Across the UK and Commonwealth, communities will come together this June to commemorate 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. And while celebrations of many kinds can become unintentionally inconsiderate towards the planet, there is a unique initiative to enhance the sustainability surrounding this date. Read on as we consider three simple steps to marking a more eco-friendly Jubilee.
1 – Non-disposable decorations
Decorations are the all-important backdrop for setting the scene of a royal celebration, but bunting, banners and balloons are tied up in a throwaway culture. Instead of buying disposable, plastic decorations that ultimately contribute to landfill or endanger wildlife, consider making your own. From recycled paper garlands, to reusable pom-poms, rag-tie ribbons and repurposed bunting using old bed sheets, there is something for everyone. So don’t be shy – try your hand at some simple, easy crafting for a planet-friendly Platinum gathering.
2 – Plastic-free party food
The festivities wouldn’t be complete without a feast. Whether you’re hosting a get-together, attending a street party or heading off on a more humble affair, consider how you can minimise waste when you get there. Instead of buying buffet classics packaged in plastic, consider baking your own treats using natural, ethically and sustainably-sourced ingredients. Decide whether you really need those single-use plates and cups, and be sure to ditch the cling film. Sourcing sustainable food storage options is both a satisfying and significant swap, with a range of options from stainless steel containers to fabric bowl covers and beeswax wraps.
3 – Jubilee tree legacy
Last but definitely not least, there is a special environmental focus to the Platinum Jubilee. The Queen’s Green Canopy invites you to leave a lasting legacy and plant a tree for the Jubilee. Planning, planting and protecting is at the heart of this scheme, encouraging everyone to play their part to enhance the environment for future generations. Get inspired by the small, eco-friendly businesses leading the way, such as The Den Kit Company who have put together creative kits to get involved and become a monarch of your own outdoor kingdom.
There are many simple ways to celebrate more sustainably. Share how you’ll be marking this monarchy milestone in the comments below.
Written by Hannah Stark