Everyone agrees with being environmentally responsible – in theory. But how do you make the leap from paying lip service to green behaviour, to actually hosting eco-friendly events? Well, we’re glad you asked; here are some practical tips to making sure your next event is ecologically sound.
Invitations: Obviously, electronic invitations are the most eco-friendly method of getting the word out. Email completely removes the need for paper, printing or transport, plus having a digital copy is often much more practical for those guests that will inevitably misplace their copy. Then again, there are occasions when an email just isn’t special enough. In that instance, why not consider requesting recycled paper? That way you can still send out beautifully elaborate, personalised invitation with peace of mind.
Venue: Most places these days have developed some kind of environmental policy, but it’s always worth checking and asking a few questions. Particular things you should be looking into are: What is the recycling policy? What energy saving measures have been put in place? Are the venues suppliers vetted or held to a certain code? Is food sourced from local producers? The location of the venue is also important – obviously it’s better to be in a central location that’s easy for all your guests to get to.
Group Transportation: More often than not, particularly in somewhere like London, large groups of people will all be arriving and departing to similar hubs. Rather than greet your guests from their individual taxis, why not organise one coach to bring everyone? Or go all out and hire a fleet of human-powered bicycle taxis! Aside from the obvious reduction in carbon footprints (and novelty bonus), there are actually loads of practical benefits to this. Your guests will appreciate not having to worry about their own transportation, plus you’ll know exactly when everyone is arriving and going home!
Menus: There are many reasons AlchemyLive chooses to work with locally sourced, sustainable produce. First and foremost, it tastes better; the ingredients are fresher and better quality. But it also has a huge impact on the environment. Reaching out to smaller, local suppliers can help you source organic food, that is produced via much more sustainable methods, and that doesn’t rack up hundreds of air miles reaching the plates of your diners. Win, win, win.
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