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Plastic-Free Party Bag Ideas

Post by Cat, who runs Waste Free Party Box (based in Nailsea near Bristol)

As the mother of 3 children I've done a fair few parties and the amount of bin bags we normally filled has always really bothered me. After discovering the reusable party kit concept I was keen to set up one for my local community.  Here are my top tips for eco-friendly party bags...

Let’s face it, party bags are most parent’s worst nightmare; a plastic bag filled with pointless plastic tat that quickly gets discarded and combined with a huge pile of sugar! So what can we do to change this and make party bags a little more eco-friendly?

Should we ditch the idea altogether? Having tried this and then been faced with the look of pure disappointment on a kid’s face at the end of the party when he politely asked where his party bag was, I wouldn’t do this again.

Party bags are still an expected benefit of attending a party, particularly for younger children. So what alternatives can we give the little darlings that makes them smile, parents happy and keeps the planet happy and smiling for longer!

Eco-friendly Party Bags

Alternatives to those little plastic party bag:

  • Use paper bags, like those found in sweet shops or on market stalls 

  • Make your own from small cardboard boxes, like those that multi-pack kid snacks come in

  • Make your own from a sheet of newspaper. Try this no-glue newspaper bag (YouTube)

  • Sew your own reusable fabric bags. To find fabric scraps try charity shops or your local Scraps Store

  • Or reuse the bags your kids receive from other parties. While these bags may be plastic at least by reusing them we are promoting a more sustainable approach to parties (and saving money!). These bags can then be recycled together with carrier bags at larger supermarkets.

Plastic-free Party Bag Fillers

Ideas for eco-friendly party bag fillers:

  • seeds

  • pencils

  • colouring sheets

  • masks

  • eco glitter

  • handmade fun-shaped crayons, check out The Crayon Bug

  • stickers

Readymade Eco-friendly Party Bags & Gifts

Want to take the hassle out of putting together your own party bags? The following businesses specialise in eco-friendly party bags and also offer fillers to order online.

Plastic Free Party Bags

Plastic-free, vegan-friendly and Fairtrade pre-filled party bags and party bag fillers.

Save 10% with code 'partykitnetwork'​


Florence & Burt

Laura and Rachel run a party kit based in Birmingham. They also have a beautiful range of eco-friendly party bags and favours. 

Save 10% with code 'PKN10'


Little Otter Party Supplies

The range includes party bag fillers, pre-filled party bags and pass-the-parcel prizes. ​

Save 10% with code 'PARTYKITNETWORK10'


Katie Bakes Party Bags

Eco-friendly personalised baking mix party bags.

Save 10% with code 'imack'


Perfect Party Boxes

Beautiful themed party bags which are all plastic-free.

Save 10% with code 'PKN10' (minimum order 8)


Give a Book

Instead of a party bag, why not give a book? A book can be read again and again giving endless enjoyment passing from child to child. Expensive I hear you cry! It doesn't have to be, Books for Bugs offer all books for £2.50 and even have a £1 section! Check out their website www.booksforbugs.co.uk

For more ideas check out Jen's blog Sustainable-ish

Eco-friendly parties

Our network of party kits is an easy, convenient and often cheaper way of providing tableware and decorations for a party with the added benefit of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill at the end.