World Environment Day 2018 – Plastic-free events

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 by

World Environment Day is an opportunity for us to come together to make a difference towards one of the greatest global challenges of our time: protecting our planet. This year, we’re encouraged to take action to #BeatPlasticPollution

While plastic has many valuable uses, our over-reliance on single-use or disposable plastic has severe environmental consequences.

We can all make changes in our day-to-day lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural spaces, our wildlife and our own health. But is it possible to extend this beyond the household recycling and produce plastic-free corporate events?

Corporate events produce a lot of waste and consume a lot of energy. Therefore, the environmental impact is an important factor that many organisers consider when planning their locations, themes and activities.

How Outlook can help

An environmentally friendly event at a venue that shares your green values can energise your team, shareholders and, most importantly, your audience. Our free venue-finding service will find the right space to limit your next event’s environmental impact.

We can take your plastic-free commitment further by delivering a fully integrated, end-to-end creative, technical and communications solution that reduces your plastic waste and promotes your brand as a progressive green ambassador.

Our experienced Events team can help you to reduce plastic and inspire attendees at your next event by:

  • Eliminating obvious things such as drinking straws, water bottles and coffee cups
  • Replacing bottled water with refillable bottles or containers that are refilled on-site
  • Setting up recycling services in meeting rooms for all items, including paper, plastic, metal, glass, cardboard, newspaper, fluorescent bulbs, toner cartridges, electronics, mobile phones and batteries
  • Using recyclable or reusable signage and name tags for conference groups
  • Building your theme around biodegradable decor
  • Organising environmental activities – rubbish collecting, retrieving plastic from waterways, tree planting 
  • Replacing printed materials with electronic communications for event organisation, such as our dedicated event app Ignite Response
  • Considering how you can exhibit heavy products or machinery digitally so you don’t need to ship them
  • Finding venues that use alternative energy sources when possible (solar, wind, geo-thermal, biomass or hydro)
  • Considering hybrid, biofuel or electric vehicle options when transporting delegates
  • Providing LED lights on timers/motion sensors if natural light isn’t possible
  • Sourcing local suppliers for food, entertainment and support staff
  • And more!

Get in touch to find out how we can #BeatPlasticPollution together in 2018.