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The School Birthday Giving Week - A Very Eco Birthday

Alongside the birthday preparations, this week the school has been holding its annual Eco Week. 

In keeping with our birthday theme, our Eco Coodinators, teachers Ms Cohen and Ms Hamish, gave us some top tips for holding an 'Eco-Friendly birthday'.

In today's world, where environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important, people are seeking ways to reduce their ecological footprint in all aspects of their lives, including celebrations like birthdays. While birthdays are a time of joy and merriment, they can also be an opportunity to make conscious choices that benefit the planet. Planning eco-friendly birthday celebrations not only reduces waste but also sets an example for friends and family, inspiring them to adopt more sustainable practices. Here are some tips on how to celebrate your special day while minimising your environmental impact:

1. Digital Invitations: Instead of traditional paper invitations, opt for digital invitations sent via email or through social media platforms. There are numerous online platforms that offer customizable and stylish e-invitations, saving paper and reducing waste.

2. Choose a Green Venue: When selecting a venue for your birthday celebration, consider outdoor locations such as parks or beaches, which have minimal environmental impact compared to indoor venues. If hosting at home, utilise your backgarden space to reduce the need for additional resources.

3. Eco-Friendly Decorations: Decorate your party space with environmentally friendly decorations such as reusable banners, bunting, and fabric tablecloths. Avoid single-use plastic decorations and opt for biodegradable or recyclable options. You can also incorporate natural elements like flowers, leaves, and branches for a rustic and eco-friendly touch.

4. Reduce Food Waste: Plan your menu carefully to minimise food waste. Opt for locally sourced, organic ingredients and choose dishes that can be prepared in advance to avoid excess food spoilage. Serve food and drinks in reusable or compostable tableware rather than disposable plastic or paper products.

5. Go Plastic-Free: Avoid single-use plastics such as straws, cups, and utensils. Instead, opt for reusable or compostable alternatives made from materials like bamboo, stainless steel, or biodegradable plant-based plastics. Encourage guests to bring their own reusable water bottles or provide glassware for drinks.

6. Gift Giving: Request eco-friendly gifts or experiences from your guests. Suggest alternatives such as donations to environmental organisations, gift cards for sustainable brands, or homemade gifts made from recycled materials. Consider hosting a gift-free birthday.

7. Zero Waste Party Favors: Instead of traditional party favors that often end up in the trash, consider giving guests meaningful and sustainable gifts such as potted plants, seeds for planting, or homemade treats in reusable containers. Alternatively, organise a fun activity or game that guests can participate in and take home as a memorable keepsake.

8. Transportation: Encourage guests to carshare, bike, or use public transport to reduce carbon emissions associated with travel to the party venue. 

9. Compost and Recycling: Set up clearly labeled compost and recycling bins throughout the party venue to encourage guests to dispose of waste properly. Ensure that any leftover food scraps, paper products, and recyclables are sorted correctly to minimise landfill waste.

10. Give Back to Nature: Consider incorporating a charitable or environmental activity into your birthday celebration, such as organizing a beach clean-up, planting trees, or volunteering at a local environmental organisation. This not only contributes positively to the environment but also creates meaningful memories and strengthens community bonds.

By implementing these eco-friendly practices, you can celebrate your birthday in a way that aligns with your values and promotes sustainability. Remember that small changes can make a big difference, and every effort to reduce waste and protect the environment counts. Let your birthday be a celebration not only of another year.

Can you give us the gift of a donation - £1.44, £14.44, £144, £1444 on our 144th birthday?



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