have your water bottle with you. So why not just take your own water bottle to the party. As with the plates, I recommend that everyone brings their own cups, mugs, etc. for a sustainable party. After all, everyone usually brings something to drink, so why not bring mugs, cups, etc.? If you provide drinks yourself, a glass drink dispenser is also really cool to avoid plastic waste! If you don't want to do without disposable cups, you can still ensure a sustainable celebration: Papstar offers beverage cups made of polylactic acid (PLA bio-plastic), which is biodegradable. And the coffee spoon is also available sustainably made of birch wood. A cool plastic-free and always reusable alternative are also cups made of stainless steel!
6. Nutze Einmachgläser für Snacks und Licht!
Ja, du hast richtig gehört. Auch für Licht. Es gibt ein richtig cooles Einmachglas, dass mit Solarenergie am Abend für ausreichend Licht und eine coole Stimmung sorgt. Damit du dir weiteren Müll durch Snack-Teller usw. sparen kannst, solltest du einfach Einmachgläser auffüllen. Und auch mit Kerzen und Windlichtern in kleinen Einmachgläsern kannst du die Party erhellen. Schon ist deine Feier wieder etwas nachhaltiger!
7. use paper party decorations or omit them altogether
For children's birthdays or large parties, I can understand decorations such as party garlands, tablecloths and the like. Otherwise, however, you can also do well without decoration, so that the party is more sustainable. If you want to decorate the party a little, then at least with party garlands and tablecloths made of paper. This way, there is no plastic waste and the party is still sustainable.
8. offer paper napkins or reusable napkins!
Depending on the type of party, napkins are indispensable. Paper napkins are okay, but usually also packaged in plastic and therefore not as wonderfully sustainable as, for example, reusable Cloth napkins made of linen. Visually cool, easily washable and always reusable.
9. place enough trash cans
Even if it is a sustainable party, there is still waste. Wooden cutlery and the like do not make plastic waste, but they must be disposed of. Therefore, make sure that you set up enough trash cans everywhere and directly already plastic waste and Compost from each other. In this way, you avoid waste being released into the environment and can continue to party sustainably.
10. fire pot or charcoal grill instead of disposable grill!
The disposable grill immediately makes plastic waste and is anything but sustainable. The barbecue party becomes much cooler with a charcoal grill or a fire pot ( Dutch Oven). The fire pot is made of cast iron and can be used directly after placing it on the embers. The lid can also serve as a pan. The best place to get the charcoal is at your local market.
Celebrate plastic-free - Is that possible?!
Yes it is possible. And you can do it sustainably and without spending too much time! Just replace everything that is normally at party Plastic waste produced by sustainable or self-brought things, such as plates, cutlery or cups. And you can possibly do without straws or party garlands altogether, right? 😉 I hope that my ten ideas will help you to celebrate more sustainably and plastic-free at your next parties!
Let's expand the list of ideas for a sustainable, plastic-free party together. Just write me your experiences and tips as a comment.