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Parties without the waste

People who are conscious about reducing their environmental footprint tend to have excellent reuse systems at home... but take it outside and scale things up for a party and suddenly disposable options look pretty tempting, especially when they're so darn cheap.

But Plastic-Free Hackney say, 'No!' - this is your Golden Moment to inspire others and make reuse the norm.

It doesn't have to be a headache - share the load and the whole event becomes more fun.


First off, see what other people have got, parties are a great moment to share. If you're holding a street party, invite people to bring out plates, cups, cutlery and share with neighbours.

If it's a kids party, see if friends have got picnic/camping plates and cups they can share.

There is also the brilliant Party Kit Network where you can find reusable party kits on loan local to where you live, sometimes they’re even free. There are lots in Hackney :)

You can literally prevent hundreds of single use bits of plastic from being used this way. Small but mighty.

If you're a parent at a primary school, see if you can set up a system there for school parties and events. If you need help, give us a shout.

Washing Up

Invite some neighbours to volunteer to help with

the washing up - it’s more fun doing it with other people. You’ll be surprised how many people will be up for it, people often like chipping in with a helpful job.

If it's a community event its a good way for people to get to know one another, over the soap suds and marigolds.