Eco-Friendly Events: How to Host an Environmentally Sustainable Event

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a birthday, or even a corporate event, it’s time to think green. The eco-friendly movement is growing in popularity but still has room for growth. Many event organizers have been neglecting the importance of hosting a sustainable event, and it’s about time to do so. If you’re ready to take the next step toward eco-friendliness, here are some tips for throwing an environmentally sustainable event.

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Create a waste management plan for your event

As you’re planning your event, waste management is one of the most important things to consider. Any good eco-friendly event aims to minimise the amount of waste in landfills and oceans. If you want to ensure that your event goes smoothly and leaves as little impact on the environment as possible, you must have a plan before anything else. First, you must make arrangements with the venue of choice, like those you can find at the Wow House. You can then have enough bags or bins available for guests who bring their cups or bottles (if this applies). Also, ensure there are recycling bins near all food stations so people know where to put their items after eating them. This will help keep waste management under control and also prevent trash from being littered around town by accident.

Choose local, organic produce

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You can also choose to purchase local, organic produce. Not only will you be supporting the local economy, but you’ll also be helping the environment. Local food travels shorter distances and is generally fresher than its non-local counterparts. Plus, buying from local farmers reduces carbon emissions from transportation by up to 80%. Additionally, choosing organic products helps reduce your event’s impact on the environment because pesticides used in conventional agriculture can pollute waterways and harm wildlife (not to mention people). You may also want to consider purchasing fair trade items such as coffee.

Use post-consumer recycled materials wherever possible

If you are hosting a massive event, perhaps in Wow House, and want to minimise your environmental impact, start using post-consumer recycled materials wherever possible. This means that consumers have already used the items before being recycled. For example, use tablecloths made from recycled plastic bottles or chairs made from recycled wood instead of brand-new items. You can also choose to use biodegradable plates, cups and cutlery instead of plastic ones (which will end up in landfills for hundreds of years).

Avoid plastic straws and cutlery

Plastic straws are a major source of plastic pollution. The best way to avoid using them is by not having them at all, but if you must have some, try paper straws instead. Reusable cutlery and plates are great alternatives that will help reduce waste and save money in the long run. You can also opt for compostable cutlery or biodegradable plates made with materials like bamboo fibre or corn starch.


Hacienda Xcanatun in Merida, Yucatan and its Gardens

Walking over the Bridge in the Gardens

There are many ways to host an eco-friendly event. By following some of the tips outlined in this article and using your creativity, you can create a sustainable event that will not only benefit the environment but also leave a lasting impression on your guests.


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