Managing Consumption

DO YOU NEED IT?

  • Do you really need to buy it in the first place?

CAN IT BE HIRED?

  • Can existing products or equipment be used instead of buying new goods?
  • Can you hire or share instead of purchasing?
  • With some extra organisation and people power, can you salvage, store and re-use materials from your event break down?

PRODUCT’S CREDENTIALS?

  • What are the products made from? What is the chain of custody in terms of sustainability credentials – labour conditions, toxicity, waste management, resource use, manufacturing process, raw material extraction?
  • Is the product water intensive? Does it use a lot of water to get made?
  • Is the product energy intensive? Does it use a lot of energy to get made?
  • Is the product independently eco-labelled?
    • Does the product meet expected standards of manufacture, human rights, and responsible business practice?
    • Is the product manufactured locally and made from local materials.
    • Can the product be recycled?
    • Is the product made from recycled materials?

CREATING UNECESSARY WASTE?

  • Do you need to hand out an additional 100 thousand promotional flyers at your event creating more litter, when different advertising opportunities are available?
  • Can you influence participants, delegates, exhibitors, and traders to bring less disposable stuff, both reducing consumption of resources and producing less waste.
  • Are your activities buying into the one-way flow of resource use, consumption and disposal?

ENCOURAGING CONSUMERISM?

  • Do you need to have stalls selling useless items?
  • Are the activities at your event promoting needless consumption to your audience?
  • Does the product placement or sponsorship deals you promote less than responsible brands?
  • Can you come up with a better way?