Each bag contains:
- Packet of British wildflower seeds for bees
- Pack of 10 hand-crafted twig Fairtrade pencils from Thailand
- Sturdy spinner made from sustainable (FSC) timber
- Bird whistle, handmade using bamboo and fairly traded from Java (painted or plain depending on stock availability)
- Eco hero card – printed on recycled paper using vegan-friendly ink – top tips and fun game to play
- Our NGO supporting Newspaper bag (see details below)
- Fully compostable blank sticker for you to add children’s names, a message or you can use them to simply seal the bags.
- Activity sheet
- Postcard to design and send
- Colouring in glasses made from paper – fully recyclable – designs will vary
suitable for ages 3 and up
What to play with first?! Included is a wooden FSC spinner, ten twig pencils, a postcard to design and send, colouring in activities to enjoy as well as a chance to sing back to the birds with the hand-made bamboo whistle, whist waiting for the wildflower seeds for bees to grow.
Seeds – the packet is made from recycled paper and itself fully recyclable. We source our seeds from a UK supplier, and all the wildflower seeds are of native UK origin. We don’t buy them in from mainland Europe where the mixes are not entirely of British species. We only supply seeds that are of British wildflowers, and therefore suitable for our climate and insects.
Twig pencils – We source our unique twig pencils from a dedicated Fairtrade wholesaler. The pencils are crafted from natural tamarind tree branches in Thailand by a small family business. Our supplier has visited the family personally to ensure its eco credentials and its Fairtrade status.
Spinner – made from sustainable beech with our cheerful “Have a great day!” message, these are FSC certified.
Bird whistle – from Java, Indonesia, it’s Fairtrade and handmade from bamboo. Blow gently into the whistle, moving the stick up and down to create a magical birdsong. Take it outside and see which birds you can start a conversation with. Please note some of the whistles come with a small CE sticker on, which is a legal requirement for some toys.
Paper glasses – Made from thick paper, these super fun glasses can be coloured in and enjoyed by the children and when the time comes can be recycled with your paper and card collection. Unlike masks or party hats, there are no elasticated bands or staples – just 100% recyclable paper.
Colouring-in activity sheets – these activity sheets with keep little hands and minds busy. Printed on recycled paper.
Party Bag – Our newspaper bags are made by an NGO whose main objective is to provide education and shelter to street children. This eco-friendly product is made from recycled Indian newspaper. The organisation was started in 2004 by street children who wanted to give something back in return for the opportunities which had allowed them to escape desperate circumstances. These elder children, now with children of their own, generate an income by making newspaper bags and jute items. This allows them to take care of the children that they have taken in from the streets surrounding New Delhi train station. Support for this wonderful project means that these children can enjoy going to school and playing, rather than pulling rickshaws, shoe polishing, rag picking and worse.
The newspapers are either in Indian language or English. They are made from recycled newspapers, this is why sometimes your bag will have a completed crossword!
Eco Hero Card – Bright and fun card to keep that comes with a wordsearch game and fun tips to help kids become eco heroes.