How to Throw An Eco-Friendly Birthday Celebration

Celebrations can involve many aspects, and it is a good opportunity to make some eco-friendly swaps.  From local foods to recycled paper goods, there are lots of ways to make a birthday celebration more eco friendly.  Here are some tips!

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Go paperless

Skip the paper invites and go with online invitations. Besides saving paper, there are other advantages to going paperless, such as tracking RSVPs online.  If you go with paper, use recycled paper invitations.

Use eco-friendly decor

Many party decorations are single-use. Consider using decor that is reusable or more eco-friendly. For example, swap out plastic with paper, use reusable felt birthday garlands, etc. Skip the balloons and go with alternatives such as paper lanterns or paper pom poms.

Shop locally & sustainably

When you are your party supplies, choose local businesses and items when you can.  This helps to support the local economy and products. Purchase local items when possible, such as food, wine, favors, and so on.

Choose food items carefully

Look for food products that are fair trade, organic, eco-friendly, sustainable. etc.  Consider buying in bulk to reduce packaging, and have a plan for any leftovers in order to limit any food waste.

Use reusable shopping bags and containers

Don’t forget to shop with reusable bags when you go to the store.

Look for any other ways to use reusable packaging, such as leftovers.

Skip disposables when possible

While disposables can certainly make things easier, avoid them when possible. Have guests use regular dishes, or consider alternatives to disposables, like palm leaf plates, which can be composted.  Use paper straws or compostable straws.

Eco-friendly gifting

Consider eco-friendly wrapping materials, such as recycled paper or fabric for wrapping. Upcycle paper to use as wrapping paper, like old maps or posters. Swap out plastic bows for biodegradable materials, for instance, decorative twine.

If you are buying a gift, consider something that is eco-friendly, from reusable items (like a Stanley cup!) to experience gifts that do not involve material items.

Set up waste bins

Set up bins for landfill, compost, and recycling, so that guests can sort their items to dispose properly.

Eco-friendly favors

Favors can often be wasteful, from packaging to items that are not very useful.  Consider things such as sweet treats, plants, tea, bath products, etc.


12 thoughts on “How to Throw An Eco-Friendly Birthday Celebration”

  1. It’s so important to be conscious of our environmental impact, even during celebrations. I really appreciate the suggestion of using paper lanterns or pom poms instead of balloons – it’s such a simple swap but makes a big difference in terms of sustainability!

  2. Decorating is fun but in all honesty, it is a huge waste of money and it isn’t very eco-friendly. If you do decorate, look for things you can recycle or use eco friendly products.

  3. thanks so much for these ideas.. i do try to use disposables to a minimum and when we do, i try to use ones that are green.. and reuse decorations from ages ago 🙂

  4. We have started using reusable decorations as well. They save money and time and it makes good sense to buy the ones that will be good for year.

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