Corporate events, company picnics, holiday parties, galas, festivals, and meeting and conventions are a handful of significant events that require tremendous amounts of energy while producing loads of undesirable waste. Though it’s just shy of becoming a trend, green event planning is on the horizon.
Bottled water conservation efforts are powerfully Earth-friendly. Get rid of environmental waste connected to bottled water, and your event is on its way to being green. A sustainable solution is to enlist the help of an Earth-friendly portable water cart. With the cart’s built-in water purifier and chiller system, source water becomes premium filtered water. Guests, using re-usable glasses, freely pour water from re-usable glass carafes and bottles. Whether indoors or out, the portable water cart easily moves to accommodate any event space. This approach appeals to guests and is a sustainable solution to the bottled water problem.
There are also a number of other Eco-friendly ways to 'green' events. Using re-usable utensils, plates and glassware made from recycled glass is the best bet, and second to that, Eco-friendly compostable food service products. Some biodegradable service options will actually break down in just 95 days, as is the case with the non-GMO vegetable starch products. With stylish 100% recycled napkins, guests won't be missing the conventional ones made from virgin paper pulp.
Another positive green step is choosing organic, locally sourced food that has been produced using sustainable farming methods. Buying local food reduces transportation fuel costs, and organic ingredients keep harmful chemicals out of our soil and waterways. Minimizing meat products is another important green initiative because of the dangerous gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) that are emitted by the raising of livestock. If an event planner is truly looking to reduce an event's carbon footprint, vegetarian or vegan meal options are the way to go.
Buying disposable products, rentals and florals from certified Green Vendors and opting to compost leftovers and recycle trash are fantastic green initiatives. Beyond that, there are solar powered generators, stages and lighting for use at outdoor events, recycled paper invitations printed with soy based ink, menu cards embedded with seeds that guests can plant, and the use of recycled carpets instead of turf for flooring. With the number of creative and effective Earth-friendly ideas to choose from, it's definitely possible to host a successful green event.
Protecting our earth is always the right thing to do, and green event planning is yet another way to accomplish that. I’d like to know your thoughts, and any green ideas you have to share.