Having a party without using single use plastics might seem daunting, but it’s easy to do if you follow our simple tips. Swap this for that and have a successful single use plastic free event!

Half the world’s turtles and two thirds of Australian seabirds already have plastic in their gut. By eliminating single use plastics from your event, you are helping to protect our environment.

Single use plastic (items that are designed to be used once, then discarded e.g. plastic straws, plastic cutlery etc.) may not be used in facilities managed by Council. Single use plastic includes ‘bioplastic’ products (derived from renewable sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, food waste, etc)

Balloons burst into the shape of jellyfish. When they land in the ocean, they are mistaken for food by turtles. Save our marine life and use reusable decorations like fabric bunting or flowers instead of disposable decorations like balloons and plastic banners.


  • Ditch the plastic lolly bags and party favours for fabric bags jam packed with reusable gifts like coloured pencils.
  • Serve your party food and drink on reusable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery. If you’re worried about the washing up, a good alternative can be biodegradable bamboo items which can be added to your compost.
  • Remove plastic bottles from your party and have a drink dispenser, jugs and cups. A reusable drink dispenser filled with a fruit infused drink can make a beautiful addition to any party table!
  • Remember to go without straws and sip from your reusable cups!

Check out our Swap This For That guide at your next party.