4. Choose paperless options
Instead of wasting paper on printed invitations to corporate events, choose digital invitations instead. There are many websites that allow you to create personalised, interactive, digital invites that allow you to track RSVPs with ease. You’ll save on printing and postage costs too! Instead of handing out printed brochures, documents and flyers at your event, make information downloadable on your website instead.
5. Be water wise
With much of Australia currently in drought, water is a precious resource not to be wasted. Choosing a conference venue that collects and reuses rainwater is a good way to support sustainable practices. For example, rainwater at RACV Cape Schanck Resort is collected in a 100,000 litre tank, and is then repurposed for irrigation and waste water. Every drop counts!
6. Limit food waste
It’s estimated that each year in Australia, more than 5 million tonnes of food ends up decomposing in landfill, emitting harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Limit food wastage at your next conference by carefully planning menus based on attendance numbers. It’s often tempting to over-cater, but seek advice from the venue’s caterers before ordering to limit the amount of food that gets binned at the end of the conference. Even better, choosing a venue that composts its food waste will considerably reduce your conference’s carbon footprint. RACV Cape Schanck Resort has a worm farm and compost system, which reduces the amount of food waste ending up in landfill.
7. Give green gifts
If you want to give your conference attendees, keynote speakers or special guests a gift, opt to give them small potted plants such as cacti or succulents, or travel-friendly biodegradable seed packets if you have guests coming from near and far. A living gift that they can plant at home and enjoy for years to come is a much greener option than a plastic, single-use item that will probably end up in landfill.