At Cupanion® we attend trade shows and conferences across North America on a regular basis. They are a great way to get to know people in our markets and connect with current clients. However, every time we attend a new show we are flabbergasted by the amount of waste these events produce from start to finish.
We know there are numerous things that can be done by trade show organizers and attendees to reduce the environmental impact of the event. Below are a few of our top suggestions:
Offer Environmentally Friendly Transport
Use Local Food Sources & Donate Excess Food to Local Charities
Provide Attendees with a Reusable Cup or Bottle at the Event
Provide Attendees with Water Refill Stations versus Bottled Water
Ship & Travel Conservatively
Try to ship all trade show materials in one shipment and use lighter weight containers, if possible. You can also purchase carbon offsets to cover emissions that were generated during shipping and travel.
Ensure Marketing Collateral is printed on FSC certified paper
From signage to print material exhibitors/attendees can reduce their impact by using FSC paper or post consumer recycled material. Better yet, go paperless.
Bring Your Reusable Cup and Bottle
You can do your part by bringing your own reusable cup or bottle. Many large trade show facilities have water fountains that you can fill up at. Along with coffee and tea stations where you can use a reusable cup or mug.
Follow a Pack In/Pack Out Mentality
These are just a few suggestions on how to make your conference or tradeshow environmentally friendly. If you are interested in learning more about how Cupanion® can help your event’s environmental and social efforts, contact us today.