If you have been put in charge of throwing an eco-friendly event, you can be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed.
Organising a formal event is challenging enough, but it can seem like an insurmountable task when you add sustainability into the mix.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.
From hiring the right partners, choosing a green destination, and focusing on eco-friendly promotional materials, keep reading to find out how you can throw the ultimate eco-friendly event without losing your cool.
Find the perfect partners
The first thing you need to do is to contact all the potential vendors and partners to find out about their sustainability practices. This will instantly enable you to see who can help you to throw an eco-friendly event and who will only hinder your efforts.
In terms of promotional materials, the Soyang recyclable range of banner materials is compliant with the latest eco regulations and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Pick a green destination
Where you choose to hold your event will have a huge impact on how environmentally friendly it will turn out to be. Most councils will have a sustainability planning department that should be able to help you make the right choice for your event.
Be sure to ask about any initiatives they are running that could help to support your sustainability goals and ask for their overall sustainability performance rating.
If you have people travelling from further afield to attend your event, you need to think about how they will get there.
Is your event destination near to local hotels, or will attendees have to travel far to attend? The nearer your event is to amenities, the fewer people will have to travel and the lower the carbon footprint.
Don’t forget to also look into public transport, as these are much more environmentally friendly than people having to travel to your event by car.
Are you planning to give out tangible invitations to your guests? If yes, you should consider switching to e-invites as these are much more eco-friendly. It can also be a good idea to communicate about your event using an event app as this will save on materials also.
At the event itself, refrain from giving out plastic water bottles and instead set up hydration stations where people can pour their own water into recycled cups.
Reduce your energy consumption
Big events often require lots of energy to run, but there are ways to reduce your energy consumption without impacting the success of your event. Firstly, simply by choosing a LEED-certified venue, you will be using a building with high efficiency and low wastage.
Other ways to reduce your energy consumption include keeping the lighting to a minimum where possible, keeping the air condition/heating off when people are entering and leaving and implementing a power down plan for the end of the day.