7 Sustainable Practices For Your Next Event

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7 Sustainable Practices For Your Next Event

Sustainable practices are essential across all industries, and event planning is no exception. The way events are planned and executed can have a significant impact on the environment, which is why event planners must take steps to minimise their environmental impact.

This blog lists 7 easy ways you can implement sustainable practices for your next event…

What are sustainable event practices?

Sustainable event planning refers to the process of organising and hosting events in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. It takes into consideration the entire lifecycle of an event, from the planning and production stages to post-event evaluations and follow-up.

The goal is to minimise negative impacts of the event on the environment while still ensuring a successful and enjoyable time for hosts and attendees.

1. Venue Choice

Conduct research to find sustainable venue options; key things to look for include venues that are powered by renewable energy sources, have water conservation measures in place, or plans to reduce waste.

2. Reduce material waste

An easy way to make your event more sustainable is to reduce paper, plastic and food waste.

There are plenty of methods to achieve this, including:

  • Replace paper invitations, flyers, programs and signage with digital versions
  • Trying to avoid disposable food and drink options, such as plastic cups, paper plates and drink cans; instead, consider hiring a mobile bar, which allows guests to reuse one glass throughout the duration of the event
  • Use potted plants instead of cut flowers for greenery
  • Check out local second-hand shops for unique furniture and decorations
  • Place clearly labelled recycling bins throughout the event premises

3. Reduce food waste

Food waste is a major problem at events, particularly those with large attendance numbers, which is why planning ahead with sustainable solutions is so vital. Luckily, there are a few ways you can limit wasted food at your event.

Instead of individually wrapped finger foods or set menus that pre-determine portion sizes, offer a buffet-style menu so that guests can serve themselves the correct amount of food and return for second helpings only as required.

You can also create a composting program by providing necessary bins and educating guests about the location of these bins and the importance of using them. Even with these sustainable practices in place, food waste is unfortunately inevitable, so partnering with organisations or vendors who donate leftovers to a local food bank can be a great option for minimising wastefulness.

4. Hiring vs Buying

Consider hiring décor–or sourcing second-hand materials–for your event rather than purchasing single-use options that will only end up in landfills. 1800 Bartender offers mobile bar hire as a convenient and affordable way for guests to enjoy their favourite drinks at your event. They can be decorated to match themes and can even be branded with the company’s logo or slogan.

5. Support local businesses

By sourcing materials and services from local vendors, event planners can reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation and help support the local economy.

6. Encourage carpooling and public transportation

Single car occupancy is one of the least sustainable ways to travel, so it’s important to provide key information to guests about public transportation options and carpool initiatives.

7. Opting for sustainably focused organisations

Our team at 1800 Bartender will be happy to help you achieve your vision for your next event, while also prioritising sustainable practices to minimise your environmental impact.

Our hire services, including mobile bar hire, cocktail bar hire and juice and smoothie bars, are a great option for individuals and companies who want unique and personalised packages without the waste.

Call 1800 Bartender today on 1800 227 836 to discuss your next event.

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