How To Incorporate Sustainability At Your Next Business Event
The interest in throwing green business events is increasing — and for good reason. These gatherings often produce tons of waste in terms of food, emissions, energy, and more. In fact, each participant at a public event usually creates 2.5 pounds of waste each day. Moreover, a lot of this waste ends up in landfills. Read on to learn how you can incorporate sustainability at your next business event.
A green event is one that has minimal to no impact on the environment. They’re planned intentionally to reduce energy usage, carbon emissions, and waste typically produced at these events. One way to make a meeting, conference, or product launch greener is by serving locally sourced, organic food. Locally sourced food uses less carbon emissions during transport. Additionally, you can opt for more vegetarian and vegan meals to reduce meat consumption.
There are even no-waste catering options that can help you cut down on food waste. If you do end up with food waste, consider donating it to local food banks in the area. What’s more, you can reduce plastic at the event by offering reusable utensils, cups, and dishes or ones that are biodegradable.
Instead of sending guests physical invitations, consider going digital. For example, you can send digital invites through event apps, websites, and email. This helps reduce paper waste and carbon emissions during transportation. Moreover, you can throw a virtual or hybrid event to reduce waste even more.
Participants love a good swag bag. You can provide sustainable gifts by giving guests recyclable items. These include reusable water bottles or clothing made with organic cotton. Also, you can provide digital gift cards or donations that go to sustainable causes.
For more ways on how to make your business event more sustainable, see the accompanying resource.
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