Onkaparinga couple take their eco-message to the big screen

With four children Jonathan and Tina Hart have hosted many parties. Yet something wasn’t right. With a concern for the environment, using non-sustainable products took the shine off the celebrations. The alternative was hours spent at the kitchen sink washing dishes — also unappealing.

This is the driver behind Eco Party Box, and after eight years of single-mindedly singing the praises of compostable products, Jonathan and Tina now have a diverse audience. From parties and weddings, to festivals and on-trend cafes, their customers are choosing stainless steel straws over plastic, and bunting over balloons.

An unexpected consumer, filmmaker Carly Wilson, was so impressed by the business idea that she flew from Queensland to feature Jonathan and Tina in her documentary Rubber Jellyfish. The Adelaide premier screened at Wallis Noarlunga last October, presenting compelling evidence that balloon debris is responsible for unprecedented numbers of deaths among marine life.

The City of Onkaparinga has validated Eco Party Box with an ON Business Partner Program grant of $3000 to provide local festivals with bin covers, ensuring disposable tableware and food scraps make it into the appropriate bins.

“Onkaparinga is among the most progressive councils in Australia; has been for years,” Jonathan says. “Moving away from balloons and towards compostable products at public events is impressive; as is managing festival waste so that compostables and recyclables don’t needlessly go to landfill. It’s something other councils should be looking to implement too.”

“We don’t want to be party poopers,” Tina says. “But we want to encourage people to party sustainably; to celebrate the occasion with a lighter ecological footprint.”

Contact Eco Party Box today for all your sustainable party needs.

Courtesy of Onkaparinga Now.