22 TIPS FOR ORGANIZING A SUSTAINABLE EVENT

  1. Pour your drinks into glasses or reusable cups.
  2. Apply a deposit to all your drinks, even for those in oneway bottles or cans.
  3. Provide reusable instead of carboard trays.
  1. Provide (carbonised) tap water.
  2. Switch to vegetarian / vegan as much as possible (e.g. meat free festivals Shambala, DGLT and Paradise City).
  3. Choose local food trucks and prepare a sustainability charter for them.
  4. Opt for fair trade or organic as much as possible. 
  1. Create as few different waste streams as possible.
  2. Make it possible for the visitor (if several materials / raw materials) to sort on the site.
  3. Provide waste islands with clear signage for this.
  4. Always put the relevant bins together
  5. Provide a container park from the start. Signaling is also important here!
  1. Choose light poles with sensors, almost every supplier now has this in its range
  2. Take a measurement, so you can compile a smart energy plan that avoids unnecessary consumption.
  3. Check whether the event cannot be «powered» by the fixed electricity network. For example, green energy can be requested for the event. If necessary, only for construction and dismantling and part of the energy demand at the event.
  1. Many merchandising materials are distributed at many events. Often these caps, stylos, balloons, … are still thrown in the garbage on site. Forbid this as an organizer or offer a ‘virtual goodiebag’ which you send by e-mail after the event.
  2. Find a printing company that works with recycled paper and / or vegetable inks for your signage. 
  3. Choose reusable materials like chalk boards or choose a sustainable banner material (for example: 100% made of PET-bottles).