Whether you’re planning a backyard bash, a park party or a branded event, an eco-friendly design counts. These days, environmentally friendly parties, concerts and events aren’t hard to find. They are, however, difficult to pin down. How does one create an eco-friendly event?
Fortunately, you have a few options available. Sure, avoiding littering helps. We also believe you should keep your space’s overall elements to a minimum. Below, we’re covering the industry’s best eco-friendly tips, collected for you—the planner. Put your best foot forward, and make sure the environment comes first.
Offer Organic Food
I believe catering can make or break an event. That said, you should keep a couple things in mind. Namely, you should consider how degradable your food is. Make sure your food is both local and organic, and prioritize your event’s environment while helping local distributors. Basically, source your food from local growers. Don’t purchase from a local grocery store. Additionally, make sure your products were grown without synthetic fertilizer and pesticides. By relying on local farmers, you’ll benefit the local economy. You’ll also lessen your carbon footprint.
Hold a Zero-Waste Event
Zero-waste events are big, and for good reason: They’re simple to create. Use biodegradable, recyclable and reusable items. Invest in services which provide zero-waste party kits. Many of these kits include compostable tableware, compost containers and biodegradable silverware. Even if your utensils, plates and napkins are taken by the wind, they’ll dissolve into the environment.
Get Digital with Invitations
You’re in luck, because digital invitations are favored by event-goers, anyway. Modern event-holders are sending out e-invitations, invitation texts and Facebook events. In doing so, they’re reducing waste. Why invest in paper, waste resources and throw money out the window? Digi-invites are growing rapidly, and there are tons of ways to get the attention of future attendees. Websites like Celebrations.com and Paperless Post, for example, offer digital invitation generators.
Serve Vegetarian Meals
Let’s step back into the world of food. If your catering service can make tasty, sustainable vegetarian food dishes, your guests will thank you. It’s more efficient, from an environmental perspective, to grow vegetables and grains instead of meat. Sure, meat tastes good. Its growth, however, produces a lot of pollution from animal waste—contributing to the world’s greenhouse gas levels. Plants are clean to grow, and they’re incredibly efficient bulk food sources.
Use Digital Signage
Digital notices work within an event, too. Successful events needn’t be loaded with pennants, posters and other printed materials. They only need to get the message across. Avoid the extra waste, and invest in digital signage. Sure, the down cost might be a little high. Consider this, however: You can reuse digital signage. You’ll need to toss paper, eventually. Digital signs can be mounted in stands, hung on walls and displayed across entire buildings. If you really want to get creative, consider using projectors. Digital signage saves the environment on the production end more than you know. By avoiding printed signs, you’re both avoiding printing costs and design costs. Make your designs online, then import them into your signage display.
Ditch the Plastic
Provide reusable bottles, when possible. Also, install refill stations. Your guests won’t mind the extra steps needed to fill up—if they’re eco-minded, too. If your guests simply won’t accept reusable bottles, set up a recycling area. Collect any plastic trash throughout the event. If possible invest in water bottle brands which sue recycled plastic.
Rely on Public Transportation
Big-city event holders, here, are in luck. If you can inspire public transportation, you’ll benefit the environment. Soho Studios benefits from a complex, accessible Miami street network. By using public transportation, event-goers can reduce air gas levels. They’re reducing produced pollution before ever stepping inside the event space. Plus, coordinated public transportation is fun. A little uniqueness goes a long way.
Invest in Biodegradable Décor
Don’t limit yourself to biodegradable plates, utensils and containers. Extend your eco-friendly materials to the décor. Sure, recyclable tablecloths are nice. Biodegradable tablecloths are better. Instead of cups, use mason jars. A few online stores offer these goods, and they’re well-versed in the art of event hosting. As a rule of thumb: Use glass whenever possible. Glass is one of the most eco-friendly materials you can use, and it’ll provide years of reuse—if you take care of it.
Use Digital Lighting
While torches, candles and similar lighting display items work, they’re not necessarily healthy from an environmentalist’s perspective. Use LED lights when possible, and avoid any big, energy-hogging installations. Your bill might take a hit, up front, but it’ll become consistent. Plus, you’ll spare the space’s air from unwanted organic waste.
Your event says a lot about you, as a provider. If you want it to be eco-friendly, you’ll need to coordinate every item, food selection and entertainment feature. Fortunately, you have a lot of options available. Craft an environmentally friendly event from the ground up, and support the world around you.