EarthDay Ideas: Event Planning

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This is a guest post by John Simonetta, owner of Proforma Simonetta Freelance, an eco-friendly promotional items consultancy (see John’s blogs are designed to keep us up to date on the “greening” of his industry.

With Earth Day around the corner I wanted to write a few articles focusing on promotional items with a bent towards education.

The one thing about large events, any large large event, is that they are going to produce a lot of trash. That trash can be an educational tool in the hands of the right Ecopreneurist – the way it is planned for and the way it is disposed of speaks volumes to how green your event truly will be.

The folks at Tranter Graphics Inc help events start their event planning correctly by providing a wide selection of biodegradable and compostable cups, plates, napkins, utensils and bowls. My favorite items from Tranter are their line of GreenWare cups.

These clear cups come in sizes from 9oz – 16oz and are made of materials like sugarcane and corn starch which are 100% compostable. They work best for cold beverages and are a perfect solution for all those event booths selling beer, wine and sodas. End result, less trash in the landfill.

Events have 100s sometime 1000s of staff and volunteers. A great new way to identify them is the new #5 recyclable staff vest from Debco Solutions.

These vest are made from 25% recycled material, they are biodegradable, but they are also sturdy enough to be reusable. They are a great alternative to the polyester vests currently used by most in the event industry.

Other basic ideas for events?

  • Print your tickets, flyers, maps, etc., on recycled paper.
  • If you are selling t-shirts make them organic cotton, perhaps even with soy or water based inks.
  • If you are using give-away bags make sure they are biodegradable materials or recycled paper.
  • Use signage printed on nonwoven banners, a #5 recyclable material.

All these ideas are excellent ways for an event to demonstrate their practical commitment to hosting eco-friendly events. For more information on these items please contact


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