How to Make Your Event More Eco-Friendly
Whether you’re planning an event big or small there are lots of ways that you can ensure your event is as eco-friendly as possible. With sustainability at the forefront of everyone’s mind, creating an environmentally friendly event is a great opportunity to increase awareness.
To create a truly eco-friendly event you need to think about it from the moment you start your planning. Some of the things you might not even consider could make the biggest difference.
Here are a few ways that you can make your next event a green one:
Make the most of natural lighting
One of the first things you’re going to think about when planning your event is the venue. Choosing an eco-friendly venue is the perfect way to start. A green outdoor space would be an ideal venue, weather permitting of course. This way you save on using heaps of electricity for lighting by making the most of the natural light, you could even decorate the space with eco-friendly decorations and use soy-based candles for extra lighting if needed. A tent could solve any wet weather issues, but if an outside venue isn’t doable then holding your event during the day in a venue that is swamped by natural light can work equally as well.
Think about distance and transportation
If you’re really dedicated to creating a green event, then considering how far attendees are going to have to travel and how they will get to the venue is extremely important when trying to lower your carbon footprint.
Arrange group transportation if possible, so that not as many vehicles have to be used. Choose a venue that is close to a train station so that attendees can arrive by train and if possible, choose a location where attendees can access necessities by foot.
Create digital invites
To be totally green you will want to avoid using paper, otherwise, you may create mixed messages by handing out paper invitations to an eco-friendly event. So, it’s vital you make all marketing materials digital. Send out email invitations, create social media pages to promote your event, you could even design a dedicated website to provide information about the event and publish updates. This is also a great way to increase awareness of your event and encourage engagement.
This doesn’t mean you have to make sacrifices. You can still maintain the style and serve delicious food and drink even while being green. It’s easy to find biodegradable plates, bowls, cutlery and food packaging and if you are concerned about aesthetics, bamboo and wooden options can often look just as good.
Sustainable cups aren’t hard to come by these days but if you wanted to you could use branded reusable cups and make attendees pay a deposit for the cups that they will get refunded once they have returned the cup. This method is being largely adopted these days as it greatly decreases waste.
Clearly labelled recycling stations
Ensure that you have multiple recycling stations set up around the event making them easy to be seen and accessed. Get creative with labelling by tying in the brand theme and message, you can even start to promote this in the marketing leading up to the event to reinforce the green event policy.
Creating an eco-friendly event is the perfect way to make a positive impact and encourage everyone to give back to the environment. Show your commitment to it by making it a dominant theme throughout your event marketing and your attendees should, in turn, help you to make your green event a success.