Sustainability is officially more than just a #hashtag and more than just a trending buzzword. Event production companies are becoming more conscious of how they can minimise waste and their ecological footprint when planning and executing fabulous events. Many of LTL’s clients are making mindful decisions to make their events more sustainable – such as choosing biodegradable products, solar powered instruments, selecting sustainable produce or implementing recyclable and biodegradable waste management plans.
Below are some of our handy hints and tips for your next event – to help you make small changes that will make your event both fabulous and eco-friendly!
Keep it Local and Sustainable
Choosing local (and if you’re inclined, organic) not only helps you keep your suppliers and producers close to the venue so they don’t have to travel far, but it also reduces the overall food mileage of the produce itself. Food mileage is where the food and produce bought has to travel far distances to the venue or event site, which increases carbon emissions emitted into the environment. By making the decision to buy locally and seasonally, you continue to support local Australian smallholders, producers and suppliers – let’s help keep the little guys in business!
Choose Your Venue Wisely
While many venues claim to provide sustainability initiatives, few have actually been certified as having a legitimate environmental rating. For example, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition centre has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, being the first and only convention centre in the world to have that standard. If you’re intent on choosing a sustainable venue, do your due diligence, and make sure you’re happy with what the venue can offer you!
Waste Not, Want Not
While you may have chosen to source your produce locally and seasonally, a reality of planning any event is the remaining and leftover food, which is often placed straight into landfill. But don’t worry, we have a solution to your waste woes! Companies like OzHarvest and FareShare rescue excess or perishable food, delivering it to charities and organisations that provide food to those in need. This not only provides a sustainable alternative to throwing away all that beautiful food, but you are also giving back to the community.
NOT So Plastic Fantastic
There is a reason that plastic is slowly disappearing from our daily lives. We have woken up to the fact that non-biodegradable and non-recyclable materials like plastic are extremely harmful to our environment. LTL is committed to reducing our plastic consumption, and encourage all our clients to do so when planning an event. When it comes to producing an event, we love CAPI bottled water and soft drinks – the glass bottles allow us to recycle them with ease post-event, and we source them locally from Victoria. By making one small decision to choose products that are more environmentally friendly, you can make a difference to the environment, one bottle at a time.
Get Cheeky With Your Paper
Most of us wouldn’t associate the word ‘recyclable’ with ‘toilet paper’. But toiler paper, is just that, paper! ‘Who Gives a Crap’ toilet paper is 100% recyclable and they donate 50% of their profits to Wateraid, an international charity committed to roving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. You may not think that by choosing ‘Who Gives a Crap’ toilet paper would make a difference to the environment, but again, small changes make big differences one step (or one flush) at a time.
If you care about the environment, and want to know more about sustainable trends in event management, LTL is here to help! Give us a call, send us an email (paperless post please!) and we’d be delighted to help you make a difference at your next event!