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Events, whether corporate or personal, all produce an immense amount of unnecessary wastage of resources and creation of surplus destined for a landfill.
Rather than thinking about the planet just once a year when Earth Day comes around, it would be great if we could put more thought into what small things we can do to make our events more sustainable, eco-friendly and help to reduce our Carbon Footprint.
All the waste we generate ends up creating harmful greenhouse gasses which are partly responsible for global climate change. This has affected the weather all over the world and the storms, hurricanes and tsunamis that we have seen in recent years have been some of the most devastating! Some people out there still live in denial that what we have done in the past few decades has not affected the planet but by the time they wake up to reality, it may be too late. With COVID-19 related lockdowns and stay-at-home restrictions in many countries in Q1 2020, the planet has already started to ‘heal’ in a relatively short amount of time. Reduced carbon emissions from planes due to a decrease in daily flights from 176,000 in March 2019 to 145,000 in March 2020 and a 55% decrease in commercial flights in the final week of March 2020 compared to 2019 (source: FlightRadar24)), less cars on the road given that people were in lockdown saw clearer skies and cleaner cities, so if we put in a little effort, we can reduce, reuse and recycle to help heal the only planet we currently have to live on.
How to make your event more Eco-friendly & Sustainable
Creating small changes so that we reduce the usage of our natural resources will make an event ‘sustainable’ and using items that biodegrade will make it ‘eco-friendly’. Here are 7 easy ways to help you reach this earth-friendly status.
Final Thoughts: Going green does not have to cost the Earth but it will help save our long-suffering planet to heal a little at a time. If we all do our part, a little can go a long way. Avoiding wastage of resources, unnecessary printing of flyers and documents or swags will eventually help keep costs down too. It will be a win-win situation for everyone!