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Would you pay more for environmentally friendly, natural, FSC, organic craft parties?

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bluegaloo Sun 28-Apr-13 23:06:20

HI ALL, sorry if anyone thinks this post is in the wrong section but I'm new on here but looking forward to chatting.
Thanks for reading and please reply if you can :-)

# As a parent would you prefer cheap and cheerful or ethically focused/ organic/ natural but more expensive?
Leading to the question - would anyone be interested in this type of thing? or would a higher cost be to off putting?

I'm a nurse and a mother of 2 girls, but have always been very aware, that alot of the art and craft products they use have no information on the packaging or very little. Often it says "Non Toxic" and that is all, giving parents little idea of its origins or ingredients.

As my girls get older (7 & 13) I have become more annoyed by this and have endeavoured to search out and purchase craft supplies that live up to the expectations I have of other products such as:

- plastic should not be used and have found specialised, organic fabric splash mats and aprons, fairtrade sustainable cotton, bamboo paint brushes and paint trays;
- paints should be made from vegetables or plant dyes and not contain awful things;
- glue should be all natural including that on stickers etc;
- wood should be from FSC forests;
- paper, card and paper mache products should be made from recycled sources;
- everything should be suitable for vegetarians and nothing should have been tested on animals;
- no VOC's or bisophenal A;

I am wanting to start my own business, doing craft parties where I would bring everything and clear it all away. The activities would be high quality, geared to individual ages such as under 3, 4-6, 7-11, 12 and above, hen parties, weddings (to keep the kids busy) LOL!

Hopefully there are other parents out there like me and that I am not just some weird, obsessive, mother who has lost the plot and gone mad!

Please let me know what you think even if it's negative.

The question is - would anyone be interested in this type of thing? or would a higher cost be to off putting?

# As a parent would you prefer cheap and cheerful or ethically focused/ organic/ natural but more expensive?

Thanks for reading, Louise.

bluegaloo Mon 29-Apr-13 00:08:49

It's great to get independent feedback on the idea, even if it isn't't what I hoped to hear. So far I have only run it passed friends and family, who are not the most unbiased groups to ask for opinions! lol.
Louise

bluegaloo Sun 28-Apr-13 23:54:12

Thanks for taking the time to respond, it really helps :-)

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 28-Apr-13 23:40:44

Having said all that, I do think there are SOME people who would pay more but they are in the extreme minority in my opinion..

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 28-Apr-13 23:39:34

To be perfectly frank, I am very environmentally aware and I love crafting with my DDs....as such we use natural things....we tend to gather leaves, branches etc....we reuse packaging...save paper...if I were to pay for a party which was focused on crafting and organically geared then I would hope to find more of what nature provides as materials...so fir cones, sheep's wool, branches etc...I wouldn't appreciate paying more for specialised organic splash mats at all...I don't like cheap and cheerful...so avoid pink foam sheets and plastic shapes etc....but along with that comes a certain savvy...and that means I'm going to be a bit hmm at a party organiser charging more because the glue is free of additives or the mats are organic.

I wouldn't pay more no. I'd like a nature inspired party though...making things like this for instance would appeal.

If the glue or whatever was organic then that would be a plus rather than a selling point.

amazingmumof6 Sun 28-Apr-13 23:38:26

In theory - yes, good idea, an activity for children to do for the fun of it or to occupy them

but not as a child's birthday party, they want excitement and actually being active.

I'm a cheapskate, so I wouldn't pay extra, sorry.
ordinary stuff works fine. I don't buy organic clothes or food either (except for apples and whatever is on offer)

if the cost is equal I would choose the "green" option though

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