Sussex mum creates eco party box for children’s parties

A Sussex mum-of-two who is trying to do her bit for the environment has created an ‘eco party box’ that people can hire for children’s parties.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 11:40 am

Alex Kidgell, 38, said she was horrified by the amount of waste parties create – prompting her to put together the party box with items that can be washed and reused again.

“A friend of mine hired a similar service in Windsor and I thought, what a good idea,” she told the Express.

“I had a look to see if there was anything like it in Lewes and there wasn’t, so I thought I could step it up.

Sussex mum Alex Kidgell is doing her bit for the environment. Picture: Peter Cripps

“I’m a mum of two boys, aged five and two, so I’ve been to a fair few kids’ parties in recent times!

“I’ve been a bit horrified by the amount of waste these kind of parties create – so many non-recyclable paper plates and cups that go straight into landfill.

“We’re all so eco-conscious these days that I thought the would be demand to hire a party kit that can be washed and reused over and over again.”

The ‘Lewes eco party box’ contains plates, cups, bowls, jugs, serving platters/trays, birthday bunting and a selection of colourful, checked tablecloths.

Alex Kidgell. Picture: Peter Cripps

It caters to 30 children. It can be hired out for just £10, plus a £10 refundable deposit. People can also hire out a set of 12 beach balls and a cake stand. Both extras are just £2 each.

Alex, a professional singer, said she was not doing it for money – but simply to do her bit for the environment.

“Being a mum – I want to help other mums and I am trying to do my little bit to save the planet,” she commented.

“I have had a lot of positive feedback.

“People have said ‘what a great idea’ and ‘i’ll be in touch’. If it takes off I’ll expand it to more than one box.

“It is just a small change and there are more changes I would like to make.”

Alex has set up a Facebook: page: @lewesecopartybox to promote the eco party box.

A recent review said: “We hired the party box and beach balls – it was brilliant!

“I would highly recommend using the kit. It contains everything you could possibly want when throwing a birthday party.”