Go Digital

Using an iPad at registration not only provides a more professional and slick process but also avoids using pages of paper with the guest-list printed.

Event apps are also a good way to making an event more sustainable as delegates can access event information, including location, timings, breakout sessions and seminars, information on guest speakers, menus etc, reducing the need for printed collateral.

Reduce single use items

Although it would be more ideal to move everything onto a technology-based format to avoid printing, having printed items is sometimes a more desirable option. If your supplier isn’t able to provide recycled paper, question them and make sure they are FSC approved. This means that for every tonne of paper used, they plant two tonnes worth of trees.

You can also reduce single use items such as water bottles and coffee cups by offering refillable water jugs and crockery for serving refreshments, reducing the amount of plastic used. Bamboo and reusable cups are another great option.

Event Food

Every year, food businesses within the UK waste 3 million tonnes of food. To minimise food wastage of surplus food, using services like ‘Karma’ and ‘Too Good To Go’ allows you to collect leftovers from local cafes and restaurants. It’s worth considering rather than turning to your standard food delivery services.

‘Plan Z heroes’ have created a food donation platform that enables businesses to post their donations of surplus food online, and for nearby charities and community groups to claim food. This would make a significant impact especially at large scale events.

Question your suppliers

Ensure you are constantly questioning suppliers and venues on their process for the most sustainable solutions and also highlighting to colleagues, superiors or end-client which venues are the most sustainable, as this may influence their decision.