7 ideas to bring your stall to life

Here are a few interactive ideas to help make your stalls fun and engaging. Read more top tips on how to run a great stall on our website. 

 Ealing Friends of the Earth asked people to sort items into how long they take to decompose

Ealing Friends of the Earth asked people to sort items into how long they take to decompose

  1. Which decomposes first? Place a selection of objects made with different materials on your stall and ask people to put them in order of how long they take to naturally break down. You can also ask them to guess how long each one takes to decompose. Example: banana, envelope, wooden toy, tin can, plastic crisp packet.

    KEY POINT: plastic stays in the environment for hundreds of years – take the average plastic bag: used for just a few minutes it will stay around for hundreds of years.     

    Answers: banana, two years; envelope (without a plastic window) 2 - 6 weeks; wooden toy (if painted), 13 years; tin can, 50 years; crisp packet, 1,000 years.
  2. Does it contain plastic? Display a range of objects on your stall, some which contain plastic and some which don’t. Ask people to say whether they think they contain plastic or not, and where the plastic is. Some of them could quite obviously contain plastic while some could be items where plastic is more hidden. Examples of objects containing hidden plastic: tea bags, clothing, coffee cups.

    KEY POINT: plastic is not always visible, and some plastics are so tiny you’d a microscope to see them, but these are just as damaging to the environment as larger plastics.

    Note: Co-op 99 tea bags soon won’t contain plastic.  Shirts and dresses are often made from a polyester and cotton mix, the former is a type of plastic.
  3. How do you think we should tackle plastic pollution? Ask people to vote on how the group could beat plastic – should you do some beach or urban cleans? Host a film screening? Write to and visit your MP? Most importantly during this activity, don’t forget to ask them to help, and which things they’d be up for helping with.
  4. Plastic swap shop. Get hold of some plastic-free alternatives to things like toothbrushes, tea bags, and so forth and invite people to bring their plastic versions and swap them with yours for a donation. There are plenty of plastic-free items available at the Plastic-Free Shop: https://www.theplasticfreeshop.co.uk/
  5. Display of plastic from the park. So you’re doing a stall in your local park – why not spend 10 minutes collecting plastic litter before you start and showing people what you found in just a short time (hopefully not very much – or maybe none at all - but litter in many parks in Summer can be a big problem).
  6. Plastic-Free heroes. Invite people to be plastic-free heroes and share their tips for living without plastic. You could hang a big sheet or large piece of paper for people to write their tips on with their name, and create a huge canvas of tips.
  7. Plastic-Free pledge selfies. Create a large speech bubble template for people to write plastic-free pledges on, such as ‘I’m going to get a plastic-free toothbrush’ or ‘I’m going to join #PlasticFreeFriday’ and take pictures and tweet them with #PlasticFreeFriday. Or you could get people to write their pledges on a chalkboard and take a picture of that and tweet it at the end of the day.
  8. Create a bunting/washing line of plastic rubbish - either from your own rubbish bins, or collected  beforehand.