PLASTIC-FREE HOME: What every party needs to start…
By David Lamont
If you have children, you will relate to two things which I will briefly mention. First, wasting many of your long-awaited weekends attending what seems like an endless number of (lovely, of course) birthday parties of their friends. And, second, the challenge of avoiding unnecessary excess and waste, not to mention cost, when their own birthdays arrive.
A brilliant local company, Eco Party Kit, based in Swallowfield, is here to help you with at least part of this puzzle.
We’ve all hosted or attended parties where trash bags seem to be filling up with ‘single-use’ plates, cups, cutlery, platters, tablecloths, decorations and the like – and of course that’s a waste. appalling. This waste will either end up in a landfill, in an incinerator or, if you’re unlucky, in the environment. None of them is a great destination.
As Lianne, founder of Eco Party Kit explains: “We offer a simple tableware rental service for parties. Instead of buying disposable tableware for a party, you can rent a kit that contains everything you need.
“We include plates, bowls, cutlery, pitchers, sharing dishes, serving bowls, tablecloths and garlands in all of our kits.
“We also offer rental backdrops, pre-loved foil balloons, paper decorations, cake toppers, and fabric to pass through parcel bags, so you can rent and return items for free. to lose.”
Lianne also runs what she calls a “costume library”, with costume items to hire for just £1 donation.
“The concept behind it is the same – I try to discourage people from buying a new costume when it can only be worn once or twice and then thrown away,” she enthuses.
Eco Party Kit was born in 2020 when Lianne came across the Party Kit network on Facebook and realized there was no supplier in the area.
“I also have a background in event planning and in particular an interest in sustainable events, so this was a perfect fit with my interests,” she continues.
Describing the challenges, other than, of course, a certain pandemic, Lianne says: “The main thing is to get the message out and make people understand how easy it is to rent a kit.
“People are always programmed to go to the supermarket and buy a load of disposable items, hoping they can be recycled, or because it’s the most convenient option.
“I was pleasantly surprised at how much people liked the concept. Now that the holidays are back on the agenda, things have really taken off.
“I get a lot of bookings and together we’ve saved over 2,000 single-use items from landfill in the last six months.”
She adds, “We have loyal customers who use a party kit for birthdays, family barbecues, baby showers, baptisms and other celebrations.”
Looking ahead, Lianne also looks at how Eco Party Kit can support larger events, but points out that there are some practical issues, including items disappearing, to overcome. She also feels there’s a gap for eco-friendly party bags (we agree) and adds, “Watch this space.”
Eco Party Kit welcomes bookings from anywhere, although most orders come from Wokingham, Reading, Bracknell and surrounding areas.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/ecopartykitswallowfield
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