The creating of Eco Party Box began in early 2011 and required gathering products from the most ethical sources while making sure they were as eco friendly as possible. It is an ever evolving process as we continue to come across products which set the bar ever higher. Ultimately our focus is on sourcing the most eco friendly party supplies around including biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery. Eco friendly decorations, party bag fillers, party stationery and wedding supplies.
Our goal is to play our role in healing the planet - that is helping our customers to plan and prepare an eco friendly party.
We also recognise that our customers want transparency from us too - so that they know their purchase is made in full awareness of the decisions that we have made to make the planet self-sustainable. Our emphasis is on providing wholesome, simple and natural party products.
We prefer to supply products that are fair trade, hand-made and locally-made. We favour FSC-certification and certified compostable products.
All our disposable tableware is either suitable for the home compost or the commercial compost. See the product descriptions for details on what is suitable for the home or commercial compost.
Below is a list of the eco party supplies we stock and products we use in packaging. We have listed what is used to make them and in what country they are made.
Areca Palm Leaf Tableware: Made from the naturally-shed fallen outer sheath of the Areca palm tree (AKA the Betel Nut tree). Areca Palm Leaf Plates are 100% compostable and support rural developments in India.
Bamboo Pulp Tableware: Made from bamboo pulp. Our preference is to carry unbleached products (a natural light brown colour). They comply with ASTM D6868 and EN13432 reports for compostability. Made in China.
Sugarcane Tableware: Made from sugarcane fibre that is 100% compostable. They comply with ASTM D6868 and EN13432 reports for compostability. Made in China
Paper Cups: Our paper cups comply with DIN EN13432:2000-12 reports for compostability and ISO 14001:2004. They are made from paper sourced from managed plantations that are SFI-certified are lined with PLA, a corn-based resin. They differ from normal paper cups which are lined with polyethylene, a petroleum-based plastic lining. Made in China.
Clear PLA Cups: Our clear cups comply with ISO 22000: 2005 and ISO 9001:2008. Made from Ingeo™ PLA - a plant-based plastic. Made in China.
For more information on the compostability of our cups click HERE.
Wooden Cutlery: Made from plantation birch. They comply with ASTM D6868 and EN13432 reports for compostability. Made in China.
Corn Starch Cutlery: Forks, Spoons and Knives made from PLA and CPLA. CPLA stands for Crystalized Poly Lactic Acid and is the name of a bioplastic made from non-GMO corn starch. They comply with ASTM D6868 and EN13432 reports for compostability. *It is more eco friendly than PSM corn starch cutlery which contains 12% plastic. Made in China.
Napkins: Made from 80% sugarcane fibre and 20% virgin fibre. Also recycled paper napkins. 100% compostable. Made from renewable crops. Made in China.
Felt Party Hats and Crowns: Our felt products are hand-made from 100% pure yak wool felt by a community of women in Nepal.
Beeswax Birthday and Number Candles/ Tealight and Table Candles: Our Tealight and Table Candles are made from certified organic beeswax in South Australia. Our birthday and number candles are made in America from 100% pure beeswax. Beeswax is natural and renewable. It actually improves air quality as it removes pollutants and allergens from the air when lit.
Biodegradable Straws: We offer compostabe straws in packs of 25 made in China and Kikkerland biodegradable paper straws. Made in Holland.
Party Bags: Our paper bag selection uses paper from renewable sources. Made in Australia by Paper-Pak.
Biodegradable Disposable Bag: We use Biobags which feature Mater-Bi a corn starch-based plastic which is an environmental alternative to polyethylene-based plastics. Mater-Bi is a completely compostable bio-polymer and meets Australian Standard: 4736:2006 and European Standard: EN 13432. Mater-Bi contains GMO-free starch and other renewable resources. Made in America.
Cards, Invitations and Wrapping Paper: From Earth Greetings, a South Australian company which designs & prints its cards and invitations carbon neutral in Australia with vegetable-based ink on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Made in Australia.
Envelopes: our envelopes from Ecocern which are made from 100% post consumer content. Made in Australia.
Grow Your Own Garden - Party Favour Packs: these packs consist of small compostable jiffy pots made from peat and wood fibre as well as a packet of organic seeds from Greenpatch Organic Seeds. Grown in Australia.
Bunting: Our eco garlands are made in America from Stone-paper by HipHooray! Our hand-made fabric bunting is made in China. Our crochet bunting is made by Clo's Craft Creations in South Australia.
Crayon Rocks: Our Crayon Rocks are made from natural soy wax, using soy beans and are colored with mineral pigments. Made in America.
Tumbled Gemstones: Our tumbled gemstones are cut in Brazil and tumbled in China.
Boxes: Our picnic hamper boxes (free with out our birthday, sugarcane and themed party boxes for 16 and 25) are made from 100% recycled cardboard. Made in Australia.
As a golden rule when our orders require a larger box than our custom-made 100% recycled content party boxes we only ever use our previously purchased brown unbleached cardboard boxes which contain some recycled content. We also use pre-used recyclable boxes and bags sourced locally. Occasionally we may use the non-bubble-wrap-lined Australia Post expandable tough bag (made from thick paper).
We choose never to use the plastic or degradable post-it bags which offer over night delivery.
Sellotape: Biodegradable cellulose Sellotape known as "enviro tape.
String: Eco friendly brown twine.
Paper: For receipts we use Ecocern brown paper made from 100% post consumer content. For office use we use 100% Evolve (100% recycled white paper). Made in Australia.
Printer Ink: As there is no home-based printer that uses vegetable-based ink we are always mindful to use as little ink as possible.
Stamp: (for package branding) Our stamp comes from Rubber Stamps Direct and uses red vegetable-based ink.
Paper Bags: We use Cast Away or Paper-Pak brown paper bags.
Packaging Paper: Marbig Enviro Kraft Paper Roll - our party boxes are all beautifully wrapped in eco brown paper and tied up with string (sing it "rainbows on roses and whiskers on kittens ..."). We use as little wrapping as possible while ensuring your products are packaged safely and hygienically.
Business Cards and Bookmarks: We use printtogether.com.au for our 100% recycled business cards. They are printed carbon neutral using only recycled cardboard and vegetable inks.
Delivery: We choose Australia Post for many of our deliveries. They are a member of the Green Fleet Project (www.greenfleet.com.au) a not-for-profit organisation that plants trees on behalf of companies to offset their vehicle emissions.
Bookkeeping: We use www.xero.com.au and send our invoices to www.receiptbank.com.au to limit paper use. We recycle all our paper we know longer need.
Hygiene: We clean our hands in detergent-free and chemical-free soap before packing our Boxes. We ensure all boxes are packed under sanitised conditions.