You want to give yourself a natural, Make plastic-free confetti yourself? Then you've come to the right place. Thousands of tons of confetti are produced worldwide every year, some made of paper, some made of plastic. It's a long manufacturing process that produces a lot of waste. And all this for a product that is only used for a few seconds. This is anything but in the spirit of the plastic-free life. So in this article, I'm going to show you five sustainable alternatives that you can use to make your own plastic-free confetti.
Why you should make confetti yourself
Although confetti is also a waste product from the perforation of continuous paper, it is also partly produced as an independent product. In Switzerland, the confetti factory in Näfels alone produces 100 tons of confetti per year. Of course, this requires quite a lot of resources. Confetti is often made of pure paper, but there are also variants that are partly made of plastic. At the latest when the product is packaged, however, plastic comes into play in most cases. In addition, of course, you also have to consider that confetti is distributed in the environment. Especially if plastic is contained in the confetti, it becomes the Plastic waste in the environment. Since it can be eaten by animals, confetti also poses a threat to wildlife. Are there not natural, sustainable alternatives for the confetti, for example, for a fun, plastic free party are suitable? Well, of course there are. Now I'll show you the best ways to make plastic-free confetti yourself.
1. plastic free confetti make your own from foliage leaves
In autumn, when the leaves slowly become more colorful, you can easily make confetti yourself from leaves. For this you need nothing more than the collected leaves and a hole punch. Alternatively, you can also cut the leaves into longitudinal strips. Another variant is punching with a paper punch. The advantage of confetti made from leaves is that you can easily collect and use it outside. Whether hazelnut, maple or chestnut - which leaves you use does not matter. And the best thing is that leaves have different colors, so you can make a pretty colorful confetti yourself.
2. make confetti yourself from old wrapping paper
Used wrapping paper can be easily stored and reused for the next birthday or other occasion. However, if the wrapping paper is too crumpled, you can make confetti from the paper itself. Since wrapping paper is printed with many different motifs, the result is a colorful confetti.
Note: If the wrapping paper is partly made of Plastic please do not apply it outside - because this way you scatter the non-degradable plastic in the environment.
3. make confetti yourself from old brochures and newspapers
If you don't have any old wrapping paper on hand, you can just grab an old brochure or newspaper. Punch the paper as usual - the more colorful the confetti, the better. As long as the leaflet is not made of plastic, you can usually use the confetti outside.
Tip: From old newspaper you can also wonderful Make plastic free garbage bags yourself.
4. make confetti yourself from dried flowers
Even more colorful and diverse is confetti from dried flowers. Especially for weddings, the homemade confetti is particularly well suited. Just as with leaves, you can also use the confetti outside in nature. The colorful flowers make the confetti rain even more colorful.
5. make flower confetti yourself
Especially beautiful is flowering confetti. This is not only environmentally friendly, but also ensures that new flowers grow. Flowering confetti is not only suitable for special occasions, but also makes a nice gift. When children make confetti together with you, they are guaranteed to have a lot of fun.
For the homemade confetti you need:
- Flower mixture (you get for example here*)
- An old brochure
Instructions for the homemade confetti:
Shred the paper from the old brochure and place it in a bowl of water. Let it swell there for an hour. You will get the best consistency if you process the water and the paper into a pulp. Pour the pulp into a sieve. You can now squeeze out the excess water. Now scatter the small (!) flower seeds on the still wet mass. The resulting seed paper you can now dry in the oven at 37 degrees or on the heater. Then you can punch the finished paper into the desired shapes.
Simply make confetti yourself
When you think of the topic Environment party confetti doesn't exactly pop into your head. But sustainable alternatives to party hits like confetti make a big difference. Today you've seen that you can make your own natural confetti from leaves, for example. You're also really doing something good for the environment with the flowering confetti. The plastic-free confetti is also a great way to introduce children to the topic of sustainability.
Do you have any questions or suggestions about homemade, natural confetti? Then feel free to leave me a comment below this post.
PS.: Homemade confetti made of paper is a good, plastic-free alternative. But paper also consumes wood, a natural resource. In the article 18 tips for saving paper you'll learn how you can save paper with simple tricks in everyday life.
PPS: Perhaps our Online Course 30 Days To Zero Waste something for you. In 30 days, you'll learn how to reduce your everyday waste in a simple but drastic way.