7 Steps to Hosting a Green Event
Are you getting ready to put on a big event? If so, why not try and make it a greener one? Here’s how you can do it.
Avoid Disposable Utensils
It can be tempting to bulk buy a bunch of paper plates and plastic utensils for your party. However, both of these things are pretty bad for the environment. If you want your event to be as ecologically friendly as possible, you should always prioritize things that can be reused. This means that, even if you are able to recycle some of your paper plates, this isn’t as ecologically beneficial as using plates and cutlery that can be washed and used again.
This is one of the hidden environmental costs of hosting an event. When you are choosing what food to offer, consider the environmental impact of providing that food. If you don’t know what this is, find out! There are a number of online resources that will help you to assess the environmental impact of the food that you buy. It is worth investigating beforehand if you really want to emphasize your eco credentials.
Depending on the size and the scope of your event, you will want to provide facilities to your guests. For example, if your event is going to be a big one, you will want to hire a service like Satellite Industries. They have green credentials, and they offer both portable restroom trucks and vacuum trucks through Satellite VacuumXpress, both of which can be useful in planning big events.
Recycling is a no-brainer when you are planning a green event. Wherever possible, and where you can’t use reusable materials, try and find recyclable options. As well as providing recyclable items, also provide the facilities for your guests to dispose of them. Make it as simple as possible for your guests to sort their recyclable waste from the non-recyclable. The simplest way of doing this is to have both recycling and standard bins, clearly marked of course, next to one another.
Host During the Day
If you host an event at night, you will have to provide the means to heat and light the area. This doesn’t have to involve electricity, but many of the alternatives are impractical for larger events. It is therefore a good idea to host in the day whenever possible.
Themed parties can be a lot of fun, but they also generate a lot of waste. Much of this waste will be hidden from view. It will take the form of plastic from the costumes your guests buy, so avoiding themes will help your guests to naturally avoid generating excess waste.
Send out Electronic Invites
Invitations are one of the few things that people often prefer to send out on paper. Unfortunately, the more people you invite to your event, the worse it will be for the environment. The obvious alternative is to send your invitations out electronically. You can do this either via social media, or by email.
Depending on your circumstances, and the specifics of the event you are hosting, you may not be able to do all of the above. Do what you can though so that both you and your guests will feel better knowing that the event is a green one.