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15 Eco-Friendly Trade Show Ideas for Sustainability

Updated: Oct 4, 2023

Top 15 Eco-friendly Trade Show Ideas For Sustainability

As businesses continue to prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices, the spotlight shines on how you can make a significant impact at trade shows. In this blog post, we'll explore 15 innovative, environmentally-conscious ideas that you can adopt for your next trade show appearance.

#15 Avoid single-use plastic

Most single-use plastics are challenging to recycle and are problematic for waste management services. You can consider swapping plastic spoons and straws for bamboo ones, using biodegradable plant-based straws, or simply eliminating straws and drinking directly from the cup.

#14 Offer shuttle services

Transportation significantly affects the ecological impact of an event. You can encourage attendees to use public transportation or more eco-friendly travel options by providing special perks or discounts on products and services at the event.

#13 Cater to individuals, not the masses!

The UN reports that annual food waste in wealthy countries (222 million tonnes) nearly matches the total food production in sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). To minimize food waste, tailor your menu to the expected number of attendees. Collaborate with your local vendors who are known for sustainable practices and partner with food donation programs or consider options like composting and livestock feeding.

#12 Utilize reusable cutlery

Avoid plastic spoons, plates, and utensils – they only contribute to overwhelming waste. Ensure that any packaging materials that you use for food are recyclable.

#11 Choose biodegradable utensils as an alternative

If traditional china and other tableware are not feasible, consider biodegradable options. A variety of low-carbon impact, biodegradable tableware is available around the globe. Alternatively, you can also explore “biodegradable plastics” made from renewable resources like starch, orange peels, corn oil, and plants.

#10 Choose environmental-friendly giveaways

Don't let giveaway items contribute to your event's carbon footprint. Typical freebies at events, such as T-shirts, keychains, pens, and bottles, often end up in landfills. Instead, consider opting for eco-friendly gifts that appeal to the green side of your attendees.

#9 Opt for recyclable materials

It's predicted that by 2050, we could save 5.6 gigatons of carbon dioxide if recycling rates for industrial, commercial, and household waste reach 65%. Choose suppliers who utilize compostable or recyclable packaging, recycle containers for food and beverages, steel cans, etc. Ensure clear signage is displayed at your event to inform visitors about recycling practices.

#8 Implement an effective waste management plan

A significant amount of waste is generated by events, so it's essential to segregate waste correctly for recycling. You can implement a waste management plan that adheres to the 'reduce, reuse, and recycle' principle.

#7 Reduce paper usage by switching from print to digital

Embracing event management software is highly recommended and an often-overlooked green event idea. A comprehensive event software platform can help you digitalize different aspects of the event, eliminating the need for printed materials like flyers, brochures, and session schedules. By minimizing paper usage, you'll conduct the event more efficiently and at the same time, save costs, and boost ROI.

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In today's eco-conscious world, businesses are constantly seeking ways to reduce their environmental impact and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. A key area to focus on is the trade show sector, where green initiatives can make a significant difference in both reputation and resources. We at UltraTend stand out in the industry with sustainability as our key differentiator. Feel free to reach out to us at +44 20 3807 9480 or mail us at to book a free consultation so that we can discuss the different ways in which you can make a difference. And, to learn more about our service portfolio, check us out at

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