The conversation surrounding our environment and climate change is accelerating. Now, more than ever, the demand for conscious consumer behaviour and sustainable initiatives from businesses has formed an integral part of their overall strategy. We are all choosing to support brands that are committed to the cause of sustainability, and we are very serious about it!
Sustainable development is a hot topic for both B2C and B2B events. Event organisers, brands and businesses are taking notice of the need to create events with a reduced carbon footprint.
We work directly with event organisers, eco friendly festivals, large scale events and sporting experiences providing the most sustainable solutions, when it comes to cups, for your business. Here we take a look at some innovative and sustainable event ideas for 2023. These ideas can be adapted and customised based on the type and scale of the event you're planning.
Say NO to single use plastic!
You’ve seen the videos showing the scale of pollution of plastic in our environment. Did you also know that the following products are now banned:
- Single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)
- Single-use plastic plates
- Plastic straws
- Cotton bud sticks made of plastic
- Plastic balloon sticks
- Oxo-degradable plastics and food containers and expanded polystyrene cups
Most disposable plastics are NOT easy to recycle and they are a logistical nightmare to deal with when it comes to waste management. Make sure that you have sufficient water stations with reusable cups and replace plastic spoons and straws with bamboo-based products. Reusable cups are the ONLY green and most sustainable alternative. Did you know that our eco friendly cups are the only solution that actually takes single use plastic seriously?
Education and Awareness
Your event is a platform for education! Use it as an opportunity to talk to your attendees about sustainability. Work with partners on sustainability messaging, use wayfinding methods to enhance the messaging and place posters around the site. Depending on the type of event, you could host workshops and panel discussions on topics like climate change, sustainability and environmental conservation. You could also incorporate interactive activities that help educate attendees and inspire sustainable practices beyond the event.
Consider alternative transport solutions
Transport is a major element that impacts the sustainability of your event. You can alleviate this by encouraging attendees to use eco-friendly transportation options. Provide incentives for carpooling, offer bike racks and bike-sharing services, and provide information on public transportation routes to your venue.
You can focus on minimising waste by using reusable plates, cups, and utensils - but make sure that you educate attendees on proper disposal methods. Instead of purchasing large quantities of single-use cups repeatedly, you can invest in durable and high-quality reusable cups that can be used for multiple events, over and over! Over time, this can lead to significant savings for the business. Be sure to set up designated waste reduction stations with clearly labeled bins for recycling, composting, and landfill waste.
When choosing your venue, look for spaces that prioritise sustainability and that may have implemented energy-efficient practices. Alternatively, you could consider powering your event with renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power or use a local renewable energy provider to supply electricity for the event.
Local and Sustainable Vendors
Support local! Working with sustainable businesses, and partnering with vendors who prioritise eco-friendly practices will ensure that your food and beverage options are locally sourced, organic, and use only sustainable ingredients.
You can implement water-saving measures such as low-flow faucets, water-efficient dishwashing systems, and waterless or composting toilets - And encourage attendees to conserve water by providing signage and reminders. Make sure that you partner with a sustainable reusable cup provider and that you provide water stations for refilling.
Offer sustainable and useful giveaways to attendees. Consider items like reusable tote bags, stainless steel water bottles, or eco-friendly stationery that has been made from recycled materials.
Calculate your event's carbon emissions and offset them by investing in certified carbon offset projects. This can help neutralise the environmental impact of your event and then you can support initiatives like reforestation, renewable energy projects, or energy-efficient projects.
Digital Marketing and Promotion
In this digital age, we can all utilise online registration and ticketing systems to minimise paper usage. Provide digital tickets or e-tickets that can be scanned at the entrance. For the promotion of the event, make the most of email marketing, social media, and event websites for invitations, updates, and registration.
Sustainability is a journey, and even small steps can make a significant difference. Investment in green projects is now influencing the events industry more than ever before. Adapt these ideas to suit your event and explore innovative ways to reduce its environmental impact.
If you are interested in making your event a greener environment, try our branded event and festival cups.
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