Regardless of its size, the unavoidable truth is that your event is likely to create a lot of unnecessary waste and pollution. As a result, beginning to implement eco-friendly practices in an effort to improve the sustainability of your events is always a good idea — and with environmentalism rightly becoming an increasingly pressing issue across all aspects of society, there’s been no better time to start than right now!
That’s why today, we’re offering up 3 simple ways you can make your future events that little bit more friendly for Mother Earth, helping you think more consciously about your eco-footprint and, as a result, better understand how some little changes can accumulate to having a big impact.
Assess your choice in venue
Choosing the right venue is a fundamental part of hosting an eco-friendly event, so it’s important you give yourself considerable time to plan ahead.
Your first consideration should be size — if you have 25 attendees, should you really be hiring a venue that is capable of hosting 1000?
(No!) Think of the massive amounts of energy this would waste from unnecessary quantities of heating and lighting, for one!
Another important consideration when it comes to your venue is its location and accessibility. For example, opting for a logical location that is conveniently close to the majority of your attendees will help reduce car emissions by cutting down travel time.
Further this idea by trying to pick a venue with strong public transport connections, offering incentives such as reduced ticket prices to encourage guests to travel by these means. Quite a few useful things to consider while choosing an event venue!
Implement a clear disposal system
No matter what event-type you are hosting, there’s going to be waste. With this in mind, provide recycling bins and actively encourage their use over conventional bins by clearly signposting them and positioning them in easily accessible places around your venue.
Of course, there’s little point in introducing a recycling system if none of your waste is recyclable, so be sure to thoroughly consider whether items offered during your event are environmentally compatible.
For example, all refreshments should be served in an eco-friendly manner, so look to introduce eco-friendly packaging for all foods, disposable cutlery made of wood and reusable, biodegradable cups for your beverages.
The key is to keep it simple to ensure guests don’t get confused, so look to avoid long lists of dos and don’ts and instead opt for a clear color system for your plastics, paper, and disposables.
Not only will this go a long way in pumping up your recycling figures and, as a result, the sustainability of your event, but it will also help enhance a positive brand image to all your attendees by actively promoting your eco-friendly ethos.
Cut back on paper use
In today’s digital world, it’s easier than ever to go paperless. As a result, be sure to evaluate where you’re planning to use paper prior to your event and ask yourself one simple question — is there an easy alternative? You’ll be surprised how often the answer is yes!
If you were planning to send out invitations to your event or utilize a paper ticketing system, instead, opt for a digital event management software like Hubilo that offers hassle-free practicality without the need for paper.
From e-invites to digital QR ticketing through easy-to-use event apps, not only will using this platform help you dramatically cut back on your paper usage, but it will also make your event management significantly more simple both prior to your event and on the day itself — the very definition of a win-win situation!
Hosting an eco-friendly event doesn’t have to be a hassle. On the contrary, by making some simple changes to your usual operations, you could make drastic improvements to the sustainability of your events, while hopefully inspiring your attendees to start thinking more consciously about their own eco-footprint. After all, we’re all in this together.