Greener gifting & an elephant named Bryan.

An Elephant named Bryan


I want to share a personal story with you, of which I’m very proud.


Last weekend we celebrated my daughter’s 9th birthday with a party for 10 of her friends. My daughter asked that her friends didn’t bring presents and instead if they wanted, they could make a small donation so that she might raise £36 to adopt an animal from the WWF.

I thought this was a lovely idea, and have often wondered how we can halt the tsunami of gifts parents purchase for the seemingly endless children’s birthday parties. But, I confess I felt a little nervous as I sent out the invite to the WhatsApp group; presents are the accepted norm, was asking for a monetary donation to a charity wrong? I felt unsure of the etiquette. Needless to say, the response was overwhelmingly positive, from both the parents and the children. 

We raised £200 and Molly and her friends held a vote at the party to decide which animals to adopt and what they should be called, the results were:

1.     A Jaguar, named Chai
2.     A Snow Leopard, named Blizzard
3.     A Giant Panda, named Hope
4.     And an Elephant, named Bryan (because that’s what happens when you let your 3-year-old brother choose).

Changing our habits can be hard, suggesting a new approach isn’t always easy. But, my daughter and her friends have really inspired me, I think children are more open to change than adults think and many of her friends said they now want to do the same for their next party.  

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