Make your catering stalls more eco-friendly by asking visitors to
bring their own containers, plates and plastic cups. Provide an
incentive by charging them a reduced price for tea and cake.
Hire eco-friendly party packs for your PTA events to cut down on
paper and plastic waste. Or buy your own and loan them to other
schools to increase your income.
Greener event planning
When holding a disco, choose eco-glitter or UV glow paint as an eco-friendly
alternative to plastic novelties. There's less waste, and it's
friendlier on the budget too.
Wash out empty pots thoroughly and upcycle them or use them for
When preparing for your summer fair, borrow crockery and tableware
from church halls or community groups.
Request donations of fabric scraps from parents and ask local
crafting groups to help make bunting.
To decorate your event, get the children crafting by making paper
chains - no need to use tape to put your creations up, simply use
one of the paper chain links.
Hold a gift bag amnesty for your secret gift shop. Not only are the
bags reused, you will also save money on wrapping paper. After each
secret shop, place a box in reception where parents can re-donate
the bags if they wish.
Ensure you have adequate, well-labelled bins for successfully
recycling waste created at events. Don't forget to collect items,
such as crisp packets to be sent to TerraCycle for an extra income boost.
Instead of spending money, time and resources wrapping stall prizes
and Santa's grotto gifts in single-use paper, wrap one large box
and make it a lucky dip instead. If you have gender-specific
prizes, you could have a girls' and a boys' box.
Ask parents to regift unused or duplicate Christmas presents to
your PTA to build a stock of gifts ready for selling in the new
year. Perfect for your Mother's Day gift rooms or jumble
Eco-friendly event ideas
Host an eco-product crafternoon! Make biodegradable birdfeeders
using half an orange to contain the mix and thread wool or twine to
hang. Paint rocks to use as plant labels (use pet-friendly outdoor
paint), or make your own beeswax wraps using donated scraps of
fabric and local beeswax. Find a
beekeeping association near you.
Many supporters will buy gifts for loved ones at your events, so
why not sell school-branded eco-friendly shopping bags too? To help
sell even more, engage in some marketing before the event takes
place. Discover printed product suppliers here.
If you have any unsold, handmade creations remaining from your
winter or summer fair, sell them at other local fairs and markets
to maximise profits and save having to store them.
In the run-up to fancy dress events such as World Book Day, ask for
donations of children's costumes. Charge a minimal amount for
purchases and set up a swap system: donate a costume and receive
When you have upcoming fancy dress events, share ideas with your
community to encourage them to make use of what they already have,
Harry Potter: Halloween cloak, hat and a stick wand
The Hungry Caterpillar: Green tracksuit, butterfly wings, face
paint and a hairband or bunches for antennae
The White Rabbit: Waistcoat, watch and bunny ears
Where's Wally: Striped jumper, blue trousers, glasses and a bobble
On the first non-uniform day after your school production, ask
people to donate their costumes, which the school can retain for
use every year.
Combine forces with other local schools and create an eco-league.
Together you can share tips and advice, consolidate and share
responsibility for recycling and encourage some friendly
competition. Find out if there's a local eco group in your town and
reach out to them. Make it a team effort!
The Woodland Trust offers free tree packs to
schools and communities. Visit their website for more details.
Not sure how to spread the eco message throughout your PTA?
Gradually introduce your environmental thinking without
overwhelming the committee or putting off supporters. Make your PTA greener