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Simple Swaps And Supplies For A More Eco-Friendly Birthday Party

Everyone loves a good birthday party. Sharing cake and ice cream, opening presents, and admiring decorations are just a few of the pleasures that come with a traditional American birthday celebration.

However, now may be the time to change up birthday traditions. As we become more aware of how human habits impact the planet, reevaluating the way we celebrate can help us cut back on pollution, waste, and carbon emissions.

If you're hosting a birthday party, take a moment to think of ways to enjoy the occasion while minimizing environmental harm. Here are a few easy steps anyone can take for a more eco-friendly birthday party:

Skip the Goody Bags and Plastic Decorations

Many of the biggest party pollution culprits come from accessories that aren't really necessary to the party itself. Goody bags, for example, are often made with non-biodegradable plastic and filled with wrapped candy and plastic toys. Try more eco-friendly party favors instead. You could send kids home with a reusable tote and a beach towel for a summer party, or even hand out a small coloring book with crayons. Re-think decorations, too-- for example, instead of plastic tablecloths, try real linens. Exchange plastic centerpieces for wildflowers, and skip balloons entirely if you can.

Keep a Recycling Bin Available

Inspire guests to embrace your sustainable party by keeping a few recycling containers close by. Encourage friends to recycle cans and bottles as well as paper products. You can even go above and beyond by supplying separate receptacles for glass, plastic, and paper. With these bins, your guests will know exactly where to toss their eco-friendly paper drinking straws or empty beverage bottles.

Swap Out Plastic for Paper Flatware and Utensils

While it would be ideal to offer reusable flatware and silverware, for larger parties, this method just isn't practical. When possible, choose paper dessert supplies for your cake and ice cream enjoyment. Eco-friendly paper drinking straws and napkins made from recycled materials are both great options for hosting a more sustainable party.

Have a Plan for Leftover Food

The U.S. produces about 1.5 billion gallons of ice cream and similar desserts every year. Disturbingly, between 30 and 40% of all food produced is never eaten but instead ends up in the trash. Combat food waste by sending guests home with leftover snacks and desserts. Invite friends to bring their own Tupperware, or supply reusable to-go containers yourself to spread the leftover love.

Birthday celebrations don't have to be wasteful. With a few easy steps, your party can be fun for your guests and the planet. For more information or to stock up on eco-friendly paper drinking straws and other sustainable party supplies, contact Frozen Desserts Supplies today!

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About the Author: Tim Porter

Tim is the CEO and people builder of In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, collecting watches, and Classic Mini Coopers.


Our purpose at Frozen Dessert Supplies is "Build People and Deliver Joy." That means that everything we do, from manufacturing to packaging to delivery, is to build you and your business and deliver joy to you. We also strive to build our employees and help them to be better people.

Our paper ice cream cups are made withFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPE (Polyethylene). Our clear plastic cups, banana split boats, and plastic dome lids are made fromPET (Polyethylene Terephthalate). Our plastic spoons and straws are made fromPP (Polypropylene). Our eco-friendly ice cream cups are made fromFDA approved food-safe papercoated in a thin layer ofPLA (Polylactic Acid). PLA is plastic made from corn starch. Our eco-friendly spoons are also made from PLA. Our eco-friendly wooden spoons are made from FDA approvedsmooth birch wood.

Simple Swaps And Supplies For A More Eco-Friendly Birthday Party