Sustainable swaps for a summer party

Welcome to the next instalment in our greener living series. Every month, hush’s Ethical and Sustainability Coordinator (AKA Sustainable Steph) will be suggesting some simple, everyday swaps we can all make to be kinder to the planet

We’ve become experts at the whole ‘do it at home’ thing this summer. But while we’re happily retiring our homemade haircuts and experiments with pizza dough to the memory box, there’s still one thing we’ll be doing ourselves: festivals. Gone is Glastonbury. The only way we’ll be going to Reading and Leeds is on a socially-distanced city break. Notting Hill Carnival? Next summer’s dream.

And yet, as the old saying goes: when there’s a garden, there’s a way. We might not have the big-name bands, but we do have speakers, sunshine and loos without queues that go round half a campsite (our exclusive guest lists only have room for five, after all). 

And the best bit? There’ll be a heck of a lot less mess at the end. Everything from decorations to drinks can be made environmentally friendly, and Sustainable Steph has done the searching for you. From greener glitter to eco-friendly spirits, here are her sustainable swaps for a summer party.

Ecostardust's biodegradable glitter

“It’s not a festival without daubing your face in glitter, but for an eco-conscious sparkle why not replace plastic glitter for EcoStardust’s biodegradable creations, instead? It’s derived predominantly from non-GMO sustainably farmed eucalyptus trees – and still looks glittery and gorgeous!”

Cotton bunting

“One of the things I hate seeing after a festival or party is the battered decorations left outside. So, when choosing how to decorate your space, avoid choosing single use decorations and instead opt for ones you can reuse again and again. For example, I love this cotton bunting – it’s a classic decoration and oh-so-British.”

Sapling Spirits and Cooper King

“If it’s going to be a boozy affair, swap your regular drinks for independent alcohol companies who are making strides in sustainability. Sapling Spirits plants a tree for every bottle sold of their home-grown vodka, or if gin is more your thing, try Cooper King – an independent, self-built distillery powered by 100% green energy who donate 1% of their annual profits to environmental causes.”

Solar powered lighting

“Sitting around a campfire with a few beers is a festival staple, but I can’t help but be alarmed at the carbon emissions released by the burning wood. So, for a more planet-friendly sundowner, create the same ambience by choosing solar powered lanterns from The Solar Centre, instead.”

Reusable straws

“It’s been said a thousand times before, but I’ll say it again: plastic straws are terrible for the planet. Instead, I’ll be sipping on my beverages responsibly at my summer parties with these reusable metal straws from Wild and Stone – and the gorgeous rainbow finish is perfect for a festival.”