With ‘Cheap And Cheerful’ Soon To Be Gone, Sustainable = Affordable When It Comes To Partying On
Ok, if we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times - protecting the environment really doesn’t have to cost a fortune, but don’t just take it from us.
With the UK set to ban all sales of single use plastics from as early as next year, the writing is on the wall for ‘cheap and cheerful’ party solutions - and the need for every single one of us to seek affordable alternatives is going to happen.
Since the ban was voted in by MEPs following EU proposals which came about earlier this year, we’ve conducted a review of party tablewear currently available to mass market on your behalf.
We’ve been busy doing our sums here at Make It Pop and, while we’re not ones to shy away from shouting up for sustainability, on this occasion we’re more than happy to let the maths do the talking.
We looked at the average cost of providing single use cups and plates for a party of 30 children (roughly the size of an average primary school class) and if we had one prediction for the future it would be this – on the pocket it’s the rental that is set to be most gentle.
Here’s what we found:
* Supermarket own brand single use cups and plates would cost around £11*
* Make It Pop melamine animal plates and cups (rented) would cost £13.50
* Luxury single use plates and cups would cost anywhere from £30 upwards**
Based on our calculations, in party terms at least, the price difference between working towards a potential eco-armageddon and making a meaningful contribution to world conservation is a meagre £2.50.
£2.50! That’s less than the price of most magazines, only marginally dearer than a lottery ticket, and considerably less than the average pint of beer or glass of wine across the UK.
From where we’re sitting, it makes the whole thing far less a conundrum and more of a ‘no brainer’. The answer is, in fact, quite simple - for future events, get ready to rent. Just like single use sets, rentals give those hiring kids party tableware and other party decor the chance to chop and change designs, and follow a chosen theme at an affordable price.
Changing attitudes when it comes to the way we currently ‘do’ kids parties and other celebrations could be all it takes to have a profound and long-lasting effect on the world.
Now that the powers that be both in the EU and the UK have set the message free, the best thing we can do is hear it, be it - and pass it on.
If you fancy changing your party ways, then why not browse the growing collection of re-useable cups, plates, glasses and serveware on offer, and make your next party a affordable and sustainable success?
*Average taken from three leading supermarket chains selling multipack cups and plates in similar quantities (Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco)
**Average taken from three leading UK websites selling luxury multipack cups and plates in similar quantities (Meri Meri, Candle and Cake and Pretty Little Party Shop)