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10 ideas for a sustainable, plastic-free party

Celebrate plastic free is easy! Whether you're the host or a guest, you can avoid a lot of plastic waste at parties and celebrate sustainably. Because after beach and garden parties or simply after a barbecue, there is usually a lot of plastic waste left behind. Transfer your plastic free life now also applies to partying. 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

It really is super easy! Quickly grab the plate from the kitchen and wrap it up. Your party will leave significantly less waste behind. And if your guests don't want to take things to the party themselves, the party can still be sustainable. Either provide a few more 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 grow back in Germany every year and only 76 cubic meters of wood are felled, the party is sustainable and plastic-free despite the waste produced. Here are two recommendations:

View square plates (20 x 20 cm) from sugar cane*

View round plate (23 cm) from sugar cane*

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 straws are usually only used once, they create far too much plastic waste. If you need straws for your party at all, here are three recommendations for a plastic-free party with paper, glass or stainless steel straws:

View 100 color paper straws*

View 5 glass straws with 2 cleaning brushes*

3. offer sustainable party cutlery or snacks that don't require cutlery!

You can make the plastic-free party even more sustainable by either only offering snacks that don't require cutlery (garlic bread, pizza slices, etc.) or offering sustainable cutlery. As with the plates, you can also get plastic-free spoons, forks etc. made from sustainable wood. There are also sustainable bowls for finger food. This means no plastic waste and you can show how easy it is to celebrate sustainably. The following suggestions for your party cutlery:

Get 100 disposable wooden knives now*

View 100 disposable wooden forks here*

The 100 disposable wooden spoons are available here*

View 50 finger food bowls ("boats")*

Stainless steel cutlery set (ideal for outdoor use) View*

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Stainless steel ice cubes keep drinks cold for longer and are plastic-free / Photo by TaoTronics (Amazon)

4. use reusable stainless steel ice cubes for cocktails!

Stainless steel ice cubes are particularly cool for whiskey drinkers, but are also great for cocktails and the like. Simply place in the freezer compartment. The ice cube alternative is hygienically safe and cools for an extremely long time.

8 Reusable stainless steel ice cubes with tongs View*

5. bring your own mug, drinking bottle, glasses and cups

There are also two options for drinks to make the party as sustainable as possible. If you live sustainably anyway, you always have your drinking bottle with you. So why not simply take your own drinking bottle to the party. As with the plates, I recommend that everyone brings their own cups, mugs etc. to a sustainable party. As a rule, everyone brings something to drink, so why not also bring a mug, cup etc.? If you are providing drinks yourself, a glass drinks 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 are biodegradable. And the coffee spoon is also available in sustainable birch wood. Stainless steel cups are also a cool plastic-free and reusable alternative!

70 Beverage cups made of PLS (polylactic acid, bioplastic) View*

100 coffee spoons made of birch wood, unbleached and splinter-free View*

View 5 stainless steel drinking cups for your party*

View glass drinks dispenser*

7. use paper party decorations or omit them altogether

I can understand decorations such as party garlands, tablecloths and the like for children's birthdays or large parties. Otherwise, however, you can do without decorations to make the party more sustainable. If you want to decorate the party a little, then at least use paper party garlands and tablecloths. That way, there's no plastic waste and the party is still sustainable.

View Paper Table Cloth (50m x 1m)*

View paper party garlands (6 m long)*

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.

View 50 paper napkins from Papstar*

View 6 reusable linen napkins*

9. place enough garbage cans

Even if it is a sustainable party, there is still waste. Wooden cutlery and the like don't create plastic waste, but they do need to be disposed of. Therefore, make sure that you set up sufficient garbage cans everywhere and dispose of plastic waste and Compost from each other. In this way, you avoid waste being released into the environment and can continue to party sustainably.

Party plastic free - Sustainable party without plastic
Grilling with the "Dutch Oven" / Photo by Petromax (Amazon)

10. fire pot or charcoal grill instead of disposable grill!

The disposable barbecue immediately creates plastic waste and is anything but sustainable. The barbecue party is much cooler with a charcoal barbecue or a Dutch oven. The Dutch oven is made of cast iron and can be used directly after placing it on the embers. The lid can also be used as a pan. It is best to get the charcoal from your local market.

View the Dutch Oven for 8 - 14 people*

View Lid lifter for the Dutch oven*

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 items such as plates, cutlery or cups. And you can even do without straws or party garlands in some circumstances ;-) I hope that my ten ideas will help you to celebrate in a more sustainable and plastic-free way at your next party!

Let's expand the list of ideas for a sustainable, plastic-free party together. Just write me your experiences and tips as a comment.

Stay clean,

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Christoph Schulz

Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

9 thoughts on “10 Ideen für eine nachhaltige, plastikfreie Party”

  1. Unfortunately, many of the products you recommend are linked to Amazon and are also wrapped in plastic.
    Unfortunately, this makes your tips unattractive for me

    1. Hi Manuela,
      i'm working on an internal solution with my own store right now 🙂
      You can also get many of the products offline in stores.
      A nice plastic free party I wish you 😉
      Stay clean,

  2. Nice article! Compared to before, I already implement much of it and plastic cutlery etc. is consistently avoided.
    I also always think it's nice to bring a trash-free snack alternative for everyone to a party e.g. cookies, homemade chips, or the like 🙂

  3. However, all this is not quite sustainable - even disposable solutions made of paper consume raw materials and end up being trash

    1. Hello Sabine!
      Exactly, it's better if you can wash everything off and reuse it at the next party.
      Many greetings,

  4. We use cloth tablecloths. They can be washed and reused. Also white bedclothes (without elastic) are great for beer tables

    1. Hey Lisa! Thanks for your inspiration! That is also still a good idea, since there are of course also tablecloths as disposable products.
      Best regards

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