Sustainable Initiatives for Eco Friendly Exhibitions

Eco-friendly exhibits are woven into the philosophy of companies operating in the events industry with organizations adopting stronger measures to meet regulations. Green initiatives require constant action and commitment to continue environmental improvements and meet new business targets. As our knowledge of environmental damage increases, the evolution into a going green becomes a natural process, with cultural change and new corporate responsibility.

Here are some of the eco-friendly initiatives adopted in the Exhibitions Industry.

Recyclable displays and exhibitions materials.

A build and trash philosophy is a thing of the past as modular exhibits provide a contemporary display of exhibit construction that can be engineered and reused. Exhibition products should be reused and constructed from resilient and flexible materials.

Eco Friendly Displays.

Sustainable display solutions should include soft fabrics as alternatives to large PVC printed media; this enables the materials to be recycled. The dumping of plastics to landfill is severely damaging and less cost effective than new practises. Recyclable aluminum, ABS fittings and polyester fabrics are reusable and if supported by a hardware frame provide an effective display.

Setting Environmental Targets.

Monitoring and achieving environmental targets is a good way to track your company’s sustainable initiatives.  Carbon emissions are a primary objective for most businesses but cutting waste and consumables including paper and water have also become common practice. The environmental considerations should be embodied into employee behavioral programs across the company.  The organization may also aim to innovate with new display products which continue to highlight positive environmental impacts.

Avoid Harmful Compounds in Printing.

Dangerous chemicals commonly include inks, lacquers and cleaning solvents with their vapor mists causing ill health. Chemical contact may also cause skin irritations and the deposition of these materials causes significant environmental damage. Vegetable derivatives can be used as substitute solvents alongside acrylate inks

Promote the Prevention of Pollutions.

Recyclable displays and packaging should proudly display their harmful reduction to environmental pollution and pre and post shows media should advertise the effectiveness and success of environmental sustainability. Changing cultural practices is a large part of sustainability initiatives.

ISO 14001 Status.

This certification is an internationally recognized accreditation for green scores. The benefits of this system underline waste reduction costs without compromising on performance or service. The accreditation can work towards meeting legal objectives and increasing business opportunities as it places trust in the customer to plan ahead for the future.

Article contributed by James Barnett, an eco-friendly blogger and events management enthusiastic researching on behalf Nimlok, providers of Creative Exhibition Stand Designs.