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3 GREEN IDEAS THAT SAVE EVENTS MONEY

It is hard to put on a successful event. The weather, staff, and logistics are always against you.

The last thing you want to do is be green.

However, some green ideas can save you a lot of money and time. 

Here are 3 ideas that every festival and event should implement.

Stop Single Use Compostables and Plastic Products

  1. In 40 years only 14% of plastic has been recycled

  2. Compostable Plastic still has to be sorted and composed of like plastic. Unless you are paying for proper systems it will cost you more money and have no real effect apart from green washing.  

  3. It takes almost the same amount of energy to produce a reusable product as a compostable product. 

  4. Whether compostable or plastic. If single-use they will litter the event and make it untidy. 

 

SOLUTION: 
Use a reusable cup system like Globelet. This will save your event a lot of money and create real change.

Tane WIlliams Globelets

 

Deposit Can Systems

  1. Unlike plastic aluminium cans are more readily recyclable.

  2. Festivals like Harbourlife and Grove in the Moo put a $1 deposit on all cans. 

  3. This means that customers do all the sorting and recycling of cans for the customers and saves you a lot of money on cleaning. 

  4. If you must use cans and wet pour is not an option, this is a great green option for events

SOLUTION:
 The Brazilian/Australian team of Motti Smith are leaders in implementing a solution like this. 

Waste Management

  1. Festivals can produce a lot of waste. 

  2. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you have a can or reusable cup system.

  3. Vendors and Camping create the most waste. 

  4. The best solution is to contract a waste team who understands events and does 100% of sorting of both recycling, rubbish and compostable bins. 

  5. This has the benefit of having a record of where all your waste comes from, what it is and how much it cost so you can strategise to minimise it in future years. 

SOLUTION:

Clean Event is the only waste company that will sort 100% of your waste and recycling so you can have data on your true diversion rate. 

THE 10 MOST SUSTAINABLE STADIUMS IN THE WORLD

Every year stadiums and major events across the world are going reusable. From the Rio Olympics, Rugby World Cup, Fifa World Cup and more. They all decided to stop using single use plastic cups. 

WHY?

Reusables increase revenue.
Reusables are great for the environment. 

Reusable Cup Stade de France

Reusable Cup Stade de France

1. Stad de France

Stade de France is the flagship stadium of France. As France is the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic, it seems fitting that Stade de France is the first on our list.

Facts:

Where: Paris, France

Date it went reusable: 2010 first stadium in the world to go reusable

2. Rio Olympics

The Olympics went reusable. It transformed their beer sales, created a scarce momento and eliminated all their single use waste. Reportedly fans lined up not for the beer but for the cups. 

Where: Rio, Brazil

3. 2015 Rugby World Cup

Reusable ecocups from Rugby at Twickenham Stadium

Reusable ecocups from Rugby at Twickenham Stadium

England decided to set the standard and in 2015 Twickenham Stadium went fully reusable with the Rugby World Cup reusable "Fan Cup". Over 140,000 single use cups were being thrown away every event, so with reusable Globelet like cups this has now been reduced to zero. 

Estimated Increase in Revenue:  $1-300,000 AUD per event
Estimated Waste Savings: 140,000 single use cups
Facts

The Twickenham Fan Cup has provided:

  • A cleaner stadium and significantly reduced the waste leaving the stadium.
  • A quality cup to enjoy a drink at no extra cost.
  • A value souvenir to remember your experience at Twickenham Stadium.

Where: Twickenham, England

4. Soccer World Cup

Soccer World Cup Reusable Cups

Soccer World Cup Reusable Cups

Yes Brazil went reusable for the Rio Olympics, but it also did it for the Soccer World Cup. It increased beer sales, and was a bright cup which meant that people enjoyed getting photos taken.  

Where: Rio, Brazil

5. Euro 2016

Euro 2016 Cups France

Euro 2016 Cups France

These are probably some of the best looking reusable cups we have ever seen.  Made for the Euro 2016 soccer world cup. This event was impressive with their WASTE MANAGEMENT actions, with a complete report on why they want to stop single use waste. They went on to achieve a 50% recycling rate, zero waste to landfill and greater public awareness by following the 3R Strategy (Reduction, Reuse, Recycle). 

Where: France

6. Stade de la Beaujoire

Stade de la Beaujoire Cups

Stade de la Beaujoire Cups

Stade de la Beaujoire is leading the way with its partnering stadium Stade de France. Every Rugby Club in France has it's own collection of reusable cups where the rugby clubs have committed to eliminate single use waste. 

Where: Beaujoire, France

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HOW TO GROW PLANTS IN A GLOBELET CUP

You can easily plant seeds in a GLOBELET , as opposed to buying traditional starter pots. This can save you some money and is a simple way to recycle old GLOBELETS you may have lying around. Seeds can germinate and grow in just about anything, so long as they get enough nutrients, warmth, light and water. Later, after the plants are growing, you can transplant them into larger containers.

Step 1

Look at the seed packet instructions. Some seeds need to be treated (soaked in water or abraded with a knife, for example) before they are planted, according to The Garden Helper.

Step 2

Fill the Globelet with three-quarters full with potting soil. You can sometimes use soil from your yard, but potting soil is typically better--soil from your yard may contain seeds, insect larva or plant diseases.

Step 3

Wet the soil with water from a watering can (or hold the Globelet beneath a trickling faucet).

Step 4

Poke seeds into the soil. Different plant seeds require different spacing--check the seed packet for recommendations. Typically, you should place seeds 1/8 inch deep and should not crowd them together. You can, however, always thin the plants out when they begin to grow if there are too many.

Step 5

Place the Globelet on a saucer. The saucer will catch water draining from the cup so it doesn't run all over everything. Place the saucer in a warm, sunny area and keep the seeds moist--don't let seeds dry out too much or they may not germinate.