Over 3 years ago I started this blog as a way to document my own personal journey to live gently. By sharing my experiences I’ve found I am also more accountable for my actions. I really get a kick out of hearing how I have inspired others to make change and I wanted to share this wonderful message (she also included photos) I recently received from a long time fan. It really made my day and I may have had a tiny tear in my eye…
Dear Eco Parents
I wanted to share what changes I made for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party after reading some of your posts about more eco-friendly ways to celebrate.
Last time: helium balloons, store bought cardboard bunting and pom poms (all used once, then thrown out).
This time: We painted and made lanterns from cereal boxes and stars from a cardboard box that I rescued from a recycle bin. Even though these won’t last many uses, we had great fun making them from what would be rubbish and they can be recycled again afterwards. I had left over paper pom poms from her first birthday party so we used some of those, but I’ll make sure this time I take them down before it rains so they can be reused. I sewed a 10 metre fabric rainbow bunting. I wanted to make something that could be used over and over again for lots of different occasions.
Last time: disposable table cloth, cups, plates, serviettes, cutlery, foil trays.
This time: fabric table cloth, glass cups for adults, reusable picnic ware cups for kids, I purchased a couple of cheap ceramic dinner sets that have been used twice now in lieu of disposable plates and bowls. Fabric serviettes, regular stainless steel cutlery. Cooked BBQ food was put onto oven trays or in large Tupperware containers for serving.
Last time: No thought about garbage. I recycled bottles and cardboard. Our waste bin was overflowing with garbage.
This time: All fruit and veggie scraps were thrown in the compost bin. I made sure I reduced the packaging that came into the house; sausages (for the meat eaters) were purchased from the local butcher and were put in my own container rather than a plastic bag. Fruit and veg purchased from the local fruit shop using my reusable cloth produce bags. I asked the bakery to put the bread rolls in a box rather than plastic bags. Canned soft drinks, tap water in my glass bottles were kept in the fridge.
Last time: A lot of meat and way too much food.
This time: With 4 vegetarians attending (including the birthday girl and the party planner mumma) I decided to have less focus on meat products. We scaled back the amount of food made, which meant less waste.
Last time: I made the invitations on the computer, printed them as photos and posted them.
This time: I made invitations on the computer and emailed them.
People joined in on the reusing/ recycling effort. I overheard people say: “she’s recycling soft plastics”, “put that in the cardboard box for recycling”, “we’ll save the ribbon for later”. It made me smile. A few of the gifts came in gift bags that can be reused. One thoughtful attendee put the birthday gift in a cotton tote bag because she thought I’d appreciate it the fact it could be reused. I loved that!
Our daughter’s big present from us was a second hand doll house off Gumtree. No packaging or wrapping.
Things to work on: I had run out of foil so I had nothing to cover my large fruit platter. I used cling film and placed it in soft plastics recycling afterwards. I’ll need to plan better next time.
Anyway, I just wanted to share and say thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas on facebook and the blog. Keep posting ideas. We read them, make better choices for our planet and share them with our friends.
Much love. Michelle