These days, it seems everybody’s talking about going green and how trade shows need to be more environmentally savvy. But a few shows are actually taking action on the ideas.
It should come as no surprise that one show leading the way is Natural Products Expo (both East and West). They have an official sustainability program that involves their chosen venues and suppliers involving waste management, donation programs, water and carbon offsets, and more. They even have a Sustainability Task Force that works to find new initiatives. You can learn more about their programs in this article on TSNN.
Two apparel shows, Functional Fabric Fair and Texworld USA, are also joining the green movement by offering sustainability resources for attendees and exhibitors.
Functional Fabric Fair is focused on showcasing apparel that is sustainable, and expects the exhibit displays to be so as well. Show organizers have also have worked with the host venue to reduce single-use plastics and offer a recycling program.
Texworld USA actually used the hashtag #yearofsustainability for this year’s show. They cut down on printed materials and reused signage from previous shows. They also offered educational sessions on sustainability practices.
And the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) made so many changes to their event that it resulted in receiving the TSNN Best of Sustainability Award, which will be presented at the TSNN Awards this November. Some of their initiatives included food donations and carbon offsets.