Our mission and our ethics
The idea for Plastic Free Party Bags started in Spring 2018 when my daughter brought home a plastic-filled plastic party bag. We both knew the items in the bag would last less than a day – but the packaging would stay on this earth over her lifetime.
Like most kids, she loves party bags, and it’s a such a generous and kind way to share your child’s special day. But so often they are filled with single-use and non-recyclable plastic adding to the pollution crisis we are now dealing with and is shaping our kids’ future here on Earth.
On the walk home, I thought about alternatives to the plastic items and how nice it would be to have party bags that gave the kids lots of fun, but without costing or damaging the earth and the idea for Plastic Free Party Bags was born.
We want to go the extra mile and make these party bags really count, so have spent time sourcing Fairtrade activities and toys which, where possible, actively support NGOs or the people who have produced them.
Unlike other suppliers who have ‘eco ranges’ or are chasing the vegan and eco pound, all our toys are free from single use plastic. I am an ethical vegan so we do not sell any feathers, wool, fur or leather materials or animal ingredients. For two years running we have also received the Let Toys be Toys Good Practice Award.
We hope you and your little ones love the bags and thank you for your custom which helps us support some wonderful organisations, NGOs and other small businesses as well as taking care of our amazing and beautiful planet and all who inhabit her, human and non-human.
Emmeline and Ruby
When will I receive my order?
Standard shipping is 3-5 working days via MyHermes or second class Royal Mail depending on the size / weight with a flat rate charge of £3.50. If it’s a light order (such as face coverings or activity sheets) these will be bumped up to first class.
Should you need your order faster, please email your order request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07834 364426 for a next day or first class quote.
Can you send orders overseas?
Because our seed packets are specially selected wildflowers suitable for the UK only, we can’t send them abroad. However all our other items can be shipped worldwide. Pre-filled bags that have seeds included can have them swapped for another item of similar value or you can create your own bags here. Please email for a postal quote with your order details – type of bags, quantity, when they are needed for and country / city destination.
Something is out or low on stock I wanted to order
Please drop me an email, text or call and I will gladly check for you.
Complimentary gift notes and wrapping
If you are sending a gift, please quote your message on the notes section at checkout. If you would like your item gift wrapped there is no charge and I will dig out the nicest recycled paper we have in stock to do so and include a free of charge heart or star gift tag. Just pop your request for this in the notes section (at checkout).
I need to return my order
Under the Consumer Contracts Regulation applicable from 2014, you are entitled to notify us of your intent to return unused products within 14 days of receipt. Goods (unused) must be returned within 28 days from receipt and once checked a refund less the cost of postage will be refunded. The customer is responsible for return costs.
Do you have a sustainable packaging policy?
Yes – our bags will be delivered in recycled boxes collected from local stores and businesses, my office job, neighbours or from deliveries I have received – this may include second-hand bubble wrap or similar materials that I would encourage you to please reuse as well. Our packing tape is unbleached and made from recycled paper. I ask all my suppliers that don’t already have clear packaging policies to use no plastic packaging and are working with them to swap over to plastic free for a lasting positive change.
Note – by law there may be toys that have very small CE stickers on. This is a legal requirement on some products – however, they will never be in plastic individual plastic packaging.
Who are your bags suitable for?
The bags are vegan-friendly, meaning they are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and those on a meat-free or dairy-free diet for ethical, religious or medical reasons. Our bags are designed for children over the age of 3. We have also made the bags gender-neutral, again making sure they are inclusive for every child, so no child feels left out. We have been awarded a Good Practice Award from Let Toys be Toys.
Do you give to charities – how do you give back?
Celebrating the success of the shop by giving back either with time volunteering, stock or monthly donations is an important part of running Plastic Free Party Bags. This has included volunteering for Lewisham Food Bank, organising a van load of clothing and hygiene products for Help Refugees, walked 10k for Shelter and raised money for Crisis at Christmas. We have donated stock to individuals privately as well as given toys to TACT (The Adolescent and Children’s Trust) the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity. Plastic Free Party Bags also supports the Animal Justice Project every month by direct debit. See our News and Giving page.
Is your website eco-friendly?
We use a green host which means we are powered by 100% wind energy. The hosting servers, routers and cooling systems are all powered by this renewable energy source purchased from UK wind farms.
Do you use recycled paper for your activity sheets?
We use a vegan-owned printers, which means that our business cards, activity sheets, flyers, eco superhero cards and anything we have specifically made up for us is printed using vegan-friendly ink and we always choose recycled paper.
Are you a vegan run business?
Yes, I have been vegan since 2016. We are members of The Vegan Traders Union ref 00054.