7 Earth Friendly Tips for Kids’ Parties

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Contributed by Lisa Kothari of Pepper Pollywogs

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Kids’ parties are a perfect opportunity to take care of Mother Earth by embracing the principals of reducing, reusing, and recycling as you prepare for your party and also teaching your children how to be Earth-friendly as they celebrate their special days.

These seven tips make it easy to embrace being eco-friendly with your kids’ parties:

  1. Look around your home and take an inventory of what you have on hand to make invitations, decorations, and party fun. It is smart to reuse what you already have in your home. First, it is easy on the pocketbook and makes sense. As an example, when you are creating your invitations, what paper and supplies do you have on hand?
  2. Look around your home and use what you already have. If you are looking to add a gift tag or a decorative piece to your party package, take a hike and pick up a pine cone or acorn to decorate.
  3. The easiest thing to serve your party menu and cake on are paper goods that often match your theme. Try to purchase only what you need. If you have leftovers, you may be able to reuse them in the future for another child in your family, or you could find another family who may be doing such a theme. Another trend these days, is selling/swapping your stuff on-line.
  4. After your party, if you have used cans of soda or plastic juice bottles, etc. make sure that you recycle these.
  5. As far as eco-friendly presents go, purchase stuffed animal toys for small children that are made of organic material, or if the gift you buy uses batteries, make sure to buy rechargeable ones. Older kids may appreciate a certificate stating that a tree has been planted in their name, etc.
  6. Check out ECHOage.  The party is handled completely online with a portion of your money going toward one birthday present and the other half to a charity of choice.
  7. Check out: Happy Green Earth which provides good quality, affordable and unusual items that are made from eco-friendly materials that are kinder to our planet.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! The mantra is here to stay—at parties and beyond!

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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