Making your space more environmentally conscious
Eventbrite have released their 2020 event industry trends and it’s a great indicator of the market for those who host their own events and extremely informative for those who rent their space out to events to see how they can better support organisers.
One big change between the 2019 and 2020 reports is the number of event planners citing sustainability as one of their main focuses; only 11% in 2019 claimed it as a priority compared to 69% in 2020.
So what are the top ways planners are looking at improving their green credentials this year? And are there any areas they're missing?
E-Tickets over paper tickets
84% of Eventbrite’s respondents put E-Tickets as the top step they’ll be taking towards building a more sustainable event.
E-tickets are increasingly common and while you can have actual PDF tickets with scannable codes, like you’ll use at the cinema, often the receipt email with reference number is enough. Unless you’re creating a special collectors edition ticket or designing for a wedding, a ticket really isn’t the star of the show so minimising waste surrounding it makes sense.
Reusable and biodegradable items for food & beverage
53% of respondents have said they are looking at using reusable or biodegradable items for food and beverage. For dedicated events spaces, this is not going to be an issue for you as you’ll have more than enough reusable cutlery and crockery.
One way you can take an extra step is stopping using takeaway cups at any coffee spots you have, or offering a discount on people who bring their own reusable takeaway flasks if you’re not ready to do away with single-use cups altogether.
The important thing is to make sure where you do use biodegradable items, you have the supply chain in place to take them away. Unfortunately, the majority of landfills are currently too crowded for biodegradable items to be able to break down properly.
Public transport and carpooling
41% will be looking at encouraging public transport or carpooling. We’re very luck at Switch, being based in Nottingham, we’re home to the winner of the UK’s best bus operator, and have trams and trains as well.
If you’re based in a city, the likelihood is you’ll also share these convieniences. The more people that use public transport, the happier the planet will be, and, the less congested the roads will be because of fewer cars so you’ll have less stressed out guests.
If your venue is based out in the sticks, suggesting car-pooling is another compromise. Some venues even offer mini-bus services from the nearest bus station or town centre, especially for larger events like weddings.
What are some other inventive ways you can cut down on your carbon footprint this year?
Reducing your food waste
The UK food industry creates 1.9 million tonnes of food waste every year and in a landfill, it can’t biodegrade so it’s just contributing methane to the atmosphere.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Through a mixture of composting and food donation, you can massively cut down on your food waste. If you don’t have gardens to create your own compost, which most venues don’t, you can reach out to local allotments and gardening clubs to see if they would be interested in food waste for composting.
You can compost vegetable peels, coffee grounds, loose tea leaves you can even compost newspapers! All it takes is a few bins specifically for these items around the place and you not only helps reduce your venues footprint and waste but become more involved in your local community.
As for non-compostable food, such as leftovers from a buffet, you could look at donating them to homeless shelters or even, just letting your staff take them home rather than wasting them. There are also a growing number of online communities and apps where you can advertise leftover food for people to come and claim at the end of the day.
Reusing decorations and being careful which you choose
We all love decorations but some are more kind to the environment than others. Balloons have been a party staple for every birthday milestone, from 1 to 21 to 40 and now there are whole ranges of biodegradable versions available.
If you host more formal affairs which necessitate printed invitations, look at Seed Paper which is recycled paper with seeds inside, it can be torn up and thrown in the garden to create lovely clumps of flowers. Not only is this more green but it's something memorable that people will remember about the event before it’s even happened.
What are some other ways your space can become more environmentally friendly? Already taken some inventive steps? We’d love to hear
To read the full Eventbrite report click here