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About Party Kits for Schools UK

The Party Kit Network has created these awards because we are passionate about the power that reusables have to reduce our carbon footprint. We want to enable more children access reusable tableware for parties helping to reduce waste and protect our planet. 

Party kits offer a really simple solution to the problem of unnecessary waste created by parties. Borrowed for the party and then returned to be used again, party kits are a practical alternative to single-use items like paper plates and plastic cups. Party kits contain tableware and decorations which can be used many many times.


We believe parties can be joyful and fun-filled without leaving a legacy of waste that will sit in landfill for years to come. 


Disposable party tableware is often made from mixed materials and contaminated by food waste meaning they are difficult to recycle. Sharing reusable tableware within local communities is an easy way to reduce waste, use less of our planet's precious resources and reduce the carbon footprint of our celebrations.

Party kits make a great eco-friendly fundraiser for school communities and offer an opportunity for children to see firsthand the positive impact that making a more sustainable choice can have.

The Party Kits for Schools awards gives 3 schools communities in the UK the opportunity to set up their own party kit. This can then be used by school families and the wider community helping to both reduce waste and raise funds for their school. 

Nominations are open from Friday 8th September 2023 until 27th October 2023. Nominations will be reviewed by our panel of judges and the winning schools will each receive a complete party kit for 30 together with support from the Party Kit Network to get the new kit running successfully. There is an additional prize for the school who are awarded the Zero Waste Maman Award; they will also receive a complete set of Wild Tribe Heroes books with a virtual visit from the author Ellie Jackson. 

This year's awards are open to preschool and school settings (for children aged between 2 to 11) based in the UK. 

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More about the Party Kit Network

Zero Waste Maman award

This award has been created in memory of Claire Sumners, known to many as Zero Waste Maman.


Claire was an environmentalist and champion for reducing single-use plastics. She was a regional rep for Surfers Against Sewage and founder of Plastic Free Seaford.  She inspired people across the UK via her social media account @zero_waste_maman.

Claire lost her battle with cancer in 2022 leaving her husband Chris and two young children. We miss her passion and infectious optimism and will forever be grateful for her support.

You can watch Claire talking about her work with Plastic Free Seaford in this video.

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