Every day, more companies are making products that harm the world. It could be for food packaging or anything else that uses plastic. While it can be difficult to persuade those companies to stop producing plastics, you need to look for ways to begin on your own.
If you’re planning to host your next event, try to keep it as green as possible. Listed below are the ways you can incorporate eco-friendly ideas into your event:
1. Use E-invites
Even if paper is biodegradable, people would still throw them away if they no longer need it. If you’re hosting an event, you probably would need to send invitations to your guests to let them know about the event and that you invited them.
You must know that no matter how unique and great-looking your invitation is, your hundreds of guests would probably just throw them out after your event as they no longer need it and consider it as added clutter for their homes.
To take part in helping to save the environment, but also informing people about your event, you can send them e-invites.
E-invites is an electronic invite that allows you to send invitations through email. Depending on the app that you use, your guests can send an RSVP back to you through the invitation. You can search for different apps on the Internet like Greenvelope, and you’d be surprised with how many invitation templates you could choose from.
2. Green Venue
One of the best ways to host an eco-friendly event is by looking for venues that are going green.
Luckily, some venues today are taking part in saving the environment without compromising the quality of the way an event will come through. It can happen using low-flow toilets, paper-free events, solar panels, or even using locally-grown ingredients for the catering service.
If you’d like to go full-green, you might want to consider holding an outdoor set-up so that you wouldn’t have to worry about the cooling or heating of the place, allowing everyone to enjoy the breeze of the natural air. However, you need to be cautious about the weather for that day and avoid hosting an outdoor event if it’s bound to rain or snow.
3. Consider Guest’s Transportation
When you’re hosting an event, you must know where most of your guests are coming from. If they’re coming from a single city, it’ll be beneficial if you could pick a venue within that area so that they wouldn’t have to worry about bringing their cars which add to their carbon footprint.
Each time a person uses the car, gas that can be harmful to the environment is released. To discourage your guests from bringing their cars with them, you could choose a nearby venue with easy access to public transportation.
Not only that you’d be helping to save the environment by reducing their carbon footprint, but you’re also allowing your venue to be accessible for everyone, attracting more guests to attend your event.
4. Locally Source
Another helpful way you can decrease carbon footprint is to locally source your suppliers for your event. It could be an event organizer, caterer, venue stylist, and more.
When you source your suppliers locally, you’re encouraging them to reduce their carbon footprint by giving them a more accessible option to use public transportation instead. However, if your suppliers must bring a vehicle with them as they carry loads of items, they can decrease transport time, not allowing themselves to contribute significantly to the carbon footprint.
As you locally source your suppliers, you’re helping to save the environment and, at the same time, supporting local businesses. You’d be surprised how many great ones are only living within your area which you could consider for your next nearby event.
5. Use Eco-Friendly Decorations
Unless you have a supplier which will be in charge of your event’s decorations, it’ll be best if you could go green even with your decorations.
If you’re planning to host an event just right on your yard where you celebrate a wedding or a birthday party, try to use eco-friendly decorations and avoid purchasing plastic ones thinking that you might use them again. Believe it when people say that you’ll never use them again.
You could begin by using live flowers and greenery for the decorations. Not only that it’ll be eco-friendly, but it can give the entire venue a fresh atmosphere. When you purchase artificial flowers thinking that you can re-use them again, you’ll just find them in the storage room after. They might not be apt for your next event or it might take long before you get to use them again.
Besides using flowers, you can also use heavy-duty curtains as a backdrop or window treatment for your event. After the event, you can still use the curtains all-year-round as they’ll never go out of style. You can use them in your living room after the event.
6. Avoid Disposables
Some people who are trying to save a few bucks would choose to purchase to-go meals for their guests instead of hiring a caterer for their event. While that can be cheap and convenient, you’re not taking your part to help save the environment.
With food to-go, anticipate that they’ll be in paper or plastic containers along with plastic utensils. After your guests make use of them, they’d just simply throw them away to the trash bin.
To allow yourself to help save the environment, it’ll be a lot helpful if you could provide your guests with fewer disposables by making silverware and ceramic plates available by the catering table. While they can be an added expense, they can help to save the environment and, at the same time, make your guests feel special as you’ve gone beyond what you must do for their meals.
Trying to save the environment isn’t an easy task as you need to consider and compromise plenty of things. Some find that going all eco-friendly can be expensive, but wouldn’t it be worth it if you could help save the world?
When you’re hosting an event, it’ll be great if you could try going green. You could start with little steps by reducing your plastic and paper waste and try to go digital as much as possible. There’s nothing wrong with trying to be a friend to mother earth.