Hale Events, organiser of events including Giving & Living and The Source, has announced its intention to go single-use plastic straw free at all of its 2019 trade shows.
The organiser supported Final Straw Cornwall as part of its Expowest Cornwall event, running a ‘straw amnesty’ for exhibitors and businesses to dispose of their old plastic straws.
The announcement comes as plans to ban plastic straws in England and the EU have been making headlines. Within the exhibition industry, Completely Events has also partnered with the #OneLess campaign to remove single-use plastic bottles from its events.
As well as no longer using plastic carrier bags, Hale Events is planning to stop using plastic wallets for exhibitor and visitor badges, which tend to be only used once and then thrown away. The organiser has come up with solutions for 2019 that enable exhibitors and visitors to pre-print their badges, or collect them on arrival, and then use completely recyclable badge clips to fix them to their clothing, or bags, avoiding the need for wallets.
MD Mike Anderson said: “We will look back on this time with incredulity. Plastic can be a fantastic and practical product, if multiuse or fully recyclable, but it is so irresponsible to dispose of items that have only been used for few minutes or hours. We will be doing everything we can to cut down on and ultimately remove any single-use plastic items”.
Hale Events also works closely with event caterers to remove single use plastic from their offerings. At Expowest Cornwall, Truro & Penwith College, the event caterers, introduced a wave of environmental improvements and initiatives aimed at reducing single-use plastics and creating a cleaner environment for Cornwall.
They have removed single-use-plastics from the restaurant, and replaced them with compostable paper cups, biodegradable take away containers and cutlery. They also stock re-sealable cans of water, made from aluminium, which are 100% recyclable, instead of plastic water bottles