Sustainability and eco-friendly event practices
Sustainability and eco-friendly practices have become more important than ever. We need to make sure we are doing what we can to combat the effects of climate change to ensure a brighter future for all. This includes event planning.
One of the main elements organisers can firstly consider is their venue. An option could be to choose a location that is easily accessible by public transportation to reduce attendees carbon footprints, or encourage car shares so attendees can carpool with each other. You can also consider the venue’s sustainable practices, choosing a venue that may use renewable energy sources, reduces its plastic use or recycling programs.
Next, think about using recyclable materials for packaging, signs, and promotional letters and posters. Don’t forget to also minimise single use plastics by opting for biodegradable or reusable alternatives wherever possible.
If you are serving food, this can also be an important element in creating a sustainable event. You could use local or organic food options, which helps support local farmers, reduces transportation emissions but will also create incredibly tasty food! Also using food that is in season will help to reduce emissions. Why not also consider serving more vegetarian or vegan options as these generally have a lower carbon footprint than meat options. If you then have any leftovers, these could be donated to a local food shelter rather than being thrown away.
Technology should also be considered to significantly help reduce your event’s environmental impact. Utilise digital options such as an app or an event website for event registration, ticketing, and communication to minimise paper waste. Use electronic displays instead of printed posters and signs, and provide electronic copies of handouts or presentations using pdfs or a QR code from which attendees can download the content. Using email for all communication can also hugely reduce paper wastage.
Your event can also help to educate attendees about sustainability and eco friendly practices without it being the main focus. For example, providing recycling bins throughout the venue or subtle signage that promotes eco-friendly behavior without being over-preachy.
Or even encouraging exhibitors and sponsors to align with your sustainability values. Highlighting only eco-friendly freebees and promotional material can be used.
These practices will help you make a huge difference in lowering your event’s environmental impact. This will help contribute to a more sustainable future and is a great example to show attendees. Sustainability and eco-friendly practices shouldn’t just be seen as a trend, it’s definitely seen as being hugely important in today’s society and each small change can help in creating a bigger impact.
Speak with our team today about more ways to make your events more sustainable.