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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. 

HOW GLOBELETS ARE WASHED AT FESTIVALS

A showcase of our Better Future Factory in Sydney Australia. All washing and drying machines were customs built by Globelet to ensure products are 100% clean, use minimal amounts of water and come out 100% dry.

Washing cups can be difficult. So we made it easy. Here is how we do it. 

Major Events: 

At major events (over 10,000 people) Globelet has 2 options. Onsite washing or offsite post-event washing. 

Onsite Washing:

Our Globelet Washing HQ

How it works: 

All Globelet's are washed onsite. We have a central hub (Globelet HQ) inside here we run our washing machines, logistical equipment, distribution and a front of house.

Globelet supplies: 

  • Staff and Logistics

  • Marquees and Set Up

  • Conveyor cup dishwashers and Conveyor cup dryers

  • A cup return station and support

  • Swimming pool to soak cups

  • Optional wash your own cup bins

Event supplies: 

  • Water access

  • Power Supply

  • Volunteers

We have a happy and helpful team willing to make anything work for an event.

We have a happy and helpful team willing to make anything work for an event.

Offsite Washing:

Our friend Thomas Heaton looking after production washing

Our friend Thomas Heaton looking after production washing

How it works:

Some events prefer to have the majority of the cups washed offsite. This is usually due to the amount of cups they require and access to water is difficult. 

All the cups get shipped dirty from an event and washed and dried at our HQ. 
Two new washing stations being developed in New Zealand and Australia. 

Cups in the pool being washed post festival after ACL.

Cups in the pool being washed post festival after ACL.

The Team Stacking Cups

The Team Stacking Cups

 

Other Events: Globelet Washing

Some tips if you want to wash the cups on the site yourself. 

 

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  • Have a place from the passage of electrical cables.

  • Have a drinking water point (hot if possible) available.

  • Have a discharge wastewater to reach and out of the passage groups.

  • Provide an electrical point to illuminate the night stand.

  • Install a table, there lay three plastic tubs (we can make available to you on reservation):

The washing set up

Tray 1: wash glasses with a green liquid dish, with a sponge without scraper.

Tray 2: first rinse.

Tray 3: a mandatory second rinse.

The water in the rinsing tank must be renewed regularly. The water in this tank is emptied and refilled. 

Some liquids make the glasses smell and colour (including wine and coffee). If you can not wash the glasses immediately, let them soak. If you wash the cups in hand, please make sure they are washed properly. 

The glasses are machine washable but traditional dishwasher can "throw" the cups because they are lightweight, take a test. We also offer professional glass washers for rent.

The drying space 

our drying rack

our drying rack

Cups should ABSOLUTELY be dry before being stacked and stored. Moist, they become moldy and smelly. We would be obliged to charge you for washing. 

Globelet's are slow to dry. So plan time and space. The method of a pyramid of cups seems to be the best option, but beware of drafts.

Drying is less simple than it seems: polypropylene did very little caloric inertia (compared to glass or metal). So we cannot rely on the heat stored in the dishwasher.

If you have technical constraints to your event, do not hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find a solution.

Once these points considered, you will have a clean site, the public appreciates the approach and you will save hundreds or thousands of plastic cups (which constitute more than half of the waste of the event)..

Wash against Waste

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The Wash Against Waste Trailer is an eco-friendly waste reducing system that is available for hire at any event and can be used by anyone.

The Wash Against Waste trailer was built  in November 2013 for the purpose of waste reduction at events. Sarah Jane Murray, our Waste Programme and Development Manager, was an influential force in establishing the trailer.

Working closely with Auckland Council, Ecostore, Kemsol and Smart Environmental, the trailer was launched to become a strong success and a leader in waste-reduction systems for any event. It has since been featured regularly at the New Lynn Night Markets and also attended Splore 2015, and a range of local school fairs.

The Wash Against Waste trailer is the first of its kind in New Zealand. EcoMatters is a NGO and we are aiming to turn Wash Against Wast into a social enterprise for the organisation. We need your help to keep it going and achieve our goals of total waste reduction at events. To support us, you can hire the trailer for any event, with a small hire fee, there are plenty of different options to suit your budget and your event.

Visit the Wash Against Waste website for more details: www.washagainstwaste.co.nz

If you require further information please contact Sarah Jane:

sarah@ecomatters.org.nz