We just celebrated Theo's 6th birthday and enjoyed our second zero waste birthday party. Honestly with just a little extra thought and planning it truly is possible to host a great party and produce zero garbage. Here's how we pulled it all together. Lets be the change we want to see in the world and start a trend for zero waste birthday parties.
Over the last year our family has worked hard to reduce the quantity of garbage produced, We bulk buy our dry foods, use material bags for all other foods, utilise capsule wardrobes, own minimal toys - but until recently our arts and crafts supplies have been my guilty secret. Oversized boxes and draws housed every variety of paint, glitter, pen, crayon and sticker imaginable. I feel more than a little guilty when I think about the quantity of arts- and crafts-based garbage we have produced during the last five years: my once weekly trips to the Dollarstore to top up on supplies a distant and regretful memory.
So is it possible to apply a zero waste attitude to kiddie arts and crafts supplies? The answer is absolutely, and here is how!
Living a very simple, minimalist life is our goal for 2017.
This year I asked all family members not to buy the kids any gifts (toys/books/games) this Christmas. They don’t need anything and in fact already have too many toys. The sheer volume of stuff overwhelms and distracts them from creative play. Plus I spend my days picking up their blocks and Legos and train tracks. If I had $1 for every time this week, I’ve stepped on or put away Sky or Marshall or one of their paw patrol cronies!
It’s most definitely not my desire for my little people to go without. The truth is, I only want to maximise the experience for them. Just shifting the focus from all the gift-giving to a one of Christmas as a magical day and event.
A post About being a conscious consumer and how it can be overwhelming.
Birthday parties are notorious for taking huge amounts of time and energy to organize, costing too much money and creating bags full of garbage. Is there an alternative?, can a good party truly create no garbage? the answer is yes and here is how.
When you have less of something you come to value, enjoy and respect what you do have. Keep only the clothes you love, those that fit and make you feel good. Get creative with different combinations. Become a regular at local thrift stores. Discover new looks. Trade items with friends or upcycle. Not only is it a great move for the environment but you WILL feel the change in your daily life. Here is how.
I must admit I have become a little mason jar obsessed of late. We have made a complete transition to using only glass for kitchen storage and here is why
I didn’t wake up one morning, in a hazy, sleep-deprived state, and declare with my first cup of tea in hand that today was the day we are ‘going green’. There was no defining moment of clarity, no direct source of inspiration. It was more of a slow trickle effect, unnoticeable to outsiders at first. Here's how I made the transition.
When you take the garbage and recycling out each week do you ever get a nagging feeling about the quantity of garbage your family produces in just one week?
Does the idea of your family producing less waste sound interesting? Inspiring even? Maybe you've heard of the Zero Waste movement which is getting big attention in the media and are feeling a little intrigued?
You want your kiddies to appreciate nature and you want to be a positive role model for them, teaching them how they can evoke change and help protect the environment?
If you answered yes, yes and yes, but aren't sure how and where to start this post is for you.