It’s Recycle Week in the UK this week, and to mark the occasion we thought we would take a look at how to improve recycling – and reduce the materials we use – at medical education events.
For a large event, there might be a wide variety of materials produced, from welcome letters and departure instructions, to signage, agendas and delegate notebooks, to name badges, lanyards, bottled water, stage sets, and more. Here’s some pointers for the kinds of things we try to do at Remedica to minimize production, maximize recycling, and generally be kinder to the planet.
The process starts at the event planning stage, when we create a list of materials to be produced and question whether each item is actually necessary:
Plus, this also reduces print costs, shipping costs and the impact of shipping on carbon emissions. Triple win!
Not all materials are created equal. As well as recycling, we can also start by:
In years gone by, once we’d distributed all the delegate materials, we would tick off a job well done. But we need to make it easy for delegates to recycle the items they don’t want to keep, so:
Overall, it’s a case of considering the entire lifecycle of event materials, including recycling, for every event. And actually, given the effort it takes by both agency and client to create event materials, get them approved, printed, shipped, and make sure they’re delivered in time, recycling is the easy part.
Speak to us if you'd like to learn more about how to improve your green credentials at your next event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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