With a storm brewing in Cape Town this weekend, we are staying indoors and developing feeding bags for this handsome guy and his buddies.
Consider the following:
· It takes 16 – 26 litres of water to produce only 1 litre of bottled water
· Stressing plastic contaminates the water
· It producers plastic waste
· Plastic takes +-450 years to decompose.
· Plastic bottle tops are currently not recyclable
· Plastic often end up in the Ocean and endangers marine life.
· Looking for a new holiday destination this summer, how about Plastic Island?
For a greener event, why not supply reusable water bottles and
provide water coolers to refill them? These bottles could be branded with your company
logo or event details, the delegates get to take something home and less plastic
waste needs to be recycled or ends up in our landfills and
Keys are used every day, to unlock all sorts of doors, to your home,
shop, office or car. Most people love to customise their much needed bunch of keys.
Key chains branded with your Company Name, Logo or tag line can be one
of the most useful gifts to give to clients or delegates. Prices can vary from
the inexpensive mass imports to Eco Friendly and handmade, dependent on your
budget and your audience.
Try to purchase locally when procuring promotional key rings as delegate
or corporate gifts. Not only will you be supporting local employment but you will
also be reducing the carbon footprint of your event.
You have probably heard this expression before but what does it actually mean?
A company or organisation is considered to be greenwashing when they spend more
time and money claiming to be ”green”, than actually implementing greening
policies. These are largely done through advertising campaigns and elaborate
An example of this would be a hotel that advertises they are an eco friendly and
green establishment because they ask you to reuse your towels & sheets etc
but do not implement green policies in their back of house.
For more info on Greenwashing, I found this interesting and informative website, follow the link to Green Washing Index to find out more.
I have recently discovered Pinterest and oh my, my evenings have not been the same since. It started out being another way to show case the products of MAHH but being quite visual I was hooked from the first click. Now I or Made At Home Handicrafts has 36 boards with everything from being passionately South African, to upcycling and yummy recipes, after all, we all need to eat right. Visit our boards and tell us what you like. Happy Pinning!
I attended an event greening workshop facilitated by Grace Stead of Steadfast Greening at Intaka Island last Thursday. What an inspiring day set in an oasis in the middle of Century City!
The vision of Steadfast Greening is to explore simple practical solutions that
promote sustainable living and address global issues, so that people can
understand why they need to do things differently and what they can do to make a
The workshop included, Energy Efficiency, Waste Reduction and Transport Coordination.
All attendees were also awarded with 4 CPD points from the M.I.C.E Academy (Meetings.Incentives.Conferences.Exhibitions)
"The procurement (purchasing) of goods and services is a core activity relating to events. Eco - procurement is giving preference to products that are not harmful to the environment. It also supports the concept of local economic development through the procurement of local goods and services due to reduced transport costs. " an extract from the Smart Events Handbook by the City of Cape Town.
Really great handbook for planning Green Events and has advice on member organisations to verify contacts and avoid ""greenwashing". The hard copy is printed on SAPPI Triple Green paper, an environmentally-friendly paper stock made from chlorine free sugar cane fibre to support sustainable afforestation in South Africa. Click the link above for the online version.
MAHH produces a green range aimed at event organisers, simply contact us to find out what latest items are on offer.