Designing green events should never be approached in a piecemeal manner. From venue selection to recycling, it is important for corporate event planners to have a full strategy in place to drive decision-making and shape the event.
Once there is buy-in from the client, venues, and all parties involved, then it's time to select resources and supplies to help you execute it. Here are 9 ideas.
1. ViridiSTOR Green Box Solution
Ideal for trade shows and small conferences, Green Box Solution by ViridiSTOR reduces the cost of printing conference material and significantly reduces waste. Here is how it works.
- Upon arrival, attendees are given USB drives.
- As they visit exhibitors or trade show booths, the USB drives can be inserted into the copier.
- Desired brochures, pamphlets, and presentations are copied on to the USB drives.
2. Eco-Design Filtered Water Stations
Purified water stations, carafes and glasses can eliminate or reduce the use of plastic water bottles in guest and meeting rooms.
Available from the Green Event Shop, the following compostable cutlery, dishes and straws are excellent resources for event planners.
3. Potato Starch & Soy Oil Cutlery
Made from potato starch and soy oil, this compostable cutlery is:
- dishwasher safe
It's heat tolerant (to 220º F) and it degrades in 90 - 180 days.
4. Sugarcane Plates and Bowls
These attractive dishes are formed from sugarcane fiber. They are sturdy enough to hold full portions and liquids like syrup and gravy without leaking. They degrade in 30 - 60 days.
5. Ecosafe, Bioplastic Bags
Made from bioplastic corn, these biodegradable "trash" liners break down in 10 - 45 days.
Branch Home has a range of products for sustainable green events, including recycled napkins and bamboo utensils and dishes.
6. Compostable Veneerware Tableware
From 100% organically grown bamboo, elegantly designed. Veneerware cutlery, dishes and trays break down in 4 - 6 months.
7. "EcoLogo" Certified, Recycled Paper Napkins
These 100% recycled and fully compostable and biodegradable napkins help reduce the carbon footprint when you want to design green events.
8. Biodegradable Straws
Germany's Greenware Party Goods creates biodegradable straws in a variety of colors and designs at their wind powered manufacturing facility. Food safe soy ink is used for the patterns.
9. Eco-Tablecloths and Runners
Greenware Party Goods also fashions beautiful tablecloths and runners from recycled paper