Tips on how to run sustainable events

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, with lots of celebrations and events to attend. However, events can cause a tremendous amount of waste. 

At Live, we always want to keep our impact on the world to a minimum and working with our clients who have sustainability as one of their core values. We understand the need and importance of being as sustainable as possible. 

Here are three tips on running sustainable events and doing your little bit for the environment.

Waste not want not – 1.9 Million tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted by the food industry each year in the UK. If there are leftovers at your event, how about supplying recyclable take away boxes so leftover food can be packed up and taken home by attendees. Even better donate it to a local homeless shelter, local to the area the party is being held. 

A great example we saw of this recently was a blogger event held by Kiels who served all food that was made from excess, unwanted or wonky food. A fantastic way to save perfectly good food going into the bin. 

Photography: @Helen Anderson

Ditch the plastic – Between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year. We can do our part to try and reduce that amount by ditching the plastic and opting for glass. Glass hire is incredibly cheap, in fact with fantastic services from Waitrose, you can even hire glasses for free – Just paying a small amount for the replacement glasses that don’t quite make it back. Everyone prefers drinking out of glass to flimsy plastic cups anyway. 

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle – Events are hard work and when it comes to waste disposal it could be tempting to put everything into a black bin. However, that black bin is going to be added to a big pile of other black bins in landfills and do nothing for the environment. Working with incredible companies such as First Mile, who are zero to landfill and to make it even easier they provide you with recycling bags and even collect the waste for you.

Looking for someone else organise your sustainable events, look no further. Contact us here.

 

November 26, 2019