10 Tips for Sustainable Event Planning


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Stop With the Handouts
Event programs are cute but get tossed in the garbage afterwards. You could display the info on a screen instead.
Event programs are cute but get tossed in the garbage afterwards. You could display the info on a screen instead.
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Paper makes up the largest share of waste materials tossed out at special events -- around 27 percent -- according to a study by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. No surprise there. If you've ever been to a business conference, you probably left with so many handouts, flyers, packets and pamphlets that you felt weighed down just walking out the door. And where are all those flyers now? In the trash?

Events can sometimes get paper heavy, especially if there's information that needs to be shared with everyone. To reduce the amount of paper you use, don't hand out flyers, folders or pamphlets to attendees. Instead, e-mail materials to guests ahead of time, or create a Web site with all the necessary information. If it's important for guests to view something, display it on a screen to everyone at once rather than distributing individual copies. By reducing the amount of paper floating around you reduce waste and litter.