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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 TO REDUCE WASTE AT EVENTS…

The waste generated at events has become a major issue. 

Disposable plastic cups litter fields at festivals with smashed cups

 But there are even bigger issues. 

  • Cheap tents get left at the end of events. Smashed. With no option but too go to landfill. 
  • Generators suck litres of diesel just to power the sound systems.
  • Disposable plastic water bottles are consumed just to keep festival goers hydrated. 
  • Thousands of people drive with half empty cars to the same destination with no thought to share the ride. 

The result is tens of thousands of dollars in waste expenses.

It is hard enough for Festival directors to make a profit. The last thing the want to think about is their waste. 

Enter Green Shoot Pacific (GSP).

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GSP are New Zealand's leading event sustainability professionals providing a full suite of sustainability services including waste minimisation strategies.

Founded by one of New Zealand's leading festival directors, Amanda Wright from Splore Festival and New Zealand's leading sustainability consultant, Dave Watson. 

Together they have created remarkable results at numerous festivals in New Zealand including Splore, Rhythm 'n' Alps and Northern Bass

Their main focus includes 

  • The identification of sustainability issues and their impact. 
  • The development of integrated management systems and action plan
  • Team Training

And much more… 

If you are looking at reducing your waste, support the environment and reduce your waste cost. 

Check out GSP here

 

 

 

Dave and Amanda (GSP) with Globelets. 

Dave and Amanda (GSP) with Globelets.