Event planning can be quite demanding, and striving to incorporate sustainability introduces an intricate and time-intensive aspect to any event project. At Eventcomms Agency, we embrace simplicity. Here are some effortless methods to foster sustainability without burdening your project with additional hours.
- Lanyards and Badges
99% of traditional badges and lanyards will end up in landfill. Because lanyards and traditionally made of 2 – 3 materials (metal clasp and cotton wrapping) they cannot be recycled. This can be easily changed.
Work with your preferred printing and badging supplier to create new concepts for your events. We recently came across PC Nametag who gave us lots of ideas for lanyards and badges which can be 100% recycled post-event.
Another fun way can be just to ask participants to submit their favourite brand or TV show when they register and print this on their lanyard. Then ask them to keep this lanyard for all future events they attend so they reduce their footprint even further!
- Plastic Water Bottles
These should be outlawed but are seen at most events we still attend. Our favourite idea here is to give participants a water bottle which is functional and attractive enough for them to use repeatedly. Bring in a company to offer hydration stations around the event spaces like Refill so participants can fill up with cold, refreshing, filtered water and save plastic waste.
- Bin/Trash Signage that makes sense
At a recent event, we met the lovely Toni Griggs from Isla. Toni shared the below image with us, and such simple signage can make all the difference when it comes to categorising our rubbish/trash. Tell people in simple signage and language what goes where with easy-to-read symbols.
- Event Signage
Foamcore is not recyclable. Honeycomb boards, such as Falconboard, are paper-based alternatives to Foamcore. Made from renewable resources and/or with post-consumer-waste content, Falconboard is 100% recyclable. A recent client of Eventcomms Agency went for Falconboard instead of Foamcore. It looked the same, was high quality, and was not significantly more expensive than the Foamcore option. Ask local printers about eco-friendly options.