Planning a party to celebrate the exciting news of a new baby? Baby showers are a lovely way for friends and family to share in the joy of an anticipated new arrival.
Here are our top tips for a fun-filled but low waste baby shower - let’s make celebrating a new baby a little greener.
1. DIGITAL INVITATIONS
Not only will this change be a great first step to making your event a little more eco-friendly, it can also make the admin significantly easier with online RSVP tracking.
2. REUSABLE TABLEWARE & DECORATIONS
Rather than buying disposables cups and plates to throw away at the end of the party, hiring a local party kit can save at least 60 single-use items from going to landfill and can work out cheaper too.
Worried about all the extra washing up? Many of the party kits in our network will also do the washing up for you.
In addition to tableware, many party kits can also provide decorations such as bunting, paper fans, honeycomb balls and more - perfect for any baby shower theme.
3. LOW WASTE FOOD
A party isn’t a party without cake, and a baby shower is no exception! Making your own can significantly cut down waste from packaging and reduce the chance of overbuying. You can also buy cakes packaging free from the bakery counter in supermarkets - just take along your own tubs or tins.
The finger sandwich often feature on a traditional baby shower menu. To reduce waste, ask some of the guests to help by making sandwiches rather than buying pre-made.
For nibbles, it is worth checking what your local zero waste store has on offer. From banana chips to chocolate coated yumminess, many of these can be found packaging-free. Check out Zero Waste Near Me for stores near you offering items without packaging. Just take along your own tubs, old takeaway boxes, jam jars or even old bread bags and fill up.
When catering for drinks look for glass bottles, aluminium cans or, failing that, larger plastic bottles rather than buying individual drinks, all of which can be easily recycled.
If you’re planning an afternoon tea party the following teas are Fairtrade (or have strong buying ethics) and are Rainforest Alliance certified. The teabags are 100% plastic-free and the packaging is biodegradable and/or recyclable.
- Teapigs is available online and in most supermarkets
When it comes to coffee, Percol is both Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified, and the packaging for their ground, whole bean and coffee bags are all 100% plastic-free and home compostable / recyclable. Available in many supermarkets including Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Holland & Barrett.
5. ECO-FRIENDLY BABY SHOWER GIFTS
After making the effort to reduce waste at the party, why not extend this to the gift for the parents-to-be!
Bundlee Gift Voucher: Many new parents will tell you that their baby was gifted a lot of new clothes, some hardly worn before they grew too big. There is another way - Bundlee is the UK’s first baby clothing rental service significantly reducing waste while providing beautiful organic cotton clothing. A Bundlee gift voucher makes a great sustainable gift.
Sling Library Gift Voucher: Many local sling libraries offer gift vouchers. As well as hiring a sling or baby carrier, the library can also help with babywearing support. Find your local sling library
Reusable Wipes: Even for parents-to-be who haven’t yet been persuaded to use cloth nappies, reusable wipes are still a great alternative to wet wipes for mucky hands and faces, especially during weaning. A kit from Cheeky Wipes is an easy way to get started. About 40 reusable wipes are enough to keep even the messiest baby clean between washes.
Books make a great gift. Try Zaza's Storybox for newborns which contains books with high contrast images which are perfect for little ones.
Hand cream quickly becomes a must-have for new parents. Try Conscious Skincare or Blushberry Botanicals. These hand creams are made in the UK, available plastic-free and both cruelty-free and Vegan-friendly.
Or commemorate this special event by dedicating a tree - a gift for the future. The Woodland Trust are working to tackle climate change by supporting the planting and care of woodland in the UK.