The world is recognizing the need to become more eco-friendly and people and businesses are taking measures to reduce their negative impact on the environment. Weddings, meetings, conferences, celebrations, charity events, fundraisers, board meetings, product launches – any type of event can be a sustainable event. As an event planner, I can help your event #GoGreen and reduce your carbon impact by taking steps to make our events more sustainable.
When planning your next event, you can make small changes that will make a huge difference to our planet.
5 Ways to Create a Sustainable Event
You might think the idea of compostable dinnerware is tres déclassé, but sustainable materials like bamboo, sugarcane, and palm leaf add a tres chic look to your event. These materials are bio-degradable and can serve as compost for plants. Use sugarcane straws instead of traditional plastic straws that are harmful to the environment. Sugarcane is plastic-free and better yet, it won’t get soggy as paper straws do!
2 .Recycle Waste
A simple way to make your event more environmentally-friendly is to provide recycling bins. Make sure to have enough of them and put them right next to trash bins so it is easy and convenient for your guests to recycle paper, plastic, or glass.
3. Floral Arrangements
Flowers are an amazing addition to any event and make your decor look natural and beautiful. However, flowers often get thrown away at the end of events. Reduce your carbon footprint by buying locally grown flowers from a local florist instead of having them shipped – this saves carbon emissions. Also consider reusing floral centerpieces and decorations by giving them away as gifts to attendees.
Food is an aspect of your event that is easily wasted. Leftovers get thrown away when the guest count is lower than you planned. There are some great programs for caterers to package any leftovers at the end of the event and deliver them to food banks or local shelters. By making this simple decision, you can be assured that any leftover food won’t go to waste.
Ditch the plastic and ask your guests to bring re-usable water bottles – or hand branded water bottles out as an event favor! Plastic takes years to degrade in a landfill! Set up a flavored
Making your next event eco-friendly doesn’t take a lot of work but it does require ingenuity and persistence to find “green” vendors and reduce your carbon footprint. Sustainable event planners have innovative strategies, green contacts and new ideas to coordinate an eco-friendly event. Choosing the right sustainable event planner can save you time and money so you are assured yor event is environmentally-friendly and can focus on the other aspect of your event.